This is the second module in a two-part series dedicated to highlighting key issues that confront the expanding and diverse population of adults ages 65 and older. Although older adults historically have represented a small percentage of individuals seeking behavioral health services, the need for these services is expected to increase significantly as those from the baby boomer generation reach age 65 and beyond. Module 1 explores trends in aging and ageism in America, physical and mental health problems associated with aging, and the importance of culturally competent services and treatment. This second module explores the idea of successful aging, changes to traditional retirement, and the “Reframing Aging Initiative,” along with long-term care options and related resources. Additionally, there is a brief discussion regarding therapeutic intervention, including strength-based approaches for working with older adults and key components of a culturally sensitive, comprehensive geriatric assessment. The course content incorporates web-based video clips, case vignettes, and relevant resources.
This course can be used toward the mandated pre-license requirement of 10 hours of aging and long-term care coursework for California LCSW, LMFT, and LPCC licenses. This course can also be used to meet continuing education requirements for licensees in California and nationwide.
After completion of this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify key elements of “successful aging,” along with new trends in traditional retirement.
- Identify the current range of long-term care options, including home-based, community-based, and facility-based services, along with palliative and hospice care.
- Identify therapeutic interventions, including strength-based approaches to working with older adults.
- Identify key components of a culturally sensitive geriatric assessment.