SeniorBridge Hosts Key Leaders in Eldercare Field for Conference
“Challenges in meeting the range of psychiatric needs in an aging population.”
(NEW YORK, NEW YORK), May 18, 2009 - SeniorBridge, a provider of professional services for individuals requiring care for chronic health conditions, hosted a conference of key leaders in the eldercare field and members of its Professional Advisory Board on May 8. The conference addressed the issues around challenges in meeting the range of psychiatric needs in an aging population.
A significant number of SeniorBridge clients have either primary psychiatric diagnoses or pronounced psychiatric problems in addition to deficits in activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL). Several of the conference participants presented an overview of their work with dementia or psychiatric patients, with particular focus on how the work supports ADL and IADL functioning. Attendees were asked to comment on how the programs presented were working, and where there might be gaps. The outcome of the meeting will be a white paper that explores best practices and gaps in service for aging patients with psychiatric needs.
The SeniorBridge Professional Advisory Board is a panel of renowned experts in the eldercare field, who are responsible for providing recommendations, guidance, and collegial support to SeniorBridge. Notable attendees of the conference included Peter Rabins, MD, MPH, member the SeniorBridge Professional Advisory Board, Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-author of The 36-Hour Day, the first comprehensive book about Alzheimer’s for the lay person; Barry Reisberg, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Fisher Alzheimer's Disease Program, Clinical Director, Aging & Dementia Research Center, Director, Clinical Core, NYU Alzheimer's Disease Center, New York University School of Medicine; and James Ellison, MD, MPD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medial School, Clinical Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program, McLean Hospital.
SeniorBridge, founded in 2000 and with offices throughout the United States, is a provider of long term care at home. The company addresses the total well-being of clients and their families through a comprehensive program that includes assessment, planning, service coordination, advocacy and direct care by a multidisciplinary team led by a professional geriatric care manager. The full range of services is customized according to the level of need and preference. The SeniorBridge program is especially beneficial for patients with complex problems, including chronic medical illnesses such as Congestive Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, and memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease; patients who require close oversight and management of care.
SeniorBridge is a knowledge-based professional organization that benefits from the support of its advisory board of internationally known experts on geriatric issues. Its corporate headquarters is located at 845 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022. For further information, visit www.seniorbridge.com.