“Older Adult Certificate Program for Community Providers”

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Date(s) - 01/14/2019 - 04/22/2019
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Older Adult Certificate Program for Community Providers

Begins January 14 ends April 22, 2019 

Registration opens October 8, 2018

In 2003, the IOM (Institute of Medicines) Report – “Health Professions: A Bridge to Quality” warned us that “the nation faces an impending healthcare crisis as the number of older patients with more complex health needs increasingly outpaces the number of healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills to adequately care for them.”  Furthering the problem is that the health care disciplines work isolated within their own silo of care with little interface between each other.   Once again quoted from the IOM Report, “in today’s health care system, services for elderly patients are often delivered by many different providers with little or no coordination among the various professions represented at the patient’s side.”   Optimize Aging is working to address this problem; first through educating professionals and the community at large on “aging issues;” and second by assisting health professionals to recognize they do NOT work in a vacuum, as they continually require ongoing reciprocal relationships across both the acute and community-based health care systems.  The Older Adult Certificate Programseeks to address the lack of “aging” education for professionals and by “case discussions” provide “real life” problem solving opportunities to professionals.  This web-based program will be offered 2 times a year as an 8-week series.  Each 2 ½ hour webinar will address a specific age-related topic and during the conclusion problem solve with participants a case reflective of the topic.  The series topics and schedule are listed below.  The webinar will be offered every other Monday, this coming “spring” starting January 14, 2019 from 2:30 – 5 PM.  The cost is $325; plus an additional $35 if you are requesting continuing education credits.

Continuing Education Credits:

  • Twenty (20) Contact hours have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, for Personal Care Home Administrators
  • This webinar series is approved for 20 hours of continuing education credits by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES). Commonwealth Education Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/ Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.  Please visit CES CE CREDITto view all states that are covered for continuing education credits. 
  • This program has been approved for 20 hours of continuing education credits for nurses by Commonwealth Education Seminars (CES).As an APA approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  CES maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. After completing this program, licensed participants will receive 20 hours of continuing education credit.
  • This program for has been pre-approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) for a total of 20 continuing education contact hours.

 

Spring 2019 Webinar TopicsInclude:   

January 14, 2019 – What It Means to Grow Old: Physical Changes that Accompany Aging”

January 28, 2019 – “Brain Health: Cognitive Changes in Older Adults”

February 11, 2019 – Alzheimer’s Disease: Update, Research, Assessment and Intervention”

February 25, 2019 – Substance Use Disorders: Issues for Older Adults”

March 11, 2019 – “Depression, Anxiety and Suicide in Older Adults: Assessment and Intervention

March 25, 2019 – “Differentiating Depression, Dementia, and Delirium: Assessment and Intervention

April 8, 2019 – “Understanding Hoarding Behaviors”

April 22, 2019 – “Bridging Communities: Building Community-Based Partnerships for Continuity of Care

*Please see below for description and agenda

 

The webinar originates in Eastern Time: 2:30 – 5 PM

Registration Opens October 8, 2018

 

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Please contact optimizeaging@gmail.com with any questions.

 

 

 

“Older Adult Certificate Program for Community Providers”

 

To begin January 14, 2019 2:30 – 5 PM

The Webinar is based on Eastern Time

20 CEs/ Continuing Education Hours Offered

Overall Objective:

It is hoped at the end of this webinar series community professionals will work across systems to enable older adults to remain active members of their communities. The training will emphasize current knowledge about aging and behavioral health issues. Skills will enable community-based teams of health professionals to prevent, assess, and treat and address aging issues of community-dwelling older adults and at-risk spouses/caregivers.  This webinar is targeted for mental health professionals, social workers, nurses, or anyone providing care to older individuals. It is for Beginning or Intermediate education level – case examples are emphasized to bridge concepts.

 

Week #1 – “What It Means to Grow Old: Physical Changes that Accompany Aging”

Description:

As our neighborhoods and communities deal with a rapidly aging population we need to be encouraging more individuals to take personal responsibility for their health.    Education, outreach and prevention approaches are now of the utmost importance for all disciplines.  This program, “What it Means to Grow Old” will discuss “normal” age-related changes, both physical and “cognitive” as well as address some of the most common illnesses experienced with age.   Prevention and healthy approaches to aging will be emphasized

Objectives:

  • Identify the demographics and effects of an “aging population”.
  • Describe the emotional and physical challenges of growing older.
  • Compare the difference between “normal” age-related change and the impact of chronic illness.
  • Identify the physical changes associated with aging that can place the older adult at high risk for cognitive and behavioral health issues.

