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Mental Health Awareness Month in May!

Older Adult Mental Health Symposium

2023 Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium
May 11, 2023, 07:00 am to 02:00 pm - Virtual - Free - Register: Here

Anyone interested in supporting the mental health of older adults is welcome to attend this free, virtual event!

Agenda information is below. Please view full agenda information, topic descriptions and schedule here.

  • Welcome and keynote speaker: Montel Williams
  • Concurrent breakout sessions  
    • Supporting Caregivers Providing Care to Someone with Mental Illness
    • Medication Considerations for Older Adults with Mental Health Conditions
    • Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Illness
  • Spotlight session
    • Social Cohesion and Intergenerational Connections to Address Social Isolation 
  • Concurrent breakout sessions 
    • The Link Between Chronic Pain and Mental Health in Older Adults
    • The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Older Adult Mental Health
    • Suicide Prevention Updates on 988 (suicide and crisis lifeline)
  • Closing Panel and Conference Wrap-Up
    • Current State of Behavioral Health Intervention in Primary Care

The symposium is brought to you by the National Council on Aging, the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

Note: Per the symposium organizers, use of the Internet Explorer web browser for the event website will not function properly. They recommended that you switch to another browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc. Please visit the 
Tech Support/FAQs page for information and to chat with their support team.

Additional Articles and Resources from the National Council on Aging: Here

NAMI Mental Health Awareness Month

From NAMI Mental Health Month webpage: "Every year during the month of May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Together, we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness. Read below to learn more about how you can get involved."

NAMI Mental Health Month Events, Information, and Resources: Here

Older Americans Month- Aging Unbound!

Older Americans Month

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May, nationwide. Led by the Administration on Community Living, the 2023 theme of Aging Unbound is an opportunity to explore a wide range of aging experiences and promote the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by creating our own paths.

In recognition of Older Americans Month, Kitsap County Aging and Long Term Care is offering free, virtual and in-person events in May for older adults and their helpers (family, friends, or professionals).

Topics include general overview of: 

  • Brain health
  • Types of dementia
  • Types of Medicare plans and enrollment timelines
  • Puget Sound Energy assistance programs
  • Local information and services for older adults, adults with disabilities, and their family caregivers

Click the image above to view the flyer for event details and dates throughout May!

Or, contact Kitsap County Aging and Long Term Care at:

  • Phone: (360) 337-5700, (800) 562-6418 
  • E-mail:

Covid-19 Vaccines

Kitsap Public Health District website for locations and scheduling.

Phone and email support through Kitsap Public Health District for people needing help with scheduling a vaccine appointment or are homebound and need mobile vaccination services:

The Washington State Department of Health also maintains:

  • Vaccine search tool for locations by zip code.
  • Information Hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Language assistance is available.

Covid-19 Testing

  • Local Testing Site Information for Kitsap County
  • No-Cost, At-Home Testing Kits for those with Medicare Part B ENDS May 11, 2023
  • At-home Tests Ordered Online; Delivered to Your Door (no cost, regardless of insurance). Check the website for availability of kits and program status.

Also, you may ask your your insurance company about a list of pharmacies eligible for reimbursement for at-home tests you paid for, or to obtain free at-home tests. 

Be Alert for Scammers Trying to Steal Your Medicare Number

From coronavirus information page: Medicare covers the vaccine at no cost to you. You can bet it is a scam if anyone asks you for your Medicare Number to get access to the vaccine. If someone calls asking for your Medicare Number, hang up.

Here’s what to know:

  • Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to the vaccine for a fee.
  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
  • You can’t pay to get access to a vaccine. 

Scammers may use the COVID-19 public health emergency to take advantage of people while they’re distracted. Guard your Medicare and Social Security cards/numbers and check your Medicare Summary Notices for errors.

Report suspected Medicare fraud or stolen card/number by calling Medicare at 
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).


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