News About Dr. Moak's Book Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer

November 2016

November 17 – Dr. Moak delivered a 4-hour, CME-accredited program titled Navigating the Treacherous Straits of Behavioral Health Documentation, Coding, Billing in the Era of ICD-10, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth, and accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society.

November 8 – Dr. Moak was interviewed live by Dr. Carol Bernstein on Dr. Radio, carried on Sirius XM.

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September 2016

Dr. Moak presented Clinical Update on Dementia Management at the 22nd Annual Conference for Gerontonological Nurses at Saint Anselm College, September 8, 2016.  Click here if you are interested in viewing Dr. Moak’s slides from this talk.

July 2016

Dr. Moak was quoted in article on violent behavior in dementia in Caring.com.   Click on the link to read it.

June 2016

Dr. Moak was a guest discussant with Dr. Charles Parker on a podcast on mental health and aging.   Look for the podcast, recorded on June 21, online at CoreBrainJournal.com

Dr. Moak appeared live on Doctor Radio.   Dr. Moak was the guest of Dr. Carol Bernstein on Doctor Radio on SeriusXM Radio, a show dedicated to discussion of various healthcare issues of interest to the public.  Many listeners called in with important questions about mental health and aging.  Many were difficult to answer fully in a short, radio interview format, but are all covered in detail in Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer.

Dr. Moak lectured at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Stowe.  Dr. Moak spoke before a community audience of older adults and others interested on the subject of Strategies for Living a Healthier and Longer Life.  The talk was well received, and after a vigorous Q&A many attendees purchased Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer.

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May 2016

Dr. Moak appeared on Caught Between Generations with Dr. Merle Griff, on Voice of America Internet.  The segment begins 28:00 into the program

Dr. Moak was made Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  The convocation of fellows was held in Atlanta at the APA’s Annual Meeting.

April 2016

Dr. Moak recorded a segment for The Barbara Dooley Show on April 29.  The segment will be broadcast by WGAU-AM, Athens, GA, on Friday May 6, and will be available for download it thereafter.

Dr. Moak recorded 3 segments on aging, depression, diagnosis, and health for Health Professional Radio with Neal Howard on April 21.  You can listen to the segments at healthprofessionsradio.com.au

 

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Dr. Moak Appeared on Problems & Solutions with Cathy Blythe on Monday April 11.  This 1-hour radio program was broadcast live by KFOR, Lincoln, Nebraska, and aired by sister stations in Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.

At New England Geriatrics’ Annual Meeting, Behavioral Healthcare in 2016: Challenges and Opportunities Dr. Moak presented a lecture titled Depression is a Risk Factor for Declining Health, Catastrophic Illness, and Early Death: The Compelling Rationale for Effective Treatment of Depression in Long-Term Care.  Every attendee received a signed copy of Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer, courtesy of NEG.  Dr. Moak is pictured hear prior to the book signing. NEG signing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiftyplus Advocate article published in April issue.   The April issue of Fiftyplus Advocate, with a distribution of over 20,000 to readers in Eastern and Central Massachusetts, contained an article, written by Bonnie Adams, http://bit.ly/1ValmsI, based on an interview with Dr. Moak.  It touched on the major themes of Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer.  

March 2016

Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer is for sale from the AAGP Bookstore.  Copies sold well at the AAGP Annual Meeting, March 17-20, in Washington, D.C., and now are available through the online bookstore.

February 2016

Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer: A Guide For Older Adults And Their Families was released on February 17, 2016.  Now available in bookstores and online.

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Dr. Moak Speaks on ICD-10 Coding in Geriatric Psychiatry  At the February 12 Coding Roundtable of the New Hampshire Health Information Management Association, Dr. Moak gave a talk on challenges of correct ICD-10 diagnosis coding in geriatric psychiatry.

Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer was reviewed online at Psych Central   Visit the website Psych Central for a very nice review , by Claire Nana, of Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer.

October 2014

Dr. Moak was a Speaker at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Oasis    The innovative owners of the Dodge Park Rest Home, in Worcester, are planning a new, state-of-the-art long-term care facility for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.  The new facility, named Oasis, will be located on the site of the Odd Fellows Home, across the street from Dodge Park.  Dr. Moak was an honored guest speaker with others, including State Senators Harriet Chandler and Moore.

