“Steroids” for the Brain

The Use of Neuroscience and Positive Psychology Interventions For the Treatment of Mental Health Problems In Late Life

Jack Paul Gesino, DSW, LCSW
5 CECs

Friday, April 12, 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library, Rm 026 – use Arch St. Entrance
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The focus of treating elders with mental health problems, often and sadly, continues to center around simply helping them to survive or to recover from their stressors.  Helping elders to thrive and flourish is rarely the goal of treatment.  In fact, elders themselves do not necessarily believe such a goal is possible.

This seminar will review some of the common mental health problems elders experience including depression, anxiety, neurocognitive disorders and psychosocial stressors including, loneliness, illness and end-of-life concerns.  The seminar will describe the use of various Positive Psychology interventions designed to enhance the neurochemistry of positivity and strengthen the neurocircuits for optimism.  The use of self-compassion, mental subtraction, humor, play, novelty, smiling, and relationships for treating the mental health problems of elders will be explored.

At the conclusion of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • identify three common mental health problems elders experience
  • list two ways that positive emotions enhance an elder’s neurocognitive performance
  • describe how novelty strengthens synaptic functioning
  • utilize one play exercise that can be employed with elders