N.E.W. Mental Health Connection

Connecting stakeholders and resources to improve the mental health of our community

Mental Health in Older Adults

Thursday, May 18, 2017 -
08:00 to 11:30

The subject of this year's Creating Hope workshop is ministering effectively and with compassion to older adults who have mental health issues. Through the workshop, attendees will:

  1. Appreciate the importance of recognizing mental illness among older adults.
  2. Describe the features of the psychiatric disorders most commonly seen in older adults, specifically, depression, anxiety, dementia, and alcohol use disorders.
  3. Learn about resources available to help older adults with these disorders.
  4. Know more about recent research on religion, spirituality, and mental health among elders.
  5. Be able to identify challenges facing Baby Boomers coping with mental health issues as they age.
  6. Be aware of research that recognizes spirituality and religiousness as mental health resources. 

The workshop is being held at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N Oneida St, Appleton. Charge of $50 includes breakfast, presentations, materials, certificate of attendance.

Register on-line: www.samaritan-counseling.com/creating-hope


Dr. Art Walaszek is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH). He is Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development, and Director of Psychiatry Residency Training at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry. He oversees medical education in Psychiatry at the UWSMPHand chairs the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Graduate Medical Education Committee. Dr. Walaszek’s educational work has been recognized with a UWSMPH Dean’s Teach Award and an ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award, both in 2014.

Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Psychology of Religion and seminars on Dementia Studies. Dr. McFadden retired from the University in June 2012 and works as a research consultant for the Fox Valley Memory Project (www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org), which aims to create a “dementia-friendly community” in northeast Wisconsin.  She has published many papers on religion, spirituality, and aging.  Her most recent book (co-authored with her husband, John) is Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship, and Flourishing Communities (2011, Johns Hopkins University Press).