Last week, Coastline, along with the Massachusetts Association of Elders, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Department of Mental Health, Bristol Elder Services, and St. Anne’s Hospital hosted its annual Mental Health Conference. This year’s theme was “Understanding Culture: A Bridge to the Emotional Well-Being of the Older Adult.”
The mental health of older adults is extremely important and runs over a spectrum of issues from concerns about dementia and Alzheimer’s to depression and the effects of cultural history.
Conference participants took part in several workshops addressing these topics, including “Respecting the Presence of History in the Lives of Older Adults,” “Cultural Competence and Older Adults,” and “Successful Aging in LGBT Populations,” among other topics.
Keynote speaker La Verne Saunders kept the crowd informed and entertained as she relayed humorous stories from her past that highlight the importance of educating oneself about other cultures and being sensitive to other cultures. And, by cultures, she means people of different ages, genders, and races and each individual’s preferences and histories.
There were also several organizations holding informational tables, and conference participants were able to learn about the community organizations and the services and programs they provide.
We would also like to say thank you again to the conference sponsors: Nizhoni Health Systems, Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred, and United Healthcare.
The conference was a huge success, and we are already looking forward to planning next year’s. You can subscribe to our website through our homepage to keep informed of Coastline’s latest events and news.