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Sleepless in the Senior Years: Understanding and Treating Sleeplessness in Older Adults

May 21, 2016 9:00 am -
May 21, 2016 4:30 pm

Event Description

Annual Conference on Mental Health and Aging


Sleepless in the Senior Years:

Understanding and Treating Sleeplessness in Older Adults


Co-sponsored by the Center for Mental Health and Aging and the 

Concentrations in Geropsychology, Neuropsychology and Health Psychology 

at William James College


Saturday, May 21, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
William James College, One Wells Ave, Newton, MA

Program Director: Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD


Featured Presenters:

Gregory A. Hinrichsen, PhD, ABPP, is on the faculty of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.


Jason Osher, PhD, is the Director of the Neuropsychology Concentration within the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at William James College


Milena Pavlova, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and
Associate Neurologist, Epilepsy in the Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital.


John W. Winkelman, MD, PhD, is Chief, Sleep Disorders Clinical Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


The program will address the basic mechanisms of sleep, its functions, and changes over the life span into old age. The components of sleep hygiene as well as sleep disorders and sleep issues related to medical conditions will be discussed. Medications to treat sleep disorders, including their contraindications and side effects in older adults will be reviewed. Additionally, non-pharmacological treatments, such as those utilizing biomedical apparatus or behavioral and cognitive techniques will be presented. Dr. Hinrichsen will present an empirically-validated model of CBT for sleep problems in older adults. The training will be case based and attendees will learn the basic tenets of the model and how to use them in their practice.


Learning objectives:

  • Describe how sleep problems in older adults can be modified using cognitive behavioral techniques
  • State differences between the sleep architecture of older versus younger adults
  • Describe the components of healthy sleep hygiene
  • Identify sleep disturbances that might be indicators or risk factors of neurocognitive disorders
  • Describe the basic functions of sleep
  • Recognize gender and cultural preferences for certain types of treatment

Program Code: A616
6 CE Credits |
: at William James College, Newton
$130 includes lunch

‚ÄčErlene Rosowsky, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and past-president of Needham Psychotherapy Associates, LLC.She specializes in the assessment and treatment of emotional problems at middle-age through later life. Specific interests are personality in older age, health and aging, and the older couple. Dr. Rosowsky divides her time between clinical practice and professional and community education. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and is affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Needham Campus. She is a member of the Core Faculty of William James Collegey and is Director of their Center for Mental Health and Aging. Dr. Rosowsky is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Rosowsky is well-published in the professional literature, and is a popular national speaker and workshop leader for both professional and lay groups. She wrote a regular column, Speaking of Aging, for the Journal of Retirement Planning and serves as Chair of the Generations editorial board.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Early registration ends on Aug 26, 2015.
Regular registration starts on Aug 27, 2015 and ends on May 10, 2016.
Late registration starts on May 11, 2016.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Understanding and Treating Sleeplessness in Older Adults - A616
Member Fee: $130.00$130.00$130.00
Non-Member Fee: $130.00$130.00$130.00

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