The final two sessions in the Gerontology Intensive Series at the 4C’s Center for Corporate and Professional Education will be taught by gerontology psychiatrist Dr. Olivera Bogunovic, M.D. of Mclean Hospital’s Divison of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. To register, contact the Center at capecod.edu/CCPE or call 508-375-5010.

Gero – Session 11: Seniors, Alcohol and Prescription Drug Addiction (WHN111-65)
Wed. 5/31/2017; 5-7:30pm, 1 session
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Presenter: Dr. Olivera Bogunovic, M.D., Mclean Hospital, Divison of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Cost: $25
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According to the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information, 17% of adults over age 60 abuse prescription drugs. Research on elderly alcoholics is scant but suggests that 10 to 15% of elders seeking medical attention have an alcohol related problem. Unfortunately, present screening and diagnostic methods, coupled with elder isolation, prevents many older adults with addictions from being detected and treated. This workshop examines how older addicts present differently, and examines assessment and treatment approaches.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-125.

Gero – Session 12: Emotional Distress in Later Life (WHN112-65)

Wed. 6/7/2017; 5-7:30pm, 1 session
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Presenter: Dr. Ipsit Vahia, M.D., Mclean Hospital, Geropsychiatry Outpatient Division
Cost: $25
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Many older people experience emotional distress and may act in inappropriate or uncharacteristic ways such as being suspicious, anxious, agitated, stubborn and combative. These maladaptive coping behaviors are frustrating to informal and formal caregivers alike and can stand in the way of providing much-needed help. Untreated they can grow worse over time and even dangerous. This workshop examines the nature and etiology of these behaviors and therapeutic responses.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-126.


4-StrategicAreas.jpgBarnstable County Department of Human Services sponsors the Gerontology Intensive Certificate Series.  Aging and Disability is a major health and human service focus area for the Department as shown in our hosting the Regional SHINE program and our Aging and Disability Initiatives.