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UMaine Center on Aging

The mission of the Center On Aging is to promote and facilitate activities on aging
in the areas of education, research and evaluation, and community service.


Ninth Annual University of Maine Geriatrics Colloquium (2014): Helping Older Adults in Crisis




MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014




 Click here to view the Colloquium program in PDF


Approximately 25% of adults 65 and older experience frequent mental distress,12% reporting that they “rarely” or “never” receive the social and emotional support they want. The challenges faced in serving these and other older adults in crisis include: 1) developing programs and services that meet the immediate needs of these individuals; and 2) insuring that those in distress and requiring immediate aid receive it when it will be most helpful. This conference offers a unique opportunity to learn from experts in the legal, health, mental health, and law enforcement fields who employ crisis and emergency assessment, intervention, and management techniques in their work with older adults who are confronted with threats to their well-being. In addition to enhancing current helping techniques, attendees will leave better informed of the challenges encountered by older adults experiencing crises in home, community, and institutional settings, as well as the specialized resources available to them in the state of Maine.

The 2014 University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium addressed such topics as:

  • Classic life crises and transitions in the aging process
  • Trauma and aging
  • Rapid response, crisis intervention, and stabilization techniques and methods
  • Suicide prevention - Principles of practice
  • Intensive short-term case management and counseling methods
  • Harm reduction and concurrent disorders services
  • The verbally and physically challenging older client
  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of impending crisis in older adults
  • Working with the frail, isolated/marginalized, at risk, hard to serve, and hard to reach elders
  • Multidisciplinary and interprofessional perspectives on older adult crisis
  • Person-centered approaches to crisis intervention
  • Creating controlled and safe environments for elders at-risk
  • Determining when elders are a danger to themselves and/or others
  • How to talk with older adults in a crisis
  • Helping older adults cope with disaster
  • Principles of crisis telephone support