Social Issues & Well-Being in Aging

We are excited to announce a continuation of our 2019 workshop series on aging. The topics in this series are based on community feedback for additional training in this area. These nine workshops will give you increased knowledge and awareness of social issues and well-being in aging, as well as tools you can use to engage and connect with the older adults around you.

This programming aims to make a difference and improve the lives of older adults by supporting the professional development of those who work with them. This series is supported through a grant from the Bader Philanthropies, Inc. and we've been able to build a discount into the workshop pricing.

Scholarship assistance is available. 
Interested in earning a certificate? Complete all nine workshops in this series to earn your certificate in person-centered care: social Issues & well-being in aging in just four months.

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Essential Oils for Older Adult Well-being, Symptom Management, and End-of-Life Care

Date: February 17, 2021 | Time: 9 p.m. - 12 p.m. 
Learn the benefits of essential oils and how they can promote well-being, as well as an adjunct for symptoms such as anxiety, nausea, pain, and sleep. This workshop will explore the evidence-based practices of safe essential oil use for those in later life or in end of life care. You will have opportunities to work with samples and to discuss best practices with your instructor, Jan Tomaino, DNP, RN; a Certified Aromatherapist with extensive clinical use of essential oils.

Cultural Considerations in Aging

Date: March 8, 2021 | Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  | Fee: $29

This workshop will explore important cultural considerations when working with Indigenous elders. Learn how their world views, life experiences, historical influences, and cultural contexts differ from the dominant culture, and how this may impact the way we care and work with our Indigenous aging community. Bring your questions to this interactive workshop!

Isolation & Loneliness and the Impact of COVID-19

Date: March 10, 2021 | Time: 9 p.m. - 12 p.m. 

This workshop will explore isolation and loneliness through the lens of COVID-19 and the new opportunities and challenges it presents for older adults and those working with them. Review the latest national reports and emerging initiatives to identify and address older adult loneliness, develop strategies to optimize social supports and reduce social isolation (even amidst a pandemic), and review the complex interactions of social isolation with health. We will work together to answer the question, "What can I do to effectively address social isolation among older adults in my community?”

Sexuality & Intimacy in Later Life

Date: March 22 & 24, 2021 | Time: 9 p.m. - 12 p.m.  | Fee: $59

This workshop will focus on the importance of sexuality and intimacy in later life for people with and without cognitive limitations. We will discuss common myths, sexual issues elders may confront and the contributing factors. We will examine barriers to elders being intimate and sexually active including the controversial issue of consent in facilities, particularly as it relates to people diagnosed with dementia. Throughout our discussions, we will talk about strategies to support elders and their right to self-determination.

Trauma, Aging, and End-Of-Life-Care

Date: April 19, 2021 | Time: 9 p.m. - 12 p.m. 

The traumatic events of life often go unseen or unheard as people age and these experiences for elders are often not acknowledged-as if time itself is a cure to the scars and pain left behind.  Research shows that unspoken traumas throughout life need to be addressed and honored.  Participants will learn about how to assist in identifying, supporting, and providing care to those that have experienced trauma.

Challenges Faced by LGBTQ+ Elders

Date: April 21, 2021 | Time: 9 p.m. - 12 p.m. 

LGBTQ+ elders face many challenges both seen and unseen. This workshop will give a holistic overview of their experience by looking at issues of the past, today's culture (including language, labels and terminology), and how the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth impact, add to, and play off of the challenges faced by elders in this community. We will also look at family estrangement and other difficulties LGBTQ+ individuals may confront as they age. Leave this workshop with new knowledge and tools to use in working with LGBTQ+ elders in your community. 

Elders & Substance Abuse: The Invisible Crisis

Date: May 10, 2021 | Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

This workshop will address one of the fastest growing health issues for elders in the United States: substance use. The reasons for this growth and current invisibility of the issue will be examined, as well as factors that place elders at higher risk. In addition, age-related changes that make prescribing challenging will be explored and attention given to screening and treatment.

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Aging & Mental Health

Date: May 12, 2021 | Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Mental health is an issue that crosses generations, and yet older adults and their caretakers may not recognize those signs and behaviors, nor understand when or where to seek help. In this workshop, we will review common mental health conditions in older adults such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. We will discuss how aging impacts mental health conditions in older adults and what strategies can promote positive mental health. We will also look at challenging situations including toxic behavior and bullying among the older adult population.

Functional Movement & Nutrition for Mental Health & Chronic Pain Management

Date: May 26, 2021 | Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to mental and physical well-being. As we age, the influences of our physical, social, financial, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and occupational environment all affect our mental and physical health. To age gracefully we need to maintain our function and fuel our bodies with real food. This presentation will share insights, experience, and current research on how we can improve (1) functional movement to help us be independent, (2) nutritional awareness that can help improve our body's ability to heal illnesses and increase muscle function, and (3) how movement and real food can help address aspects of chronic pain management.