Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME
Continuing Education Information: Certificates of Attendance provided for those who wish to apply for CEUs.
Deadline for receipt of mail registrations: Monday, September 26th.
Social health, is the critical third leg of the stool that combines with physical and psychological health to contribute to late life well-being. How communal and connected we are ultimately determines the quality of our personal relationships. Research has firmly established that social contact and committed relationships promote physical and emotional health. Conversely, social isolation is a major risk factor for multiple chronic illnesses and earlier death. While the most important contributor to social health in older adults are personal relationships, the quality of their relationships with others in our public and professional lives play a role as well in determining overall well-being.
This year we will explore the significance of a wide range of relationships in understanding older adult well-being including family relations, friendships, being a grandparent, intimacy and sexual relationships, divorce and widowhood, and interactions with community and health care providers. We will explore innovative and alternative forms of community and later life relationships that can forestall social isolation and loneliness. Creative programs and techniques that help maintain the integrity of relationships, open communication, and a sense of community will be explored.
School of Social Work