Adult Day Health Center ‘Facing the Challenges of Aging’ Talk


​The Adult Day Health Center (ADHC) at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center will host a talk by Catherine Strong, PhD, as part of the ADHC lecture series, “Facing the Challenges of Aging.” Her talk is titled “Caregiving and Depression – Doing the Best You Can.”

The presentation will be 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the ADHC, 809 E. Chestnut in Bellingham. The talk is free and open to the public; however, due to space limitations RSVP is required by Tuesday, Nov. 19. Phone 788-6410 to register for the talk. 

Dr. Strong, a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice since 1983, has worked as a geriatric specialist in a community mental health clinic. Studies (Robison et al 2009, Covinsky et al 2003) indicate that family caregiver have a high incidence of depression. 

In her talk Dr. Strong will discuss: 
  • ​What is depression, and what is not;
  • The incident of depression among caregivers;
  • What helps caregivers who are depressed or overwhelmed; and
  • What does it mean as a caregiver to do the best you can?
The Adult Day Health Center provides nursing, therapeutic exercise and activities to support older adults and people with disabilities or long-term illness, and enable them to remain in their homes.  The ADHC also provides a variety of caregiver support services including support groups, staff consultation and education.  Through collaboration, the ADHC helps ensure that families who live with chronic illness or disability can access the help they need.