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Event: October 26, 2010 – Managing Pain in Elders: Challenges and Choices

Oct. 26, 2010-Managing Pain in Elders: Challenges and Choices

This all-day event, which is geared towards anyone who works with seniors, will feature presentations that explore different approaches to palliative care and discuss ways to reduce physical and emotional pain for elderly people.

The event, which goes from 9am-4:30pm at UJA Federation of New York, 130 E. 59th Street, offers continuing education credits. For more information, go to or contact Ellen Lewis at

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Friday, 04/23: AARP Create the Good Harlem Event

Friday, 04/23: AARP Making Create the Good Harlem Event

Complete Streets Week: April 19-23,2010: Making New York Walkable for all Generations.  Harlem Event, Friday April 23rd 2010 from 10:30am-12:00pm. 

New York ranks 3rd in the nation for pedestrian fatalities for people aged 65 and above. What would it take to make it easier for you to walk around your community? Can you walk on your sidewalks? Do you have enough time to get across the street? Are the crosswalks marked properly? 

Join AARP’s Create the Good and Harlem Hospital Center on Friday, April 23rd to survey the intersection of 135th Street and Lenox Avenue and evaluate it for walker safety. Participants and attendees will also view a Photovoice photography exhibit highlighting the issue of walkability in the Harlem community. Harlem Hospital Center, 506 Lenox Avenue at 135th Street. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Monique Hedmann at (212) 939-4239

4/23/10: GMHA Webinar – Anxiety Disorders Among Older Adults

The Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York invites you to a special webinar on geriatric mental health entitled

Anxiety Disorders Among Older Adults

presented by

  • Zvi Gellis, Ph.D., LMSW, Associate Professor, School of Social Policy & Practice and Director, Center for Mental Health Policy & Services Research, University of Pennsylvania

Friday, April 23, 2010 from 2:00 – 3:30PM

Cost: $25.00

This webinar will provide an overview of the types of anxiety disorders most commonly experienced by older adults. Topics will include:  symptoms of anxiety disorders, including emotional, cognitive and behavioral symptoms, effective tools for screening for anxiety disorders, and techniques for effective clinical assessment and treatment for anxiety disorders.

To register, please click here or

Click here to see the flyer!

After registering you will be linked automatically to a secure payment page and will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Social Workers may apply for Continuing Education Credit (CEU) for this webinar
(at no additional cost).


Thank you to the supporters of the Alliance: the Altman Foundation, FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, the van Ameringen Foundation, the James N. Jarvie Commonweal Service and the Mental Health Association of New York City.

Yusyin Hsin
Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of NY

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June 2, 2010: Fifth Annual New York City Elder Abuse Conference

Save the Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 • 9:00 am –4:00 pm

Location: New School Institute for Retired Professionals 66 West 12th Street New York, NY 10011

The Fifth Annual New York City Elder Abuse Conference is sponsored by • JASA • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale • New York City Department for the Aging • Carter Burden Center for the Aging • The New York City Human Resources Administration/ Department of Social Services • Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC, Inc. • The New School Institute for Retired Professionals • Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

A multidisciplinary conference for, but not limited to, • Attorneys • Financial Managers • Policy Makers • Physicians • Social Workers • Geriatric Care Managers • Home Care Managers • Educators • Researchers • Media • Clergy • General Public

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Fourth Annual Geriatric Mental Health Alliance Conference

Fourth Annual Geriatric Mental Health Alliance Conference

The fourth annual conference entitled “Caregiving in the 21st Century: Complex Roles, Innovative Practices” will occur on Friday, May 7, 2010 from 8:00am – 4:30pm at Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Our keynote speaker is Carol Levine, MA, Director of the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund, a program which focuses on developing partnerships between health care professionals and family caregivers, especially during transitions in health care settings (  She directed the Citizens Commission on AIDS in New York City from 1987-91 and The Orphan Project 1991-96.  In 1993, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work in AIDS policy and ethics.

