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The mission of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington is to provide quality care that respects Jewish values, particularly to those in greatest need. We are a local not-for-profit organization, and our doors are open to all in the community.

The mission of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington is to provide quality care that respects Jewish values, particularly to those in greatest need. We are a local not-for-profit organization, and our doors are open to all in the community.
Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Annual Healthcare Symposium

Mental Health Crisis in a Geriatric Population: Strategies for Clinicians and Caregivers
Friday, May 5, 2017, Woodmont Country Club

Our seventh annual educational symposium focuses on the latest research regarding mental illness in the geriatric population. Leading experts in the field will review clinical research on the types of mental illness, unique issues facing older adults, and treatments available in the local area. Discussion will also 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.

The symposium is designed for physicians, nurses, nursing home and assisted-living administrators, social workers, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals, and offers CME credit and CEU credit and contact hours for nurses.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear about the latest research surrounding mental illness and the geriatric population. 
  • Gain insight into the factors causing this crisis and how this ties into other public health issues. 
  • Understand the factors surrounding mental illness in older adults and what services are available. 
  • Learn about the unique dangers confronting older adults with mental illness.

Keynote Speaker: Steven S. Sharfstein, MD
President Emeritus, Sheppard Pratt Health System 

Topic: Geriatric Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century

Dr. Steven 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.

7:00 a.m.
Physician Registration
7:00 a.m.
Physician Session

Moderator: Elisa Gil-Pires, VP Medical Affairs, Medical Director -Charles E. Smith Life Communities

Susan Lehman, MD Clinical Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry - Johns Hopkins Hospital

Matthew V. Rudorfer, M.D., Associate Director for Treatment Research, Division of Services and Intervention Research - National Institutes of Mental Health

7:30 a.m. General check-in and registration  
7:30 –
8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Networking Opportunity
8:15 –
10 a.m.
Keynote: Geriatric Mental Health;
Challenges for the 21st Century
Steven S. Sharfstein, MD, President Emeritus, Sheppard Pratt Health System
10:00  –
10:30 a.m.
10:30  –
12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Educational Tracks
Track I (In formation) 
Nicholas Schor, MD, psychiatrist, Olney Psychiatry
10:30 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.
Track II Nonpharmacological Considerations: Practical Approaches Carolyn Eichberg, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Charles E. SMith Life Communities
Elspeth N. Bell
, Ph.D, Psychologist, Bell Center for Anxiety and Depression
Susan Webb, Director - Behavioral Health Crisis and Outpatient Services, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine 
12:30 –
2:00 p.m.
Luncheon Panel Discussion

Previous Symposiums
  • 2016: On the Horizon: New Approaches in Alzheimer's Prevention, Treatment and Research
  • 2015: Whole-istic Care for Seniors 
  • 2014: Palliative Care: Yesterday's Promises, Today's Challenges and Solutions
  • 2013: Care Coordination for Your Older Patients
  • 2012: Transitions in Care: Perspectives for Clinicians and Caregivers
  • 2010: New Frontiers in Dementia Care: Perspectives for Clinicians and Caregivers
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