Agenda:

2:30 – 3:00 PM The Experience of Aging

  • Epidemiology/ Universality
  • Adaptation and Integration

3:00 – 4:30 PM “Normal” Age-Related Physical Changes

  • Neurological
    • Sensory Changes
    • Muscular/Skeletal Changes
    • Cardiovascular Changes
    • Pulmonary Changes
    • Gastrointestinal Changes
    • Urinary System Changes
    • Integumentary (Skin) System Changes

4:30 – 4:45 PM The Interactive Effects of Aging, Disease and Abuse

4:45 – 5:00 PM Case Discussion

5:00 – Conclusion and evaluations

 

Week #2 – Brain Health: Cognitive Changes in Older Adults

Description:

When caring for older adults it is important to differentiate normal age-related changes from common psychiatric issues of aging. This presentation will discuss what “normal” cognitive processes happen as we all age and how to differentiate potential cognitive problems. The importance of “brain health” will be emphasized.

Objectives:

  • Describe “normal” age-related cognitive changes.
  • Compare depression, delirium and dementia in relation to normal age-related cognitive changes.
  • Analyze interventions to “maintain our brains” or to encourage “brain health”.

 Agenda:

2:30 – 3:30 Age-Related Changes

  • Aging is NOT illness
  • Individual and age differences within the elderly
  • Impact of “chronic” illness

3:30 – 4:30 “Normal Age-Related” Cognitive Change

  • Changes in Intelligence
  • Normal Age-Related Memory
  • Attentional Changes in the aged

4:30 – 4:45 The Impact of psychiatric disease on cognition

4:45 – 5:00 PM Case Discussion

5:00 – Conclusion and evaluations

 

Week #3 “Alzheimer’s Disease: Update, Research, Assessment and Interventions”

Description:

Alzheimer’s disease is a public health concern.   As our population ages; almost half the individuals over the age of 85 are at risk of dementia.  The psychiatric or “neuropsychiatric symptoms” that frequently accompany dementia are the most burdensome aspects of care for both family and professional caregivers. This presentation will discuss the incidence as well as the common characteristics of dementia; assessment and needed differential diagnosis. The review of treatment options will include medications as well as behavioral approaches.  Resources for professional and caregivers will also be presented.

Objectives:

  • Critique the most current research on Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Discuss the need for a multidisciplinary assessment.
  • Identify the various forms of interventions including psychosocial and behavioral interventions.
  • Compare community resources available for professionals and family caregivers.

Agenda:

2:30 – 3:30 Overview of Dementia

  • Types/ forms of dementia
  • Current research

3:30 – 4:30 Assessment and Interventions for “Alzheimer’s disease/ Dementia”

  • Assessment Approaches
  • Medication Interventions
  • Psychosocial/ Behavioral Management

4:30 – 4:45 Resources for professionals and caregivers

4:45 – 5:00 PM Case Discussion

5:00 – Conclusion and evaluations

 

Week #4 – “Substance Use Disorders:  Issues for Older Adults”

Description:

Substance abuse and medication misuse is becoming a major health concern as the “baby boomers” enter the age of retirement. This webinar will compare the current generation and the baby boomers’ use of alcohol, illicit drugs and other medications.  The difficulty in recognizing substance use/ abuse disorders in older adults will be discussed.

 Objectives:

  • Describe substance abuse issues specific to aging
  • Identify the changes to the DSM 5 in regards to Substance Use Disorders
  • Explain the issues Opioid use among older adults
  • Compare assessment and interventions specific for older adults

Agenda:

2:00 – 3:00 PM    Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults– the Problem

  • Demographics
  • Generational Differences
  • Diagnostic Criteria

3:00 – 4:00 – Substance Abuse:

  • Illicit drugs
  • Medication Misuse
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Types of Substance Use
    • At “risk”
    • Early Onset
    • Late Onset

4:00 – 4:45 PM Assessment/ Older Adult Specific Treatment

4:45 – 5:00 PM Case Discussion

5:00 – Conclusion and evaluations

 

Week #5 – “Depression, Anxiety and Suicide in Older Adults: Assessment and Intervention”

Description:  Depression, anxiety and suicide are common issues of older adults.  This presentation will discuss the incidence as well as the common characteristics of depression specific to late life. Assessment of the clinical symptoms, needed differentiation and assessments scales will be presented. The review of treatment options as well as complications such as substance abuse and suicide will be reviewed. An overview of barriers to service provision for older adults will be emphasized

Objectives:

  • Discuss the difference and commonalities between depression and anxiety in late life.
  • Predict the risk of suicide specific to older white males.
  • Discuss assessment and interventions for older adults with depression and anxiety in older adults
  • Critique evidence-based practices for suicide prevention.

