Older Adults in Maine: Ethical Imperatives, Social Isolation, Substance Use


Portland, ME | University of New England

Ludcke Auditorium 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04103

Portland, ME, US, 04103

April 3, 2020 | Portland Campus | University of New England
This year, Maine residents over the age of 65 are expected to outnumber young people. This has many implications for both older adults and for the providers that care for them. The Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine, the Health Resources & Services Administration, the UNE Interprofessional Education Collaborative and Center for Excellence in Aging in Health are collaborating to offer a series on aging. This one day conference will address the ethical imperatives of the workforce, the causes and effects of social isolation, and the impact of substance use and misuse on Maine’s aging population.

Presentations on loneliness and medication management followed by an interprofessional discussion of everyday practice in rural geriatric settings will cover the morning session. UNE students will participate during lunch for a panel on screening and intervention for substance use disorder in older adults. To round out the day, leaders will guide the audience in collaborative learning sessions on Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).

By the end of the conference, participants will be able to:
Identify and analyze substance use and misuse in older adults
Define and describe the health effects of social isolation across settings in older adults
Formulate strategies for prevention and change across practice settings with older adults

Participate in the full aging series with this conference and a 60 minute webinar:
Risks and Dangers of Polypharmacy and Opioid Misuse in the Aging Population.
May sign up for the program of your choice or register twice to participate in the full series.

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Lenard W. Kaye, Ph.D. Dr. Lenard Kaye is Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine School of Social Work and Director of the University of Maine Center on Aging. read more 

Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP Dr. Stephanie Nichols is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of New England College of Pharmacy.  read more

Tri-County Mental Health Services Team
Jennifer Pelletier, MSW and Kristin Gingrich, MSW

Dr. Shelley Cohen Konrad, Moderator, Dr. Stephanie Nichols, and Glenn Simpson, MSW

Learning Facilitators
Catherine Chichester, APRN, Clay Graybeal, PhD, and Craig Owens, MSW

6 CONTACT HOURS Nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, mental health and rehabilitation counselors, and behavioral health care workers. Pending for prevention specialists, pharmacists, and alcohol and drug counselors

PARKING Information Is Provided in Your Emailed Registration Confirmation | Check-in is at 8:00am

Starts at 8:30am Ends at 4:00pm | Printable Registration FormIncludes Continental Breakfast and Lunch

Storm Cancellations CCSME will follow the Portland Campus of UNE for weather closures. 

Email withdrawal requests with your name & address to ccsme@ccsme.org. Fees are refunded via check minus a $10 admin fee and online registration charges. No refunds with less than a week notice.  Read more