The SUNY Oswego Active Aging and Community Engagement Center (AACE) &
The Rodney and Marjorie Fink Institute at Menorah Park for Applied Research on Aging (IMPARA)
Featuring Stephen Bartels, M.D. as Keynote Speaker and Geriatric Psychiatrist Nanette M. Dowling, D.O., M.H.P.A.
What role do mental health and mental illness play in the lives of older people? What costs are our region and its citizens paying because of untreated mental health conditions and the lack of prevention among the rapidly expanding older population? What therapeutic and preventive mental health care services for older adults, as well as new forms of effective, large-scale assessment and intervention, can be developed to allow CNY residents to age in good health and with optimal quality of life?
Aging in Focus: Geriatric Mental Health will provide an overview of the current situation and trends within the CNY community to raise awareness of the regional need for geriatric mental health care.
The keynote speaker and local experts will examine the impact of untreated or undertreated geriatric depression, anxiety and other disturbances as well as some of the barriers to service and the challenges of accessibility, quality, and capacity, and will explore some directions for positive change.
The primary objective of this event is to “light the fire” – to ignite community interest in the development of a regional collaborative infrastructure as well as methods and strategies for service provision, workforce development, translational research and its application, and holistic integration of mental and physical health systems.
8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40 Welcome and Review of Forum Objectives and Agenda
8:40 - 8:50 Testimonies Video
8:50 - 9:20 "Local Snapshot" - Discussion of Needs & Preliminary CNY Environmental Scan findings
9:20 - 9:30 Break
9:30 - 10:15 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen J. Bartels
10:15 - 11:15 Q&A with panel
11:15 - 11:30 Next Steps
About Dr. Stephen J. Bartels:
Stephen J. Bartels, MD, MS is the Herman O West Professor of Geriatrics, Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Community & Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, and Professor of Health Policy at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He is the Director of Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging where he oversees the Dartmouth Center for Aging Research, the Northern New England Geriatric Education Center, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center. He is a health services researcher focusing on developing, testing, and implementing interventions as related to the intersection between physical and mental disorders in older adults, including health care management, health promotion interventions for obesity in adults with mental disorders, integration of mental health and primary care, self-management, applied use of telehealth technology for co-occurring physical and mental health disorders, shared decision-making, community-based implementation research, and evidence-based geriatric psychiatry.
He is a past president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and founding Chair of the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation. Dr. Bartels served as the expert consultant and author for the Older Adult Subcommittee Report for the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and recently served on an Institute of Medicine committee on the future healthcare workforce for older adults with mental disorders. He has testified before Congress and has participated in Congressional briefings on aging and health policy and on funding for research on mental disorders in older persons. Dr. Bartels has been a recipient of two, 5-year research mentoring awards from the National Institute of Health and is the Principal Investigator for a multi-site, post-doctoral training program in geriatric mental health services research. He has numerous research and training grants, including funding from NIMH, CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA, AHRQ and foundation support.
About Dr. Nanette M. Dowling:
Nanette M. Dowling, D.O., M.H.P.A. is an Attending Psychiatrist and Associate Professor at State University of New York Upstate Medical University in the Department of Psychiatry and is also the Research Director at IMPARA.
Dr. Dowling is Board-certified in Psychiatry and the subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry. She earned B.S. degrees in psychology and genetics and an M.H.P.A. in Health Policy and Administration, and is a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.). She did her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University and completed a fellowship in New York State Geriatric Psychiatry, Columbia University Stroud Center in New York City, and Greater Binghamton Health Center, NY.
Dr. Dowling returns to Syracuse after a several years in her home state of Montana, a postdoctoral fellowship year in Binghamton and New York City, and a year as attending psychiatrist at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca. Dr. Dowling has taught widely, published, and received many honors such as Co-Chief Resident and instructor for first year psychiatry residents at SUNY Upstate Medical University and State Representative from the Montana Psychiatric Association to the Montana Medical Association. She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Geriatric Psychiatry Association and the American Psychiatry Association (APA).
Dr. Dowling’s interests span clinical practice to research and teaching. She has published and presented, most recently on “Caring for Elderly Patients with Mental Illness: Caregiver Training Workshop,” Northwest Health Care, MT; “Improving Care for Elderly Patients,” Montana Geriatric Care Conference Lectureship, MT; and “Substance Abuse in the Elderly,” State of Montana Annual Geriatric Care Conference, Missoula, MT; and “Overview of Dementia and Delirium and Treatment Updates,” Physician Grand Rounds Lecture, Northwest HealthCare. She sits on the Geriatric Scholar Certificate Program Planning Committee and is a presenting faculty member for the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers, and has taught in the Geriatric Clinical Practice Series of the Community Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.
AARP New York State
Caring Community Advocates
F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse
The Jewish Home of CNY Foundation
Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth
Onondaga County Department of Mental Health
Syracuse Jewish Family Service
Department of Psychiatry Upstate Medical University