Patient & Family Resource Center

Optimizing Mental Health and Well-being in Older Adults: A free educational program exclusively for patients, families, and friends

About this event

DATE: Saturday, June. 8, 2013

Registration: 9:15 to 10 am

Program: 10 am to 3:30 pm


The Starr Center Auditorium

Mass. General Hospital

185 Cambridge St., 2nd Floor

Boston, MA 02114



Phone: 866-644-7792




Program Description

The Mass General Hospital Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend the June symposium Optimizing Mental Health and Well-being in Older Adults.

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to psychiatric and other brain disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, stroke, Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and medically-related cognitive deficits. These conditions are costly to families and society, and can severely compromise the quality of life for all involved. The mission of the Older Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Program is to optimize the mental health and well-being of individuals age 65 and older and provide education and support to their families.

In fulfillment of this mission, the Older Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Program provides multidisciplinary care for patients and support for their families; collaborates in research to advance knowledge and treatment; trains the next generation of geriatric psychiatry professionals; and works with community-based organizations to support the mental health needs of older adults in the communities served by Mass General.

The symposium will also include presentations by members of a patient and family panel. They will give a first-hand account of their journey through the aging process and will engage in a dialogue with participants.

About the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1934. In the course of nearly decades, its scientists and clinicians have made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Today, the department includes more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists and has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, which includes research in neuroscience, genetics, and the assessment of new and established treatments for mental health disorders.

Geriatric Medicine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital
The Geriatric Medicine Unit provides patient and family centered care in the context of each individual's functional and psychosocial situation. The Geriatric Medicine Unit team, which includes specialists in geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, geriatric nursing, and social work, develop a comprehensive care plan for each patient. Emphasis is placed on wellness promotion and improvement in daily functioning. This staff coordinates your care across the continuum, which may include hospitalization, rehabilitation, nursing home, and home care services.

Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
The Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, under the direction of Dr. Reisa Sperling, is affiliated with the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The Center’s mission is two-fold: to assess promising new treatments for Alzheimer's disease through clinical trials and to improve early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease by employing more sensitive clinical evaluations, biological markers, and neuroimaging techniques.

The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
Over the past 20 years, BHI, formerly the Mind/Body Medical Institute has treated thousands of people for medical problems and symptoms not fully addressed by conventional medical practice. At BHI, medicine is viewed as a three-legged stool: pharmaceuticals are the first leg, surgery and procedures the second. Mind body interactions – the relaxation response, nutrition, exercise, sleep and spirituality – are the third leg. Since roughly 60 to 90 percent of doctor visits are for conditions related to stress, the mind body or self-care approach is a vital component of effective health care.

The MGH Psychiatry Academy (MGH-PA) was launched in 2005 to bring high quality continuing medical education to psychiatrists, primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals around the world through live programming and the Internet. Since 2008 the MGH-PA has had more than 35,000 healthcare providers participate in live symposia and on-line activities. In 2010, the MGH-PA assumed responsibility for patient education programs that were formerly provided by the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center. The MGH-PA is now providing education for individuals, families, non-professional caregivers, and the community about mental health, translating the latest research advances into practical information to help people work with their doctors toward the most accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment results.

How You Can Help

Charitable contributions are an increasingly important source of support for research, professional and public education, and clinical care at the Mass General Department of Psychiatry. Our community education programs are made possible by the generosity of individual and foundation donors. We welcome and appreciate contributions of any size, and maintain donor confidentiality at all times. To make a gift to support the public education programs of the MGH Department of Psychiatry, please contact the MGH Development Office at 617-726-2200 or visit us online.

For information on specific needs and giving opportunities, please call the Director of Development for Psychiatry at 617-724-8799.