There are 3 Continuing Education Units included with this course.
There are more people over the age of 65 alive today than at any other period in American history. This course is designed to help counselors understand the challenges faced by today’s seniors, such as acute and chronic illness, Alzheimer’s and dementia, and end-of-life decision making.
AGS 101: Acute and Chronic Illness in the Aging
Timothy Jennings, M.D.
This lesson focuses on aging, factors that accelerate aging, common illnesses in aging, and interventions that slow the aging process and maximize functioning. Aging is a chronological and functional process, but functional aging incorporates a more accurate depiction of the aging process.
AGS 102: Behavior Challenges and Personality Changes with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Kathie Erwin, Ed.D.
Erratic, unpredictable behaviors are part of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, which cause the greatest frustration for family caregivers. What can seem to be an appropriate response is often the wrong response. Helping families understand behavioral challenges with this disease is crucial to teaching them how to better cope as each stage unfolds.
AGS 103: End-of-Life: Family Issues and Decision Making
Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
Throughout our lives, we plan for everything – weddings, vacations, retirements, job transfers-but many of us avoid planning for the end of life. This session focuses on family issues and decision making that are part of the end-of-life experience with the elderly. Level of care and specific interventions are also addressed.