Forum to explore suicide among older adults

Suicides are often associated with younger people but the focus of the 20th Annual United Way of Greenwich Late Life Issues Conference for Professionals will focus on Suicide in Late Life: Assessment and Intervention May 23 at Greenwich Hospital.

Topics include the incidence and prevalence of suicide among older adults; an exploration of suicide through film; ethics; end of life decisions; grief and the role of spirituality in end of life decision making and respecting choices — advance care planning and decision making.

An expert panel of speakers has been assembled to include doctors Gary Blick, Barry Boyd, Donna Colletti, Allison Ostroff, Justin Schechter and Kenneth J. Doka. A Biofeedback mini-session and Guided Imagery with Yoga Nidra will be facilitated by Henri Roca and Roberta Brown-Brugo, a doctor and registered nurse respectively.

Greenwich Hospital has been approved as a provider of nursing continuing education by the Connecticut Nurses Association (CNA) and five contact hours are pending. Approval is also pending for five Continuing Education credit hours by the National Association of Social Workers. The cost of the conference is $60.

Make checks payable to: United Way of Greenwich and mail to United Way of Greenwich, 1 Lafayette Court, Greenwich, CT 06830. For additional information contact Lori Contadino, director of the Greenwich Commission on Aging at 203-862-6710.

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