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Beyond the Bias of Ageism: Older Adults' Mental Health and Addictions

JOIN US FOR OPMHAN'S FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE!

BEYOND THE BIAS OF AGEISM:
OLDER ADULTS' MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS - IT'S TIME TO TALK!

JUNE 1, 2006
8A.M. - 4 P.M.
MCDONALD BLOCK, 77 WELLESLEY ST. W., TORONTO

The mission of the Older Persons' Mental Health and Addictions Network of Ontario is to improve the Ontario system of care for older persons in the community who are at risk of, or coping with mental illness and addictions -- and to support those who care for and about them.

Why does OPMHAN care -- and why should you care about those older adults who are at risk of, or coping with mental illness, substance use or problem gambling in Ontario?

  • People are living longer and older adults will soon make up some 25% of the population of Ontario.
  • More older people = more older people at risk of and coping with mental illness and / or addictions - and more families and communities affected.
  • Older adults dealing with mental illness and or addiction problems face ageism + the stigma of the disease.
  • The good news - prevention and early intervention can make a huge difference - and strong community and social support, in combination with medical treatment when needed, really does work…

There is a huge need to raise awareness and educate older adults, family members, service providers and the public - that's OPMHAN's role. This conference will bring together those from across the sectors of aging, mental health, substance use and problem gambling to continue the provincial dialogue which members of OPMHAN have been engaged in since 2002.

Who should attend? This conference will be of interest to all those concerned about aging, mental health, substance use and problem gambling, including:

  • Health and social service providers in both the community and long-term sectors
  • Government leaders and policy planners
  • Administrators, researchers, educators and students
  • Older adults and family members
  • OPMHAN members

For registration and information please contact Randi Fine at 416-325-7643 or opmhan@sympatico.ca