ADAA is excited to announce a collaborative partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health in the presentation of an important free webinar focused on older adults and mental illness.
Mental illness is a growing concern among older adults in our nation. In the past year, about one in six people aged 50 or older had a mental illness, yet only half received mental health services. In addition, resources or information about identifying and responding to mental illness in older adults can be hard for service providers to find.
Please note that this webinar is not CE eligible.
Dr. Brent P. Forester, chief of geriatric psychiatry at McLean Hospital helps attendees:
- Understand general trends of mental health among older adults.
- Explain the impact of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses on older adults.
- Understand the nuances of Alzheimer’s and dementia and the impact these brain diseases have on the mental well-being of older adults.
This webinar is presented in collaboration with:
Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, is the chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and medical director for Behavioral Health in the Center for Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare. Dr. Forester is an expert in geriatric psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of older adults with depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral complications of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has previously served on boards of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire.
Dr. Forester’s research focuses on using brain imaging techniques and careful clinical assessment to better understand the causes of depression and bipolar disorder in later life and to identify promising new targets for effective treatments. He also studies novel treatment approaches to manage common behavioral complications of dementia such as agitation and aggression.