Protecting Our Seniors in Michiana conference brings professionals and the community together

SOUTH BEND – The Gerontology Consortium of Michiana will host their fifth annual gerontology conference on Thursday, May 31. The event – open to healthcare professionals, families, friends and the community – takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Vincent Hall on the Holy Cross College campus. The conference will explore a wide array of topics related to ways in which seniors can be protected from potential financial, emotional or physical abuse and neglect.

The keynote address by Paul Greenwood, head of elder abuse prosecutions in the San Diego County District Attorney’s office, will address the many faces of elder abuse. That presentation will be followed by breakout sessions providing information on topics including depression and anxiety in the elderly, “seniorizing” your home, the use of pharmaceuticals in the geriatric population and the strain of chronic caregiving.

The fee to attend is $75 for health care professionals, $25 for caregivers and community members and $10 for students. Continuing education credit is available for nurses, social workers, mental health counselors and nursing home administrators. Continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, contact Pat Adams by phone (574/239-8364) or email (padams@hcc-nd.edu). Online registration is available at http://www.hcc-nd.edu/resources-and-programs/1/Gerontology-Conference.

About the Gerontology Consortium of Michiana (GCM)
Founded in late 2006, GCM comprises several area organizations that have partnered to promote education and service for the benefit of seniors in the community. The consortium includes organizations representing healthcare, higher education, local government and long-term care. GCM brings together organizations and individuals serving similar audiences in an effort to not only enhance collaboration between existing services, but also to create new ones, such as the June conference.

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Contact:

Maggie Scroope
(574) 647-3234
mscroope@memorialsb.org

Edgar Diaz
(574) 647-3273
ediaz2@memorialsb.org