Find answers to mental health, aging questions at Oct. 24 wellness event

Oct 17, 2013

Is it just old age, or something more serious? Some changes to your mind or mood can be a normal part of aging, but others aren’t. Snohomish County residents can find information and helpful resources at a free wellness event Oct. 24 sponsored by the Snohomish County Council on Aging, Snohomish County Long Term Care & Aging, Senior Services of Snohomish County, and Merrill Gardens at Mill Creek.

“Everything You Wanted to Know About Aging and Mental Health (But Were Afraid to Ask)” runs from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 24, at Merrill Gardens at Mill Creek, 14905 Bothell-Everett Highway. Participants can listen to speakers from the fields of aging, mental health, advocacy, and health insurance information, and can discuss what they need to know to help themselves and others.

In addition to covering what mental health changes are and aren’t normal as we age, a licensed geriatric mental health specialist will describe how to find and connect with local programs that provide mental health services to older adults. A community member who has struggled with her mental health all her life will share how she copes. Organizations involved in health care reform will explain what older adults need to know and do this fall. A variety of community agencies will be present, including those than serve older adults, advocate on behalf of people with mental illness, and provide information on health insurance and health care reform.

“Everything You Wanted to Know About Aging and Mental Health (But Were Afraid to Ask)” is free but pre-registration is required. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Stefanie Novacek at 425-388-7019 or s.novacek@snoco.org.

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