Foundations in Aging & Disabilities Certificate

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary for effective practice in the growing fields of aging and disabilities. This Certificate provides a strength based approach for health and social service practitioners looking at aging and disabilities from a biological, psychological, and social perspective. Included will be content on the assessment process, available services and supports and how to utilize this information to benefit the people with whom you work. This Certificate is indispensable for those entering the field as well as those with experience who are looking to further develop their knowledge and skills in these important content areas.

Training Program Cost: $325.00
Typical number of CEUs: 21

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Core Issues in Aging and Disability

This course provides a comprehensive overview of how disability and age can affect function and quality of life along the continuum of adulthood.  It identifies the health conditions that can lead to disability as well as the social, physiological, and psychological changes that adults experience as they age. You will learn about integrated approaches to “long-term living” and the practical implications for consumer choice, self-determination, and ethics for service providers. The course guides you to resources and reviews the federal laws and regulations that affect disability and aging.

Assessment with Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities

With this course you will learn how to determine the long-term living needs of older people and other adults of any age who have functional disabilities and want to live in the community, either at home or in some other residential setting. More and more states are now developing community-based support programs aimed at this diverse population. The course looks at assessment as a process where practitioners work in partnership with consumers to understand what is required to meet his or her goals for independent living.  It includes information on the physical, mental, emotional, familial, and social conditions that might be acting as barriers to realizing those hopes and goals and how to work to address those barriers to create a person centered plan.

A Guide to the Aging and Disability Networks

This course is intended to acquaint workers with the variety of services available to older adults and people with disabilities through programs funded and supported by federal and state governments and administered by state and local agencies. By the conclusion of this course, you should be able to help the people who come to you for assistance, determine what they are eligible for that meets their particular needs, and to navigate the aging and disability networks.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Care managers, social workers, and others who provide services to older people are often the first to notice potential signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive disorders. This course teaches practitioners to recognize signs and symptoms of the most common neurocognitive disorders as distinct from normal changes so that they can refer clients for appropriate diagnostic screening, as well as provide education, support, and referrals. Discussion includes legal and ethical issues and the implications of ethnic and cultural differences for effective intervention strategies. Case studies and video clips provide compelling illustration.

Working with Informal Caregivers

With family members and other unpaid, or “informal,” caregivers providing 85 percent of ongoing primary assistance for older adults in the U.S. today, social service and healthcare providers must be able to work effectively with this essential component of a comprehensive system of care. Studies show that informal caregivers often experience a high degree of satisfaction from their contributions, but they also experience stress and other difficulties as they struggle to meet innumerable challenges. This course will prepare you to adapt your knowledge of supportive services, resource development, and care management to support and collaborate with informal caregivers in a wide variety of situations in different service arenas.

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