Aging with Severe Mental Illness

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Lucille Esralew, PhD, Statewide Clinical Consultation and Training (SCCAT), Statewide Clinical Outreach Program for the Elderly (S-COPE), Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Cranford, NJ.

Older individuals who suffer from severe mental illness experience excess disability in addition to the challenges posed to them by their intellectual and/or developmental disability. The condition of aging itself and the chronicity of mental health condition impacts upon multiple areas of functioning and can effects quality of life. This workshop will explore the unique challenges of assessment, services and supports to this multiply challenged population. Produced in 2012