 Agenda:

2:00 – 3:00 PM   Depression in Older Adults

  • Recognition/ Age-specific symptoms
  • Assessment
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Medical Interventions

3:00-3:45    Anxiety in Older Adults

  • Recognition/ Age-specific symptoms
  • Assessment
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Medical Interventions

3:45 – 4:45 Suicide in Older Adults

  • Who is at Risk
  • Interventions
  • Evidenced-based practices

4:45 – 5:00 PM Case Discussion

5:00 – Conclusion and evaluations

 

Week #6 – “Differentiating Depression, Dementia, and Delirium: Assessment and Intervention”

Description: The issues of delirium, depression and dementia in the older adult are involved and complicated.  This presentation will discuss the incidence as well as the common characteristics of each.  Assessment of the clinical symptoms, needed differentiation and assessments scales will be presented. The multidisciplinary needs of older adults will be emphasized.

Objectives:

  • Identify the signs and symptoms of the most common psychiatric disorders in older adults: Delirium, Depression and Dementia
    • Demonstrate the needed assessment of older adults who present with “behavioral” symptomatology
    • Utilize assessment scales that may be used for differentiating each disorder
    • Describe the importance of good medical care, psychiatric intervention and psychosocial interventions when providing care to older adults
    • Discuss the multidisciplinary needs of older adults.

Agenda

2:00 – 2:45    Differentiating Depression, Delirium Dementia

  • Symptoms of Depression
  • Assessment
  • Interventions

2:45-3:30   Differentiating Depression, Delirium Dementia

  • Symptoms of Delirium
  • Assessment
  • Interventions

3:30 – 4:15 Differentiating Depression, Delirium Dementia

  • Symptoms of Dementia
  • Assessment
  • Interventions

4:15 –4:45 Always THINK medical first!

  • Start low and go slow!
  • Ongoing assessment and intervention
  • Need for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

4:45 – 5:00PM   Case Discussion

5:00 – Conclusion and evaluations

 

Week #7 –“Understanding Hoarding Behaviors”

Description: Hoarding behaviors have become a fascination to many, unfortunately hoarding is a social, mental health and overall concern.  Individuals who hoard have sentimental attachment to the things they collect. They have difficulty discarding belongings due to the emotional attachment and belief they may need the items at some other point in their life. This program will discuss hoarding as a disease, as well as hoarding behaviors, demographics, assessment and treatment. Understanding the complexity of treatment for individuals who have “hoarding” behaviors will be discussed.  The need for development of “hoarding task forces” will be discusses emphasizing a cross system collaborative approach.

Objectives:

  • Compare hoarding as a mental health and social issue
  • Explain “hoarding” in the DSM 5
  • Demonstrate the complexity of treatment for individuals who have “hoarding” behaviors
  • Discuss the importance of cross system collaborative approaches when working with individuals with “hoarding” behaviors
  • Analyze the needs of a community-based “hoarding task force”

Agenda:

2:00 – 2:45 PM Understanding Hoarding Behaviors

  • Demographics
  • Characteristics
  • Current research
  • DSM 5 diagnosis

2:45 – 3:15 PM Assessment

  • Saving Inventory-Revised tool (Frost)
  • Clutter Image Rating Scale (Frost)
  • HOMES Assessment (Bratiotis)

3:15 – 4:00  Intervention

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Developing Skills

4:00 – 4:45 Developing Hoarding Task Forces

4:45 – 5:00 PM Case discussion

5:00 – Conclusion and evaluations

 

Week #8 – “Bridging Communities: Building Community-Based Partnerships for Continuity of Care”

Description:

The demographics of our country implores us to find the means to serve our older adults in our communities.  Even though our knowledge of aging has increased we still need to find alternatives to working together to keep older adults independent. This presentation will review evidenced-based practices in serving community residing older adults that emphasize prevention and mutual cooperation between systems.  This “inter-disciplinary approach,” working across service systems will address the multiple needs of older individuals enabling a community approach for independence.

Objectives:

  • Critique the impact of the growing aging population and the service needs within our communities.
  • Discuss the need for cooperation and mutual respect among the professional and lay care-givers, and integration of the various levels and types of care.
  • Demonstrate the need for an inter-disciplinary approach that will address the multiple needs of persons as they age and decline in physical, cognitive, and emotional ways.
  • Compare evidenced-based practices that emphasize community- based interventions for older adults

Agenda

2:00 – 2:15  Aging Demographics

2:15 – 2:45  Barriers to services for Older Adults

  • Provider barriers
  • Patient and family barriers
  • Systems barriers

2:45-3:30    Evidenced-based practices

  • Suicide prevention approaches
  • Peer approaches
  • System approaches

4:15 –4:30 Need for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

4:30 – 4:45 Case Discussion

5:00 – Conclusion and evaluations

 

*Please note evaluations need to be completed for each webinar in order to receive CEs/Continuing Education Hours.