The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 20% of people ages 55 or older experience some type of mental health concern, the most common of which include anxiety and mood disorders.

The goal of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education 17th Annual Community Mental Health Conference is to shine a light on some of these issues, while also informing, teaching, and identifying resources to enhance quality of life for older adults, their families and caregivers.

Titled “Older Adult Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges,” the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 3 at Roycemore School. Registration is now open and five hours of continuing education credits are available.

Discussion groups will focus on some of the most pressing topics facing older adults, including finding needed support when one is on one’s own, developmental issues in aging, managing anxiety and depression as one ages, and coping with loss.

Speakers will include Jeffrey Rediger, M.D., M.Div., Stanley G. McCracken, Ph.D., LCSW, RDDP, and Nancy Carstedt, Executive Director of NAMI, Cook County North Suburban.

“There have been so many advances which empower people to live vibrant, fulfilling lives as they age,” said Kate Mahoney, L.C.S.W., Executive Director or the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute. “Our expert panel and discussion group leaders will share research, strategies and community resources for older adults and those who love and care for them.  No one should feel that they have to navigate the aging process alone.”

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education’s goal is to overcome the stigma of mental illness. The Conference is open to professionals and members of the public – addresses critical mental health issues.