March 12, 2003

The Challenges and Opportunities for Providing Mental Health Services for Elderly
To Be Discussed by San Diego County Experts in Free Public Program

San Diego County health experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities for providing mental health services for the elderly in a free public program scheduled for 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2003 in the Auditorium of the UCSD Medical Center, 200 W. Arbor Drive in Hillcrest.

Titled "Serving Seniors: Raising the Bar on Mental Health and Aging," the program is co-presented by the County of San Diego Adult and Older Adult Mental Health Services and the UCSD community-based Center on Research for Older People with Psychosis.

The program addresses the mental health needs and prevalence of mental illness among aging baby boomers with a focus on present examples of people who succeeded despite the dual challenges of serious mental illness. Strategies that could be used by individuals as well as by the society to manage psychiatric disorders in later life and barriers to care for San Diego's older adult population will also be addressed.

Dilip Jeste, M.D.

Presenting a lecture titled "Mental Illness and Aging: Challenges, Hopes, and Strategies" will be Dilip Jeste, M.D., director of UCSD's Center on Research for Older People with Psychosis, Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, professor of psychiatry, and chief, Geriatric Psychiatry Division, UCSD and the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

Additional speakers will include Laurie Lindamer, Ph.D., manager, UCSD Center on Research for Older People with Psychosis; Rodger Lum, Ph.D., director, Health and Human Services Agency; Mark Refowitz, LCSW, director, Adult/Older Adult Mental Health Services; Pam Smith, director, Aging & Independent Services; and Piedad Garcia, LCSW, Ed.D, director, Adult/Older Adult Mental Health Administration Systems of Care.

This program is the first of a four-part education campaign that will include additional public presentations during the next year.

For more information about the March 27 program, call Jody DeLaPena at 858-552-8585, ext. 2743.

To read the previous news release for the joint program:

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