Program about mental health and aging set for April 8

March 25, 2011

A program called "Differentiating the Masks of Mental Illness in the Aging" will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 8, at The Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center at Hagerstown Community College, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown.

Speakers include:

 Dr. Matthew Wagner will speak at 8 a.m. on the topic "Delirium and Dementia, Similarities and Differences" and at 9 a.m. on "Medical Psychiatric Interface in Older Adults."

 Lt. Paul Kifer will speak at 10:15 a.m. on "Handling Behavioral Situations in the Elderly."

 Ann Lucas will speak at 12:45 p.m. on "Late On-set of Psychiatric Illnesses."

 Dawn Johns will speak at 1:45 p.m. on "Anxiety and Depression in Aging."

 Kim Burton will speak at 3 p.m. on "Suicide in the Elderly."

There will be a panel discussion with medical and law enforcement personnel from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., and from 4 to 4:15 p.m. a question and answer period will be held.

Continuing education credits will be available for nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing home administrators, social workers, psychologists, counselors, occupational therapists and speech/language specialists. The cost of the program is $64. To register, call 301-790-2800 ext. 236.

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