Older Clients: Strengths-based approaches to teaming up with an Aging Life Care Professional™
Friday, January 11, 2019
Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N Oakland Ave Pasadena, CA 91101
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Presenter: Brenda Shorkend, M.A.
Working with older people has its rewards and its challenges. Especially when a therapist has been working with a client for many years it can be difficult to differentiate between so-called “normal” aspects of aging and other neurological or physiological changes that might require additional clinical team members and services. In addition, the client may ask for help with both the practical and emotional aspects of their role as informal caregiver (or carepartner) for their spouse or parent. This presentation will assist clinicians in raising their awareness of the opportunities to build support and treatment teams in the face of clients’ psychological, neurological, and physiological symptom changes. It will emphasize the importance of being aware of ageism, and shifting from a deficit-based approach to a strength-based approach. Older people can continue to age successfully despite a myriad of challenges if they develop a strong support network early on. Collaboration between professionals is crucial in creating and maintaining this network. Case examples will highlight how psychologists and Aging Life Care Professionals can work together to benefit our aging clients.
Learning Objectives: After attending event, participants will be able to:
- Identify client strengths during normal aging while attending to the deficits of cognitive and physical decline.
- Identify possible treatment-team additions to address client age-related changes, including side effects of prescription medications, deficits in minerals or vitamins, illegal drugs, marijuana or alcohol; vision, gait and hearing impairments.
- Describe the role of an Aging Life Care Professional in building a team to enhance the welfare of clients and their families.
Brenda Shorkend, M.A., is an independent Aging Life Care Manager™/Geriatric Care Manager with over 25 years of experience working with seniors and people with disabilities and their families. She has a background in Rehabilitation Psychology and is a member of the Aging Life Care Association (formerly National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers). She has worked in a wide variety of hospital and community settings, including Huntington Hospital’s Senior Care Network. Brenda has broad knowledge of local resources and services. Brenda is a strong advocate for her clients. She works with seniors and people with disabilities and their families to tailor unique solutions for each individual that maximize their independence and autonomy while ensuring their safety and well-being.
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CE – the program offers 1.5 hours of credit
CPA is co-sponsoring with The San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licenses. Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.
Please join us after the program for informal networking until 2:00pm.
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