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November 15 • 08:05 AM
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Workshop to Promote Healthy Aging


06/15/2012 - Dr. Susan Wehry, Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living(DAIL), a board-certified psychiatrist, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine will be the key note presenter at the second workshop of the 2012 Geriatric Mental Health Series is hosted by Delaware County NY Connects. The workshop will be held June 19 at the New Hope Community Church in Walton. Dr. Wehry's presentation, Who is Minding Your Brain? Strategies for Mental Fitness in Later, will offer the latest findings about the aging brain and what successful aging is all about.

The theme for the 2012 Geriatric Mental Health series is myth busting. One of the myths the series addresses is the traditional view of the senior years as a time of inevitable decline. Both the keynote presentation and the afternoon sessions will offer new perspectives regarding aging. Dr. Anita P. Hoffer and Bill Taverner, members of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium of Widener University will conduct two separate sessions in the afternoon. The topic of sexuality and aging is rarely addressed and many find it a difficult topic to discuss. Both Dr Hoffer and Mr Taverner have extensive experience working with a wide variety of professionals and the public on sexuality and sexual health concerns.

The workshop is scheduled to run from 8:30 – 4:00 p.m. on June 19, at the New Hope Community Church in Walton. The program is open to community members and area professionals. There is a $150 fee includes lunch and all materials. For more information or to register for the workshop, call Drue Brenner NY Connects Coordinator at 607-746-6333 or email to druetbf@gmail.com.

The Geriatric Mental Health Series is made possible through funding from the Delaware County Rural Health Care Alliance, NY Connects, and the efforts of the Geriatric Mental Health Committee of the Delaware County NY Connects Long Term Care Advisory Council.

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