Gerontology 7th Annual Conference: Mental Health Issues in the Older Adult

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Gerontology 7th Annual Conference: Mental Health Issues in the Older Adult

Date & Time Location Registration
10/18/2019 - 8:00 AM Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Virginia Thompson Auditorium

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Gerontology 7th Annual Conference

October 18, 2019
7:30 am - Registration/Breakfast
8:00 am - 4:15 pm - Program

Thompson Auditorium
Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Education and Research Center

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Speaker handouts will be available 1 week prior to the conference
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  • Mike Kendall, LMSW, Senior Outreach Counseling, Eyerly Ball CMHS, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
  • Jerry Owens, LMHC, CCPD-D, Mental Health Counselor, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
  • Eric Johnson, MDiv, MS, BCC, Director Spiritual Care Services, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
  • Scott Larson, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Shehzad Kamran, MD, Chair, Psychiatry Department, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
  • Anisa Fornoff, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Drake University

Intended Audience:

Nurses, social workers, mental health therapists and interdisciplinary team members who have an interest in the care of older adults who have a mental health illness.


At the conclusion of this education activity, participants will:

  • Self-report the knowledge gained to meet patient care needs for older adults who have a mental health illness thus decreasing patient behaviors that may put themselves or others in danger.
  • Identify potential mental health issues with assessment of the older adult to effectively manage the issues, both while in the hospital and/or referrals for after care.


   7:30   Registration and Breakfast
   8;00   Welcoming Remarks

Overview of Psychiatric Issues in the Older Adult Population
9:15   Alcohol & Recreational Drug Use in the Older Adult Population
10:00   Break

Depression & Anxiety
11:45   Lunch
12:30   Medications: Depression, Anxiety, Sleep

2:30   Break
2:45   Determining Decision Making Capacity
4:00   Closing Remarks/Evaluation

Continuing Education:

UnityPoint Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  Nurses will receive 6.75 contact hours for attending this conference and submitting an evaluation.

Pharmacotherapeutic 1 contact hours.

Iowa Board of Certification (IBC) has approved 7.0 hours - Counseling Theories and Special Populations.

Participants must attend the entire program to receive continuing education credit.


Pre-registration is required by October 11, 2019.  No phone reservations will be taken.

Registration cost includes continuing education credit, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.  A cancellation fee of $20 will be retained for cancellations received on or before October 11th. No refunds for cancellations received after October 11th. Substitutions are welcome.

For more information, contact:

Daina Fleming - or (515) 241-5154

Lisa Baumhover - or (515) 241-5165

Day of conference phone number (515) 314-4495