Psychologist

Aging in America


   Credits
3 CE credit hours training
   Cost
$15.00
   Source
Robert A. Yourell
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Target audience and instructional level of this voice: intermediate

Course Description

This course reviews aging from a bio-psychosocial perspective, with a focus on long-term care. It is written by a therapist with experience as a clinical coordinator and case manager for residential care and skilled nursing facilities. The mental health professional can play a vital role in the well being of elderly individuals and their families and caregivers. Therapists can help aging individuals restore and maintain meaningful activities and a valued identity. Therapists can help families and caretakers improve their support for the aging individual as well as their own well being.

This course reviews mental health challenges of aging. These include adjustments to change and loss, cognitive changes, psychiatric disorders, and recovery from abuse, exploitation and neglect. The anticipated population of elderly persons relative to younger wage earners will produce strains in the systems of care that will lead to increased mental health and family stress issues. This course will review the demographic changes and challenges to staff and family members posed by these changes. The older population is highly vulnerable to abuses such as fraud, violence, and neglect. Legal and ethical issues are covered, primarily regarding reporting of suspected abuse, exploitation, or neglect.
Challenges of Aging

"Grief takes many forms. But don't worry, we're here to help you fill them out." Mike Baldwin

A demographic and fiscal challenge: The U.S. is challenged by dramatic growth in the aged population. This is the result of the baby boom that took place between 1946 and 1964 following World War II. This population starts reaching the age of 65 from 2011 through 2029. This will place greater stress on families and care systems than any previous period.

The U. S. Administration on Aging provides the following statistics on this aging trend:

The older population--persons 65 years or older--numbered 37.3 million in 2006 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.4% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 71.5 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4% o


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