Patrick Arbore, Ed.D – is a nationally recognized expert in the field of elderly suicide prevention and grief services, located in San Francisco. He has devoted his life to increasing awareness of isolation, loneliness, and depression in older adults. Dr. Arbore’s presentations promote better-informed and healthier communities whose members have increased understanding of the issues of aging, inner loneliness, sorrow, stress, and anxiety, and reach out to listen, make connections, and support each other as they adjust to the experiences of older age.
Julie Rickard, Ph.D – is a licensed psychologist, who graduated from Washington State University in 2004. She is the CEO for Moment by Moment Suicide Prevention, LLC, and founded the Suicide Prevention Coalition of North Central Washington in 2012. She has worked to improve the suicide outcomes in Central Washington and develops innovative programs. She was featured on PBS and NPR for her work on senior suicide. Dr. Rickard is currently working on opening the North Central Washington Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program Clinic (NCW ASSIP Clinic) to address the re-attempt rate seen in survivors.
The Montana Gerontology Society (MGS) was formed in 1982. A group of professionals, volunteers and educators founded the organization in order to provide opportunities for individuals interested in gerontology to share common concerns and ideas.
MGS is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors. The organization is dedicated to enhancing professional development and understanding among providers of services, seniors, volunteers, researchers, educators, students, and others associated with the field of aging.