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Quality of Life in the Later Years

Friday, November 5, 2004

The Massachusetts Medical Society

Waltham, Massachusetts


The McLean Hospital Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education

Shervert H. Frazier, M.D.
Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.
Medical Director
William S. Pollack, Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Education

Course Description As the population ages, focusing on the quality of life in the later years is increasingly important. McLean Hospital, an affiliated teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is proud to meet this need with this one-day continuing education conference. Our expert faculty comes from a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, social work, rehabilitation, and law, and they will comprehensively review topics that directly affect quality of life. Presentations include appropriate use of psychiatric medications, issues relevant to long-term care settings and home-care, sexuality in old age, healthy aging, legal issues, and common-sense strategies to improve quality of life. By the end of the conference, attendees will leave feeling better prepared to help the older people in their lives and practices improve their quality of life. Course Objectives
  • Understand appropriate uses of psychiatric medications.
  • Learn about legal issues related to late life.
  • Discuss solutions to boredom in the long-term care setting.
  • Explore issues relating to sexuality in old age.
  • Learn about practical measures to improve quality of life and health in late life.
  • Review issues relating to home-care.
Course Directors
James M. Ellison, M.D., M.P.H.
Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D.
Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.
This conference is supported in part by an restricted educational grant-in-aid from Janssen Pharmaceutica.


Friday November 5, 2004

8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:40 Introduction and Welcome
Donald Davidoff, Ph.D.
James Ellison, M.D., M.P.H.
Christopher Palmer, M.D.
8:40-9:30 Update in Psychopharmacology
Brent Forester, M.D.
9:30-10:20 Legal Issues
Donald Freedman, J.D.
10:20-10:35 Break
10:35-11:25 Boredom in the Long-Term Care Setting
Ruth Dukoff, M.D.
11:25-12:15 Sexuality in Aging: Myth and Reality
Cynthia Ardito-Fields, Psy.D.
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:05 Strategies to Improve Quality of Life
Bonnie Haley, L.S.W.
2:05-2:55 Healthy Aging
Edward Phillips, M.D.
4:30-5:00 Panel Discussion
All speakers for the day
2:55-3:10 Break
3:10-4:00 Psychiatric Home-care
Sumer Verma, M.D.

Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D.
Psychologist in Charge, Special Care Unit, McLean Hospital
Neuropsychological and Psychodiagnostic Testing Center, McLean Hospital
Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Cynthia L. Ardito-Fields, Psy.D.
Clinical Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Clinical Associate in Psychology, McLean Hospital

Ruth A. Dukoff, M.D.
Assistant Psychiatrist, McLean Hospital
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

James M. Ellison, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program, McLean Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Brent P. Forester, M.D.
Medical Director of Special Care Dementia Unit, McLean Hospital
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Donald N. Freedman, J.D.
Attorney and Principal, Rosenberg, Freedman & Goldstein
Public Policy Chairman, Alzheimer’s Association

Bonnie M. Haley, L.S.W.
Training Consultant for Professional and Family Caregivers
Outreach Coordinator, Duxbury Council on Aging

Edward Phillips, M.D.
Consultant, Department of Internal Medicine, McLean Hospital
Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School

Sumer D. Verma, M.D.
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
Geriatric Clinical Trials, McLean Hospital
Lecturer on Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Registration Tuition Fee: Doctoral Level Professionals: $160
Other Mental Health Professionals and Trainees: $95
If paying by check, make it payable to McLean Hospital and mail with the completed registration form to McLean Hospital, Department of Continuing Education, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478-9106. If paying by credit card, fax the completed registration form to (617) 855-2349, or mail it to the above address. You may register on-line at A confirmation letter will be mailed to you upon receipt of registration.

Refunds Refund requests must be received by mail or fax one week prior to the course. A $50 fee will be charged for all cancellations. There will be no refunds granted after October 29, 2004.

This course will be held at
The Massachusetts Medical Society
860 Winter Street
Waltham Woods Corporate Center
Waltham, MA 02451-1411

The conference center is located off of Route 128/Highway 95 in Waltham.
Directions will be sent with registration confirmations.
Telephone Number for the Massachusetts Medical Society: 781-893-4610

McLean Hospital Contact Information:

Telephone: (617) 855-3152 Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM (Eastern Time)
Online Information and Registration:

Accreditation Physicians: McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 category 1 credits towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Psychologists: McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for Psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for the program. Participants meeting the requirements will receive 6 C.E. credits.

Nurses: This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 7.2 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. RN, CS’s please note: As of April 17, 2001, educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) will also count toward the nursing requirement of 50% of contact hours from an ANCC accredited or approved provider.

Social Workers: Quality of Life in the Later Years has been approved in accordance with the Regulations of the Board of Registration of Social Workers, 258 CMR 31.00. NASW Authorization number is D 5871-2 for 6 credits.

Nursing Home Administrators: McLean Hospital’s Deemed Status Number is NH-3- 2008. This program meets the requirements for 6 continuing education credits.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: McLean Hospital is accredited by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). The hospital’s provider number is 6085. The program is approved for 6 credit hours.

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McLean Hospital Quality of Life in the Later Years
Tuition Fee: Doctoral Level Professionals -$ 160 ; All Others-$95

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