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March 2014

New Doctor   The Moak Center for Healthy Aging is pleased to welcome a new doctor, James Lech, M.D., who joined our clinical staff this month. Dr. Lech is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist. He recently served as a staff psychiatrist, in the Geriatric Psychiatry Program, at the Cambridge Health Alliance.

Dr. Lech obtained a bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Subsequently, he graduated from the Drexel University Medical School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Lech then returned to UMass Medical School for his training in psychiatry before moving on to complete his fellowship in geriatric psychiatry in the Harvard Medical School Cambridge Health Alliance geriatric psychiatry fellowship.

Dr. Lech will have office hours at the Moak Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dr. Moak Completes Geriatric Review Course    Dr. Moak completed the 5-day, Harvard Medical School, Geriatric Medicine review course.

January 2014  Cheryl Kemp, NP, is teaching a geriatric nurse practitioner student from the Regis College nurse practitioner program.   This trainee works with Ms. Kemp one day per week, visiting assisted living facilities with her.  She will learn about the treatment of the range of mental health problems older residents have in these settings.

September 2013

Moak Center is now on Facebook.   The Moak Center For Healthy Aging launched a Facebook page.   Patients and their family members can follow us on Facebook for updated practice news.   Anyone can like us, and follow posts, many of which will infrom the public about new developments in aging and mental health.

July 2013

New geriatric fellows start at Moak Center.   The Moak Center serves as a training site for UMASS Medical School.   Primary care doctors completing fellowships in geriatric medicine spend an afternoon every month at the Moak Center learning how to do a better job helping their elderly patients with mental health problems.   The fellows this year are Drs. Randy Morse and Chidimma Okoli.

Egyptian physician visits Moak Center.   During the month of July, an Egyptian-trained physician, Radwa Morsi,  will be visiting the Moak Center one afternoon per week to learn about American geriatric psychiatry practice.

May 2013

Dr. Moak gave the keynote address at a statewide conference titled “Chronic Pain, Older Adults and Mental Health.   On May 15, 2013, the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans, in partnership with Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc., the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and the Arthritis Foundation of New England Region, presented an all-day conference at the College of the Holy Cross.   Dr. was the keynote speaker, and gave a lecture titled “Mental Health Issues for the Geriatric Patient With Chronic pain”.

April 2013

Cheryl Kemp, NP Gave a Talk on Lewy Body Dementia.   Ms. Kemp has treated many patients of the Moak Center who suffer with Lewy Body Dementia, a particularly difficult form of late-life dementia.   She addressed members of the Lewy Body Support Group about various, up-to-date approaches to treatment.

March 2013

Deborah Lebeaux, LICSW Gave a Lecture at the Milford VNA.   Ms. Lebeaux spoke to direct caregivers of different levels, and working in different elder care settings.   Her talk was on the difficult challenge of working with patients with borderline personality disorder.

Dr. Moak presented a talk at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.   The Annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry took place this year in Los Angeles, CA, from March 14 through March 18. Dr. Moak attended the meeting and gave a talk at a symposium titled “Evolving Roles for Geriatric Mental Health Providers in the 21st Century Health Care System”.  Dr. Moak’s talk was titled ” Provision of Collaborative Services – How can Healthcare Organizations Incentivize Geriatric Mental Health Practitioners to Provide the Expertise They Need?”.    This talk dealt with some of the impact on geriatric psychiatry that provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) are having on the organization of healthcare services for older adults.

January 2013

As of January 2013, the Moak Center began accepting payments by credit card.   We can accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.   We added this service for the convenience of our patients and members of their families, who often requested to pay deductibles and co-payments this way.  We can accept payment by credit card in person, in the office, or over the phone.

October 2012

The Moak Center for Healthy Aging reaching an important milestone in adopting electronic health records by attesting to satisfying the stage I meaningful use requirements in the Medicare Program.   This accomplishment enables patients or their family members to receive e-mail reminders about upcoming appointments, and to login to verify medications, diagnoses, and allergies.   Beginning in 2013, the Moak Center will begin working toward stage II goals.

June 2012

The Moak Center for Healthy Aging initiated its conversion from paper medical records to an electronic health record.  Patients initially will notice use of computers in the office gradually replacing the familiar paper charts.  Over the coming months, we hope to be able to provide our patients online, secure access to their electronic health information.  We also will begin providing electronic appointment reminders.

