Tuesday, March 15, 2016
8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center

Veterans Mental Health Conference

Amidst the Shift, An Aging Veterans Conference

Did you know…

  • There are 892,000 veterans currently residing in New York State, making us #5 overall in the country.
  • There are 125,000 Veterans on LI – 73,000 in Suffolk County and 52,000 in Nassau County
  • 50% of our NYS veterans are 65yrs of age and older & 76% are 50yrs of age and older!
  • 57,000 served in WWII / 89,000 served in the Korean War / 278,000 served in Vietnam
  • Long Island is home to a high percentage of aging veterans. The number of WWII and Korean War Veterans is decreasing rapidly, and Vietnam Veterans are now the nation’s majority. We are amidst a shift.

Our aging veterans are dealing with a wide range of health challenges, financial distress, and obstacles related to benefits. In addition, those that provide care to veterans, whether an older spouse, or an adult child, face their own variety of challenges.

This conference will feature keynote speeches by local experts, workshops, forums and resource tables on the following topics:

  • Accessing NYS Veterans Homes
  • Assisted Living
  • VA Services for Older Veterans
  • Aid and Attendance Benefits
  • “Aging in Place” using community resources
  • Caregivers Needs
  • Legal Issues
  • When a Veteran Passes Away”
  • Wellness
  • and more..

Please join us as leaders discuss topics regarding the care of our aging veterans.

This year Patrick Yngstrom, Veterans Liaison for the Arbors Assisted Living, and Fred S. Sganga, Executive Director Long Island State Veterans Home, will receive awards for their Outstanding Service to Veterans.

Keynote Speaker

Richard M. Allman, MD

Richard M. Allman, MD

Richard M. Allman, M.D.
Chief Consultant, Geriatrics & Extended Care Service

Richard M. Allman, M.D., is the Chief Consultant for Geriatrics and Extended Care Services for the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC.  He serves as an ex officio member of the National Institute on Aging Advisory Council. Before becoming Chief Consultant in January 2014, he was the founding director of the Birmingham/Atlanta VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC). He also was the Parrish Endowed Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care and the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He served as the principal investigator for the NIA-funded UAB Study of Aging, the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), and the UAB component of the Hartford Foundation-funded Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine (SCEGM). His research has focused on mobility, cardiovascular disease, and health disparities among older adults. Dr. Allman received his MD as an Alpha Omega Alpha honor graduate from West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine.  After completing a fellowship in internal medicine and training in clinical epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Allman joined the faculty at UAB in 1986.  Dr. Allman is a board-certified geriatrician, and he was listed annually in Best Doctors in America between 1991 and 2014. He received the 2013 Donald P. Kent Award for leadership and service from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the 2013 Joseph T. Freeman Award from the Health Science Section of GSA in recognition of his research.

Tentative Schedule

8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast, Registration and Sign-In
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Richard M. Allman, MD
Chief Consultant, Geriatrics & Extended Care Service – VA
10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Workshops Round #1
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Workshops Round #2
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch & Awards
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Closing Panel
Answers to the 5 most common issues confronting older veterans and their caregivers

This schedule is subject to change.

For more information, please contact:

Christina Wease
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