Contextual Issues of elder care discusses issues such as diversity concerns; ageism, therapeutic nihilism, and gerophobia. Training recommendations for providers of care to the elderly are provided. This study is part of a series of studies on palliative care for mental health professionals. The studies can be studied as stand-alone topics or may be taken in sequence for a more comprehensive exploration of the topic.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE
Revised 2022
Description of the whole series:  Module One is designed to give a bio-psychosocial overview of older adulthood including theories of aging, and the processes of normal aging. Module Two: Common mental health problems of the elderly, covers demographics of the elder population and common mental and behavioral health problems encountered in older populations. Module Three: Caregiving and care delivery. Among the more compelling concerns are end-of-life issues. The course discusses advanced directives and the concept of medical futility and the common problems associated with these decisions.
This module: Module Four Contextual Issues of Elder Care discusses issues such as diversity concerns; ageism, therapeutic nihilism, and gerophobia. Training recommendations for providers of care to the elderly are provided.
1.  Participants will be able to discuss the status of the specialty of geriatric mental health.
2.  Participants will be able to describe the context issues pertinent to elder care.

CE Credits: 1

Hour One: Geriatric mental health, Contextual issues of aging.

CE Broker #: HS 20-38520, OL 20-38519

Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Area; Special population/problems.

Purpose: Professionals will be equipped to understand contextual influences that may impact their services to older clients.

Target Audience: Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, psychiatric nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals.

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