Suicide Prevention Among Older Adults: Insights and Challenges, Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, 12:00-1:00pm.
Many factors can contribute to suicidal ideation in older adults. Researchers have identified depression as one of the most important risk factors associated with suicidal behavior in this population. Even with this knowledge, depression is often overlooked and, therefore, untreated in older adults. In order to assess effectively for suicidal ideation, professional helpers must have an understanding of risk factors that increase an older person’s focus on death. In this presentation, we will look at current theories to strengthen our knowledge about suicide intervention. We will also address existing resources.
Patrick Arbore, Ed.D., Founder & Director, Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention, Institute on Aging, San Francisco, California
Dr. Patrick Arbore is the founder and the Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP), a program of Institute on Aging in San Francisco. Patrick conducts workshops and presents lectures locally and nationally on aging related subjects including elderly suicide prevention, ageism, hoarding, substance abuse, compassion fatigue, communication, depression, traumatic loss, and many others. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of aging related topics. He is a Senior Lecturer at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.; a part-time Lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley; and an Adjunct Faculty at the Wright Institute. Patrick was the recipient of the 2013 Mental Health and Aging Award presented by the American Society on Aging In January 2015, Patrick was a selected as a Silver Medalist for Public Service sponsored by the Jefferson Award Regional Committee.