Chapter Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, for most months except December, July and August.

Guest Policy: You are welcome to attend the program as a guest, free of charge. If you would like to attend more than two programs, or if you would like to receive a certificate, you may do so upon joining ALCA. (CE certificates are only sent to active members, as it is a free membership benefit.)

Upcoming Meetings

Please stay posted. Meeting dates are posted once confirmed


Please join us for the May Meeting on Zoom!

Protecting our caregivers; exploring boundaries, challenging conversations, and the importance of self-care

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

4:30-6:05 pm

1.50 CE   CCMC/PACE and SW

Speaker: Sam van Kalkeren, MSN, RN, CDP, CADDCT, Director of Aging Services at O’Connor Professional Group

This interactive presentation will provide participants, particularly Aging Life Care Professionals, Social Workers, and Registered Nurses, the opportunity to learn more about substance use disorder and mental health issues in older adults and the impact these illnesses have on the individual and their family members. The presenter will also discuss in detail alcohol-related brain damage. Finally, participants will be taught how to manage resistance in clients to provide the best therapeutic support possible.

Learning objectives: 

  1. Discuss the impact of mental health and substance use challenges for aging adults.
  2. Describe alcohol-related brain damage.
  3. Describe ways to work with resistant clients with mental health and substance use challenges.

Meeting Agenda:

4:30 Welcome, announcements and introduction

4:35 Introduction to the topic (5 minutes)

4:40 Mental health impacts (anxiety, bipolar, depression) (25 minutes)

5:05 Group discussion and reflection (10 minutes)

5:15 Substance use in older adults (15 minutes)

5:30 Alcohol-related brain damage (15 minutes)

5:45 Managing resistance (10 minutes)

5:55 Discussion and Q&A (10 minutes)

6:05 End of CE program

Contact Hours

Please note that anyone arriving after 4:35 pm will not be entitled to a certificate. There is no charge for the certificate.

This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to board certified case managers with 1.5 CE contact hours, and to the Network for Professional Education at the Boston University School of Social Work to provide continuing education credit to licensed SWs with 1.5 CE contact hours. Please check with your state board to verify acceptance of the Boston CE

No fee is charged for this program.


Members please RSVP no later than May 13th.

RSVP information will be in the weekly ListServe announcements

Individuals wishing to learn more about membership and to attend a chapter program, please email:


References :

Cabrera, I., Brugos, D., & Montorio, I. (2020). Attentional biases in older adults with generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders,71,102207


Haigh, E. a. P., Bogucki, O. E., Sigmon, S. T., & Blazer, D. G. (2018). Depression Among Older Adults: A 20-Year Update on Five Common Myths and Misconceptions. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry/˜the œAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 26(1), 107–122.


Wand, A., Zhong, B., Chiu, H., Draper, B., & De Leo, D. (2020). COVID-19: the implications for suicide in older adults. International Psychogeriatrics, 32(10),1225-1230


Kaźmierski, J. (2020). Depression in dementia or dementia in Depression? Systematic Review of Studies and Hypotheses. CurrentAlzheimerResearch17(1),16-28.


Das, S., & Sarkar, S. (2020). Substance abuse in the elderly: A hidden behemoth. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry (Online)/Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry, 36(4), 267.