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Dear Colleague,

The latest national census showed that our population is aging. The number of elderly persons with dementia and psychiatric disorders is anticipated to nearly quadruple by 2030. Consequently, health providers find themselves caring for a larger number of older persons with increasingly complex medical and psychiatric problems. The West Coast Geriatric Psychiatry Conference is designed to provide attendees with the latest advances in diagnosis and managment of issues facing the aging population.

Conference topics include dementia, medical issues, long-term care, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, depression, pharmacology and psychopathology (including psychosis), with an emphasis on early intervention and evidence-based treatments, both psychopharmacological and psychosocial. The goal of the conference is to provide up-to-date, clinically relevant information to assist you in delivering quality care for the older person.

We are also offering two optional pre- and post-conference workshops this year. The pre-conference workshop, Mindful Self Compassion, will provide the rationale, background, development, and application of mindfulness therapy, which is receiving increasing interest as an approach for the prevention and management of depression in older adults. The post-conference workshop, Beyond the MMSE – Using Neuropsychological Assessments in your Practice, is designed to help the attendee understand when to request neuropsychological tests, how to interpret the results and what to do with the results.

This conference is specifically designed to provide in-depth knowledge for the sub-specialty of geriatric psychiatry. We have also organized the conference so that California psychologists will be able to meet their CE requirement for both Aging and Long-Term Care and for Legal and Ethical Issues.

We hope to see you in February 2013, a beautiful time of year in San Diego, for this highly instructive and exciting exchange of ideas.


Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
Conference Co-Director
Laurie Lindamer, PhD
Conference Co-Director

Target Audience

This conference is designed for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals who are interested in geriatric psychiatry.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the latest advances in the diagnosis, early intervention, and treatment of dementia
  • Describe the latest advances in evaluating and treating psychiatric disorders (anxiety, depression, psychosis, and substance use) in the older adult or parent
  • Recognize the co-morbidities associated with psychiatric disorders in aging
  • Identify evidence-based and promising early intervention programs for neuropsychiatric problems
  • Discuss the legal and ethical issues associated with aging, as well as issues in long-term care


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