Charles E. Smith

Life Communities

Mental Health Crisis in a Geriatric Population Symposium

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Woodmont Country Club
1201 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

Charles E. Smith Life Communities is pleased to present the Seventh Annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Symposium, which focuses on the latest research regarding mental illness in the geriatric population.

Leading experts in the field will review clinical studies on the types of mental illness, unique issues facing older adults, and treatments available in the local area. Discussion will center on the long-term effects of mental illness in the expanding geriatric population, particularly as life expectancy continues to increase. Experts will discuss services available to help increase the quality of life of older adults, programs offered in our area, and what we can do to help those with mental illness.

Sharfstein, 2017 SymposiumKeynote Speaker: Steven S. Sharfstein, MD, MPA

Geriatric Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century

Dr. Sharfstein recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, where he worked for 30 years. A practicing clinician for more than 45 years, Sharfstein is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Maryland and is best known for his research and writing on the economics of practice and public mental health policy. He has held a variety of positions at the National Institute of Mental Health, including Director of Mental Health Service Programs.



6:45 a.m. - Early Check-in
7:00 a.m. - Early morning track (continental breakfast available) 
7:30 a.m. - Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - Welcome and Keynote Address
10:00 a.m. - Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions:
Track I:  Older Adults and Mental Health: The Unique Nature of Mental Illness
Track II: Nonpharmacological considerations: Practical Approaches
12:30 p.m. - Lunch and panel presentation 

Program Details

Speaker Biographies

CEU credit for social workers and nursing home administrators; CME credit for physicians available. This educational activity has been submitted to The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing as a joint provider for nursing contact hours. This educational activity is jointly provided with The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing for 4.75 contact hours.  

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Questions: Call 301.770.8329. No refunds.

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