What to Do With Mom and Dad?

Seminar on New Developments in Gerontological Psychology at FDU

Madison, NJ (October 3, 2005) —“What to Do With Mom and Dad: New Developments in Gerontological Psychology,” a day-long seminar sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey Neurological Institute, and Scientific Advantage LLC, will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, Madison, NJ, on Monday, October 31, 2005.

According to Dr. Diane Wentworth, Fairleigh Dickinson University professor and chair of the department of psychology, “The Baby Boom generation is notable for representing the largest single growth of the population in the history of the United States. As this group approaches later adulthood, they will need to be counseled as they confront the challenges that await them. As a result, there is an urgency to educate professionals and caregivers about the need for research and development in the field of gerontological psychology.”

Arthur Winter, MD, the director of the New Jersey Neurological Institute, will speak on “The Right Diagnosis: Is It Psychological or Neurological or Both?” “Never Too Old For Sex,” a presentation by Daniel Watter, Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson adjunct professor of sex therapy, will focus on the premise that the need to express love and to be loved does not lessen with the years.

“Lifting the Clouds of Depression in the Aging: Proactive Methods” is a presentation by Claire M. Brody, Ph.D., on depression in aging and recognizing elder blues, and Barbara Rosenbaum, Ed.D., MPH, on active strategies to counteract depressions. Both are adjunct psychology faculty at FDU.

“Lifestyle Adjustments: Residential, Financial and Vocational Opportunities” features Kathyrn Gann, Ph.D., vice president of scientific development at Scientific Advantage and a consultant to Rhode Island’s Nursing Home Commission, and Richard Ploss, a member of the American Bar Association, national Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and adjunct in the Certified Financial Planning Program at the University.

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D., is the featured guest speaker for the seminar. Her topic is “The Psychology of Aging: Society’s Influence on How We Define Ourselves.” A nationally known psychotherapist and an award-winning reporter, her expertise is much in demand on national television— from Larry King Live to Court TV to Oprah. She is the author of the forthcoming book from Simon & Schuster “’Til Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage and the Mind of the Murderous Spouse.”

In clinical settings and in her private practice, she has treated all forms of mental illness, grieving, trauma and physical and emotional abuse. In addition to her Psy.D. degree, she holds a post-masters certificate in advanced clinical work from Hunter College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

The day will conclude with an interactive opportunity for the presenters and the audience to engage in a thought exchange on how to counsel the aging.

The cost for the seminar is $150 for professionals and $75 for students, which includes a continental breakfast and a light lunch. The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. with registration and end at approximately 4 p.m. Each attendee will receive 0.5 Continuing Education Units (equivalent to 5 contact hours) and a Certificate of Completion Award.

To register for this event, call 1-800-338-3887. The seminar Web site is http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=3104

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