March Lecture Wed 9th at 7.30pm

‘Maximising mental well being in later life’ will be presented by Dr Declan Lyons, Consultant Psychiatrist at St. Patrick’s University Hospital and Lecturer in Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday March 9th at 7.30pm.

Dr Declan Lyons has a special interest in the mental health of older people and his presentation will highlight some of the special challenges that inevitably accompany later life such as retirement, changed relationships, losses and opportunities.Reaching later life is the unspoken ambition of most of us and within the period of what we call old age are many personal milestones. It is a time of adjustment, filled with fresh choices and new starts but also uncertainty and worry. Taking each stage of later life from early retirement to middle and later old age, this discussion will illustrate the challenges as well as suggesting practical strategies to manage the hurdles and make the most of the opportunities presented by this chapter of life.

Aware lectures are provided free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Lectures take place the second Wednesday of every month at the Lecture Theatre, Swift Centre, St. Patrick’s Hospital, James’s St., Dublin 8.

Lectures start at 7.30pm however we advise that you arrive 15 minutes early to ensure you are seated comfortably. Paid parking is available in the St. Patrick’s Hospital car park (entrance via Steeven’s Lane); alternatively, take the Luas (red line) to Heuston Station and walk (map to St. Patrick’s Hospital).

View the 2016 lecture schedule and audio & video archives>>

View a previous Aware lecture given by Dr Declan Lyons in 2014.

Month: November 2014
Speaker: Dr. Declan Lyons, Consultant Psychiatrist, St. Patrick’s University Hospital
Topic: Supporting the person with depression – what significant others need to know
Summary: Dr. Lyon’s expands on:
•    Expectations to let go
•    Typical family reactions
•    Helpful actions the carer/supporter can take
•    Validate the person’s feelings
•    How to express your concern – what kind of language to use
•    How to positively engage with health professionals
•    Lead by example – mood boosting behaviour
•    Consistency and reliability of the supporter
•    Develop awareness of significant other’s patterns of depression
•    Advocacy by and for the carer/supporter
•    Research (UK)
•    Useful resources ( American, Canadian and Irish references )



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