LONG BEACH, Calif., April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SCAN, a leading senior-focused organization with the mission of keeping seniors healthy and independent, today announced that two of its executives will share recent findings and developments related to its Insights behavioral health program for seniors and caregivers at the 2018 annual scientific meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) on Thursday, May 3 in Orlando. Denise Likar, vice president of Independence at Home (IAH), a SCAN community service program, and Pedro Carbajal-Madrid, clinical director of the IAH Insights program will present, "Insights: Bringing Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Home," highlighting SCAN's innovative approach to delivering behavioral health services to seniors and their caregivers.
The selection of SCAN's Insights presentation as a Presidential Poster Session reflects that the session abstract received one of the highest scores among all submissions through the AGS peer review process. This will be the second year in a row SCAN is presenting at this meeting, and Likar and Carbajal-Madrid will share notable progress and statistics from the Insights program, which uses evidence-based practices to treat depression, anxiety, distress, grief, loneliness and other symptoms in seniors in Southern California. The study was conducted in collaboration with lead researcher Dr. Soo Borson, Professor (Emerita), University of Washington School of Medicine and Affiliate Professor, School of Nursing.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 40-70 percent of caregivers live with depression, anxiety or both. Further, a study done by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry reports that nearly 20 percent of adults aged 55+ experience a mental health condition, ranging from depression and anxiety to other cognitive impairments or mood disorders. With the expected population of adults 65 and older expected to reach 80 million by 2045, according to recent census data, the SCAN Insights program seeks to address the need for better access to improved mental health services.
Session Title: "Insights: Bringing Evidence-based Psychotherapy Home" Date:Thursday, May 3, 2018; Presidential Poster Session B Time:5-6 p.m. ET Location: Exhibit Hall of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, Orlando, Florida
Denise Likar is responsible for all non-health plan home and community-based programs at SCAN, including the grant program and extensive volunteer efforts. During her 16–year tenure with the company, Likar has led a team providing quality care management and supportive services, including the largest multipurpose senior services program in California. She received a master's degree in social work from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Loyola Marymount University.
Pedro Carbajal-Madrid is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 20 years of experience providing counseling, behavioral health, social work and case management services to at-risk individuals. Prior to SCAN, he provided mental health counseling to Spanish-speaking teenage refugees, supported operations of a study focused on prostate cancer in older Latino men and provided case management services to individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Carbajal-Madrid received a master's degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach and a bachelor of art degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton.
About SCAN SCAN is a not-for-profit organization committed to keeping seniors healthy and independent. That's been our mission since our founding in 1977. Today we deliver on that mission through SCAN Health Plan, one of the largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans in the nation. Independence at Home, a SCAN community service, provides vitally needed services and support to seniors, disabled adults and their caregivers. SCAN also offers education programs, community funding, volunteer opportunities and other community services throughout our California service area. To learn more, visit scanhealthplan.com or facebook.com/scanhealthplan or follow us on twitter @scanhealthplan.