May 2012

Dr. Moak delivered the Keynote Address at the annual conference of the Massachusetts Aging and Mental Health Coalition.  This conference of geriatric mental health professionals and advocates from all over Massachusetts was held May 7 at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester.  Dr. Moak’s address, titled “Minding the Old Mind:  Why We All Need to Know More About Mental Health and Aging” dealt with the consequences for older adults of the widespread ignorance of geriatric psychiatry by healthcare professionals and the public.

March 2012:

Cheryl Kemp attended the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.   The 25th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) was held this year in Washington, D.C., March 16-19.  This meeting brings together geriatric psychiatrists and other professionals from all over the world to learn the latest research in the areas of working of geriatric mental health and aging.  As a new member of  AAGP, Ms. Kemp attended the meeting for the first time, and found it to be “an amazing experience”.

On March 28th, Dr. Moak gave a talk at UMass Medical School as part of an evening program, open to the public, on Managing the Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Dr. Moak discussed the value of available medications for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.  A blurb on the program is posted on the UMass website.  From there, interested readers can link to an article covering the program that appeared in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

August 2011:  The Journal “Aging & Social Policy” Published an Article by Dr. Moak

Dr. Moak’s article, “Treatment of Late-Life Mental Disorders in Primary Care:  We Can Do a Better Job” was published in the July-September issue of the Journal of Aging & Social Policy.  The article discusses challenges primary care doctors face in treating the mental health problems of their older patients and discusses the need for the healthcare system to be more prepared for the needs of the growing numbers of older Americans.  This issue of the journal was dedicated to elder mental health.

July 2011:  Cynthia Greywolf, APRN, BC Joins the Moak Center

The Moak Center for Healthy Aging would like to welcome Cynthia Greywolf, APRN, BC to the staff.   Ms. Greywolf is a geriatric psychiatry clinical nurse specialist.  She is the second advanced practice registered nurse (nurse practitioner) to join the Moak Center team.   In addition to her part-time role at the Moak Center, Ms. Greywolf works in the Memory Disorders Clinic at McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, and she provides mental health consultation in numerous Massachusetts nursing homes.

July 2011:  Moak Center Affiliates with UMASS Medical School:

The Moak Center for Healthy Aging became an affiliated teaching site for the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Beginning in July 2011, psychiatry residents and geriatric medicine fellows started coming to the Moak Center for training in geriatric psychiatry.  Patients and their family members may encounter these doctors-in-training during their appointments with Dr. Moak.  The Moak Center is trying to do its part to improve future doctors’ ability to help older patients with mental health problems.  We hope our patients will feel the same way.  However, our patients come first.   There is no requirement to be seen by a doctor-in-training.  Patients who are uncomfortable seeing doctors-in-training need only let us know.

May, 2011:  Dr. Moak Re-Certifies in Geriatric Psychiatry

The Moak Center for Healthy Aging is proud to announce that Dr. Moak was re-certified in geriatric psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Moak is fellowship-trained in geriatric psychiatry, and has been certified in geriatric psychiatry by the ABPN since 1991.  His current re-certification runs from 2011 through 2021.

March, 2011:  Dr. Moak Receives AAGP Clinician of the Year Award

On March 18, 2011, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry awarded Dr. Moak Clinician of the Year.  The award was made during AAGP’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Moak made the following comment, which AAGP published in a press release, during the meeting:  “Practicing geriatric psychiatry is extremely gratifying, but it’s tough for geriatric practices to survive in today’s healthcare economic climate,” Dr. Moak commented. “I’m honored to be recognized by AAGP for my efforts to provide the best possible psychiatric treatment to geriatric patients.”

January, 2011:  Moak Center Moves to New Location

On January 3, 2011, the Moak Center moved to a new location at 57 East Main Street, still in Westborough, MA. The new location is essentially around the corner from the old location at 18 Lyman Street.  After 6 years there, we simply outgrew the old space.

Thanks to Mark’s Movers, of Westborough, and our terrific, hard-working staff, the move went smoothly, and we had our first patient visits by the end of the week.  We appreciate the patience of those patients and family members who endured erratic heat during the cold days of that move-in week.

The new office offers more space for our patients and their family members.  We now have more consultation rooms, which allows us to see patients simultaneously, and to consult collaboratively.  This will allow us to expand our team approach to geriatric care, and to add teaching and training activities for healthcare trainees who want to learn about geriatrics.