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Gerontology Training Series (3/16/12 & 4/11/12)
Friday, March 16 2012, 9:00am

The Spring 2012 Gerontology Training Series

Current offerings are listed below. The status of Continuing Education Credit Hours from the National Association of Social Workers, CT is noted.

3/16/12 Older Adults with Prolonged Mental Illness (9:00 AM to 12:15 PM) - 3 CECs pending
4/11/12 Learning to Speak Alzheimer's (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) - 6 CECs pending


3/16/12 Older Adults with Prolonged Mental Illness (9:00 AM to 12:15 PM)
Prolonged mental illness refers to any psychological disorder or disorders that have persisted for a significant period of time, causing substantial ongoing distress in an individual’s life. The relatively under-examined role of mental illness in the lives of older adults (65+) will be explored in this workshop. As the older adult population stands to increase exponentially in size in the coming decades, the specter of untreated or under-treated psychological disorders in this population will be of increasing interest to mental health professionals. We will review the most recent research on the prevalence of psychological disorders in older adult populations, and consider the impending demands on the health care system presented by prolonged mental illness in older adults. A variety of methods of distinguishing between “normal aging” and psychological disorders, treatment approaches, and preventive interventions will be discussed. Finally, the role of culture and diversity in the treatment of populations with prolonged mental illness will be explored.
Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the scope and prevalence of psychological disorders in older adult populations; 2) Learn about the process of differential diagnosis as it relates to “normal” aging, mental illness, and dementia; 3) Understand unique aspects of psychological disorders in older adults that may distinguish their lives from those of younger adults with similar disorders; 4) Learn risk and protective factors for mental health in older adults; 5) Learn basic information on the increasing importance of culture and diversity in older adult populations.


4/11/12 Learning to Speak Alzheimer's (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
This workshop has been extended to a full day by popular demand. It offers state-of-the-art thinking in Alzheimer’s care for all level of professionals, from beginner to advance. It also provides an opportunity to brainstorm tough cases in a supportive group of professionals. Topics include: the prevalence of Alzheimer’s, the importance of diagnosis, brain changes, FDA-approved medications, risk and protective factors and disparities. A theoretical framework is outlined based on the book Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s by Joanne Koenig Coste. Dozens of practical strategies are shared to help professionals handle the often intense behavioral challenges that arise in Alzheimer’s caregiving. Other models of care for people with dementia are briefly discussed. Come learn strategies to improve Alzheimer’s caregiving for both the caregiver and the care recipient, and learn the approaches to avoid.
Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the scope of Alzheimer’s in terms of prevalence, projections, disparities and caregiving issues; 2) Understand the importance of diagnosis; 3) Explore the effect of Alzheimer’s on the person with the disease & the caregivers; 4) Learn the theory of habilitation and practice strategies for challenging behaviors; 5) Describe other models to support individuals and caregivers facing dementia.


About the Series: The Series provides training in theory, best practices, and tailored techniques designed to increase awareness and understanding of aging using a prevention and health promotion framework. The goal is to enhance the ability of practitioners to work with older adults and their families. Trainings emphasize the psychosocial aspects of a particular topic and incorporate experiential components to involve participants. The Series is designed for health care professionals, paraprofessionals, and others working with older adults and their families in a variety of settings including home care, senior housing and care facilities, adult day programs, senior centers, religious institutions and volunteer organizations.

About the Facilitator: Donna B. Fedus is a Gerontologist and Coordinator of Elder Programs at The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine. Since joining The Consultation Center in 2007, Ms. Fedus has created more than 25 half- and full-day workshops on various issues of aging. In addition to professional training, Ms. Fedus offers educational programs and a coaching service for family caregivers. Ms. Fedus also offers gerontology consultation to organizations, supervises a program for grandparents raising grandchildren, and writes grants to fund special programs. Ms. Fedus reviews manuscripts for Journeyworks Publishing and Health Professions Press. She is an Advisory Council member of the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut and of ISLE, the Institute of Senior Living Education, which is an affiliate of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association. Ms. Fedus earned her Master’s degree in Social Gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.

Location : The Consultation Center
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