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Neighborhood news

Mental health is focus of free forum

Published February 16, 2007


At the annual Sun City Center mental health forum, residents will hear speakers on topics including depression, retirement adjustments and Medicare.

Other issues to be discussed include the role of caregivers, the mind-body connection, legal and financial affairs, medication use and misuse, mental fitness, the older driver, memory and dementia, as well as pending legislation that effects older Americans.

This year's Sun City Center Mental Health Coalition forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W.

The seminar is for all community residents and their families, even for those who feel happy and well-adjusted.

Organizers plan breakout sessions in which participants can ask questions of speakers and panelists.

Guest speakers will include doctors, lawyers, financial advisers, insurance representatives, geriatric care managers and other service professionals.

Among them is Lisa Brown, an assistant professor in the Department of Aging and Mental Health at the Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida. Her field of research includes indirect self-destructive behaviors, suicide assessment and interventions for older adults, the effects of terrorism among older adults, mood and anxiety disorders, dementia, and long-term care.

Other speakers are Emma Hemness, a Brandon attorney who specializes in elder law; Eileen Poiley, director of education at the USF Suncoast Alzheimer's and Gerontology Center in Tampa; professor Lawrence Schonfield from USF's Florida Mental Health Institute; and Charmaine Andrews and Katherine Goosney from the West Central Area Agency on Aging.

Attendance is free, but early registrants get a free lunch. To register, call 871-6207, ext. 250.

[Last modified February 15, 2007, 08:00:27]

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