In addition, we will be hosting a panel presentation on Health Care Reform: The Future for Older Adults and Their Caregivers to discuss health care reform’s impact on the expansion, delivery, and financing of mental health services for older adults, aging services, long-term care, the behavioral health workforce and supports for caregivers.

Special remarks will also be made by honored guests such as Adam Karpati, MD, MPH (Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene), Michael Burgess (Director, NYS Office for the Aging), Michael F. Hogan, Ph.D. (Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health), and Councilmember Jessica Lappin (Chair, NY City Council Aging Committee).

Please click here for the brochure and registration information.

Click to register online.

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April 18, 2010 1-4pm: Heartsick: Linking Depression with Cardiovascular Health CAA Health and Wellness Conference Series 2009-2010

Heartsick: Linking Depression with Cardiovascular Health CAA Health and Wellness Series 2009-2010

April 18, 2010 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM ET

 The Carlyle: 35 E. 76th St. at Madison Ave

Join the Columbia Alumni Association for high tea at the Carlyle and a discussion with renowned guest speaker.

Expert Karina Davidson, Irving Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatryand director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health will speak about the link between depression and heart disease.

Space is limited, so sign up now.

Questions? Contact Amy Delahunty at or 212-851-7831.

The CAA Health and Wellness Series launched in 2006 with the mission of connecting Columbia’s Alumni community with its leading doctors and researchers. Previous topics include Nutrition, Autism, Mental Health, Caring for Aging Parents, and Infectious Diseases.

Thank you for your interest in this program. This event is sold out. Please sign up for the waitlist below.

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Tuesday, March 16th, 10-11:30am: Aging In America Conference / Hartford and ART CART at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

Check out the information below regarding the Aging and America Conference where HPPAE Fellow from CUSSW, Rebecca Murray is presenting! For students interested in the ART CART program please read below for more information about the program and how to apply.

Will you be attending the Aging in America Conference in Chicago?

Be sure to check out this workshop presented by your fellow HPPAE Partners.

The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) is a national initiative to train and increase an aging-competent social work workforce. An overview of the HPPAE model and national findings will be presented, graduates will discuss their experiences in the program, and strategies for bolstering tomorrow’s leaders in aging will be discussed.

– Identify three factors contributing to the imperative for enhanced leadership
development of Master-level social workers to meet the workforce needs of an aging American society.

– Understand the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education model and learn three methods this model employs for developing aging-competent leaders.

– Become familiar with three needs identified by emerging professionals for improving their learning environment to become effective leaders in the aging arena.

Melanie Bryant, Widener University
Rebecca Murphy, Columbia University
John McKean, Dominican University
Kristie Patton, CSU-Northridge University alumni

Tuesday, March 16th, 10-11:30 am
Hyatt Regency Chicago, San Francisco Room

Students interested in the ART CART internship in the School of Social Work must apply and be accepted into the Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education (HPPAE). Acceptance into the HPPAE Program is required for this internship because the two slots available in our school are for spring rotations in the HPPAE.    In your HPPAE application, indicate if you are interested in this internship.  For more information, contact Professor Rizzo (

*Art Cart *is an intergenerational arts legacy project that will connect aging
professional artists with teams of graduate student fellows to undertake the preparation and documentation of their creative work, offering both groups an educational experience that will help shape the future of our cultural legacy.

*From Fall 2010 through Spring
2011 students from different disciplines will discuss issues of working with aging artists, document their legacies in oral and electronic form, and engage in new curriculum and practice which will be replicated at other universities.*

The recent study, Above Ground: Information on Artists III: Special Focus New York City Aging Artists/, revealed that artists are in many respects a model for society, maintaining strong social networks and an astonishing resilience as they age. Yet 61% of professional visual artists age 62+ have made no preparation for their work after their death; 95% have not archived their work; 97% have no estate plan; 3 out of every 4 artists have no will and 1 in 5 have no documentation of their work at all.