TOMS RIVER, N.J. – According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression affects more than 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans who are age 65 or older, but this illness often goes undiagnosed. In fact, as many as 20 percent of people who die by suicide visit a doctor the day they die. When depression is accurately diagnosed, 80 percent of clinically depressed individuals can be effectively treated.
In an effort to increase the diagnosis of depression among the elderly – and prevent geriatric suicide – Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, a Barnabas Health facility, will offer a free forum exclusively for healthcare professionals on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, located at 1691 U.S. Highway 9 in Toms River.
“Geriatric Depression: Signs, Symptoms & Treatments” is designed especially for healthcare providers as a resource to learn about the role of the medical professional in diagnosis and treatment; identifying the proper care plan; exploring alternatives to medications; and discussing various medications, related benefits and side-effects. Lectures will be given by experts from Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, including Muralidhar Krishnaiah, MD, Geriatric Psychiatrist; Cheryl Caputo, LCSW, Director of Inpatient Social Work; and Henry Leach, PharmD.
According to Deanna Sperling, Chief Operating Officer at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network, “Our goal is to shed light on these alarming geriatric depression statistics and bring healthcare providers together to improve detection and treatment of depression and hopefully reduce suicide risk.”
Participants should arrive at 8:30 a.m. for registration, a hot breakfast and networking. After the lectures, a tour of the hospital will be provided.
The free forum is sponsored by Preferred Behavioral Health of New Jersey, O’Brien Funeral Home and Smart Connections. It is offered to healthcare professionals for two continuing education credits. While this event is free, seating is limited and registration is required by calling 1-888-724-7123.
About Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
The Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center offers an extensive array of high-quality, clinically-focused programs. These programs include a 100-bed acute care psychiatric facility which provides inpatient and intensive outpatient programs for adults and older adults diagnosed with psychiatric and dual disorders. At the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, the multidisciplinary staff includes experienced professionals in nearly every facet of behavioral health care. This allows the provision of truly customized and highly specialized treatment tracks, as well as programs for the dually diagnosed.
March 18, 2013
CONTACT: Shari Beirne