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Science Café – Mental Health in Later Life: Dealing with Aging, Loss, Grief and its Consequences

Science Café – Mental Health in Later Life: Dealing with Aging, Loss, Grief and its Consequences

June 24, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Providence Baptist Church
3865 N 82nd St
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Tynnetta Jackson

The overarching goal of this Science Café is to improve the attendee’s overall understanding of the aging process and the impact of grief and its consequences in older adults.

In the first part of the presentation, Dr. Duthie will focus on the differentiation of geriatrics from gerontology; definition of aging; better understanding of longevity and distinguishing life expectancy from life span; and distinguishing age-related changes from disease.

In the second part of the program, Dr. Goveas will discuss the impact of grief in an older adult following the death of a loved one. To achieve this goal, Dr. Goveas will focus on defining terminologies such as bereavement, grief and mourning. His presentation will also enhance the understanding of the natural course of grieving including the evolution of the normal mourning process from acute to integrated grief.

He will also examine the risk factors for developing complications following the loss of a loved one; and when is the grieving process maladaptive, persistent, intense and impairing in a bereaved older adult.

Other issues such as the negative consequences following bereavement and how can one recognize whether the natural mourning process is derailed will be discussed. Finally, the role of clinicians, therapists and spiritual leaders in facilitating a natural mourning process; and how to manage the complications of bereavement will be examined.

Dinner will be served.

About the Session Leaders

Edmund H. Duthie, Jr., MD
Chief, Division of Geriatrics & Gerontology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Edmund H. Duthie, Jr., M.D. is currently the Chief of the Division of Geriatrics/Gerontology and a Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also serves as the Associate Chief of Staff and Section Leader of Geriatrics at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee.

He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the Jewish Institute for Geriatric Care, State University of New York-Stony Brook.

Dr. Duthie is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. In 1980 Dr. Duthie joined the Medical College of Wisconsin faculty. His career interest has been clinical geriatrics. He has been recognized throughout his career as a “best doctor” and outstanding teacher. With a strong group of MCW medical educators and clinician educators, he has helped MCW attract a series of awards to support innovations in geriatrics medical education. He did receive the MCW Distinguished Service Award in 2002.

Joseph S. Goveas, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Joseph Goveas is a fellowship-trained, board-certified geriatric psychiatrist with a particular interest in the brain-behavior relationships in normal aging, complicated grief, and late-life depression. His current research aims to characterize the emotion regulation (ER) brain network dysfunction and peripheral endocannabinoid signaling (ECS) irregularities that contribute to worsening complicated grief trajectories in bereaved individuals. He believes that this line of work will lead to future seminal research that uses these potential biomarkers to predict pathological grief symptom trajectories and complicated grief persistence in older adults following bereavement. In the future, these biomarkers could also serve as novel targets for treatment or prevention strategies in older acute grief (AG) subjects at risk for a maladaptive grief response and CG development to aid in achieving resilience.

Dr. Goveas is the director of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Geriatric Psychiatry Program and the Mood and Memory Disorders Clinics which is also a recruitment site for National Institutes of Health (NIH)- and foundation-funded studies. Also, he is closely associated with the Grief Resource Center (GRC) at the Horizon Home Care and Hospice program.

In addition, he has established close collaborative relationships with investigators in the MCW Center for Imaging Research; Neuroscience Research Center; and Departments of Biophysics, Radiology, and Neurology. These collaborations have produced several peer-reviewed publications. As a principal investigator of national and regional foundation grants, and as a co-investigator of the NIH-funded Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study–MRI substudy, Dr. Goveas has successfully implemented neuroimaging research protocols.

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