This course presents a broad overview of aging and long-term care services while focusing on key psychosocial and health challenges for older adults (age 65 and older). Demographic trends related to aging and multiculturalism in America are explored, along with the advent of consumer direction and long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults. Also introduced are several concepts and theories related to aging and human development. Additionally, the important opportunities that can renew one’s sense of purpose in older adulthood are discussed. Throughout the content, a combination of reflective exercises, illustrative vignettes, and short web-based video clips are utilized to enhance readers’ knowledge of clinical issues related to aging and long-term care services. After completing the course content, the online posttest must be passed with a score of 80% or better to print a certificate of completion.
This course is appropriate for social workers and behavioral health practitioners nationwide who wish to gain insights and effective approaches to working with older adults.
This course can be used toward the requirement of 15 hours of California cultures coursework for out-of-state applicants. View requirement details.
At the completion of this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify critical issues in aging and long-term care, including aging and multiculturalism in the United States, consumer direction, and long-term services and supports (LTSS).
- Identify several contemporary maturation theories, including life course theory and definitions of “old.”
- Identify major challenges associated with older adulthood, including changes in social roles, psychological issues, and memory and cognitive issues.
- Identify key psychosocial and health challenges associated with older adulthood, including depression, neurocognitive disorder (NCD), and delirium.
- Identify key issues related to caregiving for older adults and the role of geriatric care managers (GCMs).
- Identify factors that can assist the older adult in finding renewed purpose and meaning in later life.