Friday, June 24th 9:30-3:30pm
Join NAMI Minnesota to talk about risk factors, warning signs, stigma, treatment, recovery and resources for Mental Health in Older Adults:

-Understanding Depression in Older Adults:
Feelings of sadness, loneliness and grief are normal. However, when this sadness is intense, is felt for a long period of time, interferes with our ability to get along with others or to carry out the activities of everyday life…..then it could be depression.

-What You Need to Know About Aging and Anxiety:
Understand symptoms and risk factors of anxiety disorders in older adults
Learn the different types of anxiety disorders
Understand treatment and management
Learn the warning signs of suicide
Learn about resources to support older adults living with anxiety

-Co-Occurring Disorders of Mental Illness and Dementia in Older Adults:
Describe mental illness basics in adults
Describe dementia basics in older adults
Learn the risk factors and warning signs of key mental illnesses and dementia in older adults
Understand treatment, management and recovery
Discuss strategies for working with someone living with the two disorders
Learn about resources for older adults living with the co-occurring disorders of mental illness and dementia

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Kay King is Older Adults Program Coordinator and Community Educator at NAMI Minnesota (the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota).

Kay is the former Executive Director of a retirement community in the Twin Cities that offers both independent and assisted living services. She managed a home health care agency. She also was a hotel and resort manager with over 25 years of hospitality industry experience nationally and internationally.

Kay is a family educator who teaches NAMI’s Family-to-Family 12-week education course and she is a Mental Health First Aid, Older Adults Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor.

King is a family member whose grandmother, mother, sister and niece (four generations) lived/lives with a mental illness.

Where to Get Help
Don’t be afraid to reach out if you or someone you know needs help. Learning all you can about mental health is an important first step.

Reach out to your local collaborations working to provide Mental Health Services in Freeborn County. Contact your health insurance agent, primary care doctor or state/country mental health authority for more resources.

Contact the NAMI HelpLine to find out what services and supports are available in your community.

If you or someone you know needs helps now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.

Receiving a Diagnosis
Knowing warning signs can help let you know if you need to speak to a professional. For many people, getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step in a treatment plan.

Unlike diabetes or cancer, there is no medical test that can accurately diagnose mental illness. A mental health professional will use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association, to assess symptoms and make a diagnosis. The manual lists criteria including feelings and behaviors and time limits in order to be officially classified as a mental health condition.

After diagnosis, a health care provider can help develop a treatment plan that could include medication, therapy or other lifestyle changes.

Finding Treatment
Getting a diagnosis is just the first step; knowing your own preferences and goals is also important. Treatments for mental illness vary by diagnosis and by person. There’s no “one size fits all” treatment. Treatment options can include medication, counseling (therapy), social support and education.

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