Jewish Home Hosts a Free Symposium for Healthcare Professionals on Suicide Risks in the Elderly Population on March 31, 2011 at Kittay House

Although they comprise only 12 percent of the U.S. population, people age 65 and older account for more than 16 percent of suicide deaths according to the National Institute of Mental Health.  Triggers for suicidal thoughts include depression, medication and feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of daily living.  As our population ages, it is increasingly important for healthcare professionals to be attuned to the suicide risk among the elderly.

To enable healthcare professionals to increase their sensitivity to the warning signs and trigger points of suicide, Jewish Home is hosting a free symposium for healthcare professionals.  The guest speaker is Thomas Adamski, who holds a PhD in Nursing and Psychiatry.  He will discuss the six different causes of thoughts of suicide among elders.

The breakfast for healthcare professionals will be held on Thursday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the Fox Auditorium at Kittay House, an independent living complex for seniors, 2550 Webb Avenue in the Bronx, on the campus of Jewish Home.

Adamski is the Associate Director for Psychiatric programs in the Community Services Division at Jewish Home.  He has spoken internationally, published extensively and is affiliated with local universities, including New York University, Columbia University and Hunter College.

For registration for this event on Thursday, March 31 at 9 a.m. at Kittay House, and additional information, please call (718) 410 1441(718) 410 1441.