NCMHA Webinar Series - Climate Change and the Impact on Older Adults Mental Health: A Primer for Providers and Advocates
Climate change is the biggest threat to human health. Not only is physical health impacted but there are significant mental health consequences. Older adults are especially vulnerable.
This presentation will cover the most important mental health impacts of climate change in the general population, with an emphasis on the elderly.
1) Describe the mental health aspects of acute and slow moving disasters associated with climate disruption.
2) Describe the impacts of extreme heat on mood, behavior and cognition.
3) Identify the emotional and psychological responses associated with “eco-distress”.
4) Understand age-specific factors contributing to mental health impacts of climate change in older adults.
Part I: Overview: A Primer on Emotional and Mental Health Consequences of Climate Change
- Robin Cooper, MD
Part II: The Impact of Climate Change on Older Adults’ Mental Health
- Andreea Seritan, MD
Robin Cooper, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
Robin Cooper, MD is a private practice psychiatrist in San Francisco, California.
She has an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of California, San Francisco. Since completing her residency at UCSF in 1972, she has worn many different hats as educator, supervisor and mentor with psychiatric residents and medical students.
Since learning about the threats of climate disruption over a decade ago, she has focused most of her efforts on climate change with attention to both education and advocacy about the impacts on health and specifically mental health. She is co-founder and President of Climate Psychiatry Alliance, a national group dedicated to understanding, education and advocacy about the specific impacts of climate change on mental health. She has served as consultant to the Task Force on Climate Change and Mental Health within the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and wider UCSF climate projects, has contributed to activities on climate change within the American Psychiatric Association and other groups addressing this issue.
Dr. Cooper is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Andreea Seritan, MD
Geriatric Psychiatrist and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco
Andreea Seritan, MD is a geriatric psychiatrist and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Seritan completed her psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, followed by a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining UCSF, Dr. Seritan was at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, where she also served as associate dean for student wellness.
Dr. Seritan’s clinical and research work focuses on understanding and managing the psychiatric manifestations of neurodegenerative diseases. She is a member of the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Association for Academic Psychiatry. She is the author or co-author of 97 articles and book chapters. Dr. Seritan was the co-founder of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Climate Change and Mental Health Task Force.