White House Conference on Aging

May 19th, 2005 by Adam

White House Conference on Aging Seeks Public Input
at Plymouth State University Hosted Conference

Plymouth State University will host a daylong conference on mental health, substance abuse and aging Friday, June 17.

In 1995, a similar conference was held at Plymouth State to address rural mental health issues. Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz, professors in the social work department at PSU, served as members of the planning committee for both conferences. Gorin was also nominated by Governor John Lynch as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.

The conference format includes moderated sessions, keynote and luncheon speakers, and a facilitated opportunity for New Hampshire citizens to provide information, comments, solutions and general input on predetermined topics to the White House conference policy committee.

The keynote address “Aging Issues in America Today” will be presented by Gary Bailey, president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

An overview of trends in Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Aging will be presented by Stephen J. Bartels, medical director of the Bureau of Behavioral Health and scientific co-director, Older Americans Substance Abuse and Mental Health Technical Assistance Center.

A luncheon presentation will feature Robert Blancato, president of Matz, Blancato & Associates, Inc., a member of the Policy and Executive Committees of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.

The conference is an independent aging agenda event as recognized by the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and will present an opportunity for New Hampshire citizens to provide information, comments, solutions and general input on this important topic.

The theme of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging Policy is “The Booming Dynamics of Aging: From Awareness to Action.” The conference is funded in part by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services, Nursing Facility Transition Grant.

Professor Gorin says, “The aging of our population brings serious challenges to older adults, families and our society. We’re pleased that Plymouth State University is co-sponsoring this important conference to address the mental health needs of older adults and make recommendations to the White House Conference on Aging.”

Registration is $15 and includes lunch and conference materials. To register, contact the UNH Institute on Disability, 10 Ferry Street, Unit 14, Concord, N.H. 03301. Payment must be received prior to participation in the conference. For information, call (603) 228-2084.