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Phoebe Institute sets conference on addiction and older adults


The Phoebe Institute on Aging in Allentown offers a conference to educate aging services professionals and family caregivers about addiction and older adults.

Speakers will explore both the trend of addiction in older adults and insights into treatment modalities. A special address on Pennsylvania’s Opioid Task Force will be offered by Teresa Osborne, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

“Understanding Addiction and Older Adults,” will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at DeSales University, University Center, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The fee for the conference is $25 and includes a continental breakfast, a morning program, buffet lunch, and a full afternoon of breakout session programs.

The keynote on “The Neurobiology of the Disease of Addiction” is offered by Joseph M. Garbely, D.O., vice president of Medical Services and Medical Director of Caron Treatment Centers.

A pre-conference screening of the documentary “Addicts’ Symphony” will begin at 8 a.m.

The afternoon will feature three segments of break-out sessions which will focus on the topics of treatment options, heredity, addiction vs. dependence, process addictions, 12 step programs for seniors, and caregiver support.

CEUs are available for the National Administrators Board, Pennsylvania Certification Board, Social Work, Activities, Nursing, and Pastoral Care credits.

Online registration and a full list of speakers and sessions is available at Call 610-794-5163 with any questions.

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