What We Do

Established in 1994, the Maryland Coalition on Mental Health and Aging seeks to improve the care and treatment of older Marylanders with brain based disorders including mental illness, dementia and substance problems through programs of education and advocacy.

Through advocacy activities, we strive to enlighten the public, professionals and program and policy makers as to the issues of importance to older adults and their caregivers suffering with, or vulnerable to, mental health disorders.

Many of our Coalition’s educational activities are education and are in partnership with organizations committed to community health and supportive of successful aging. Presentations and support materials address stigma, preventive measures, assessment needs, treatment options, community resources and the very real hope for recovery to allow older adults to enjoy life free of mental illness.

Our presentations are tailored to the specific needs and interest of the audience and topics have included:

  • Red Flags of Aging
  • Staff Support and Team Building
  • Assertiveness for Seniors
  • Facts About Late Life Depression
  • Dementia, Depression, Delirium, and Drugs
  • Positive Communication Skills
  • Changes in Aging: What’s Normal and What’s Not
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Assessing Behaviors
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Building Personal Power
  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • De-escalation Techniques
  • Schizophrenia
  • Talk About Suicide