One of the most significant, and perhaps challenging, counseling populations over the next 20 years will be the elderly, and the study and practice of gerontology will increasingly come to the forefront of the mental health field. There are more people over the age of 65 alive today than during any other period in American history. The U.S. Census Bureau projects the number of older people will surpass the number of children within the next decade… and by the year 2030, adults 65 and older will more than double to over 92 million. In response to this increasing need, it is critical that mental health professionals be equipped to assist the elderly. This course offers helpful and practical insights for ongoing training for mental health professionals. This three-part series features noted Christian mental health experts, Timothy Jennings, Kathie Erwin, and Linda Mintle.
- Identify factors that accelerate aging, common illnesses in aging, and interventions that slow the aging process and maximize functioning.
- Describe how to teach caregivers to respond to those who have Alzheimer’s disease and other self-care techniques for the caregivers.
- Discuss ways to prepare a family for end of life issues and decisions that occur in this stage of life.
Course Titles and Descriptions
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.
Runtime: 53 minutes 33 seconds
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.
Runtime: 50 minutes 4 seconds
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.
Runtime: 49 minutes 12 seconds
2.5 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.
2.5 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.
The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: https://www.lightuniversity.com/continuing-education-statements/.