As health and human service paraprofessionals assisting older adults, it is important for you to recognize the behavioral health problems that arise most often in older adulthood. This course is designed to increase your ability to distinguish between normal aging and behavioral health problems, and to further your understanding of what you can do as part of the care team to provide support and promote recovery. The goal of this course is to provide case managers, care managers, and non-licensed direct care staff in health and human services settings with an overview of behavioral health issues in older adults.
This course is NCCAP approved NCCAP5029976-24NT. All NCCAP approved courses count 100% towards certification.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Interaction of Physical and Behavioral Health
The Impact of Aging
Always Report Concerns
Behavioral Health Defined
Normal Age-Related Changes to Body
How Aging Affects the Brain
How to Support Normal Changes of Aging
Chronic Health Conditions
A Vicious Cycle
Additional Challenges in Older Adulthood
Loneliness & Social Isolation
Section 3: Common Behavioral Health Problems Among Older Adults
Sharon’s Poor Insight
Common Behavioral Health Problems
Problematic Substance Use
Be Aware of Suicide Risk
How to Reduce Stigma
Section 4: Conclusion
Jacob Helton, Psy.D., received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University in Pennsylvania. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Chehalem Youth and Family Services in Newberg, Oregon, which included extensive training with at-risk youth and their families. He is licensed as a psychologist in Oregon and most recently worked in an integrated family medicine and internal medicine group for a large healthcare organization. Dr. Helton has worked in hospital, school, residential, and community mental health settings. He has provided treatment to clients across the lifespan and diagnostic spectrum, with an emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, co-occurring medical and mental health disorders, ADHD, insomnia, severe and persistent mental illness, and the aging. He has experience as a technical writer and has provided numerous trainings to mental health professionals, physicians, allied professionals, and direct care staff.
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