Working with Participants Clients

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1) Human Development and Late Adult Years

• Life Span Potential
• Theories of Aging

2) Human Development and Aging

• Human Behavior and Aging
• Potential and Creativity
• Wellness and Self-Esteem

3) Spirituality of Aging

• Reminiscing
• Tasks of Life Review
• Worship — Religion
• Death — Dying
• Palliative Care
• Journaling
• Ethics
• Tasks of Vital Aging
• Prayer — Scripture
• Personal Growth
• Wisdom in Aging
• Comparative Religions

4) Biology of Aging

• Changes — Physical & Sensory
• Sexuality
• Medications
• Nutrition
• Healthy Aging
• Illness and Dysfunction
• Bariatric Issues
• Behavioral Interventions
• Pain Management

5) Sociology of Aging

• Involvement — Isolation
• Dependence/Independence
• Living Alone — Social Networks
• Cultural Attitudes
• Social Histories
• Long Term Care/Aging/Social Needs
• Living Arrangements — Retirement Housing, Elder Communities, Long-Term Care, Adult Day Services, Assisted Living, Mental Health, Sub-Acute, Independent Living, Home Health, Aging in Place, Senior Centers
• Culture Change in the Continuum of Care
• Baby Boomers/Generational Diversity
• Sign Language
• Foreign Language
• Elder Abuse

6) Psychology of Aging

• Leisure & Aging
• Psychological Choices — Depression, Anxiety, Fears
• Drugs & Alcohol
• Security
• Successful adaptations
• Hospice
• Counseling Techniques
• Stereotypes — Myths
• Confusion/Disorientation
• Institutionalization
• Aging in Place
• Memory Care

7) Leisure and Aging

• Recreation — Definition, Types, Philosophy
• Lifestyles
• Retirement Living
• Attitudes — Motivation
• Analysis of Leisure Time
• Client Interests
• Client Rights — Different Categories
• Volunteerism
• Creativity in Aging
• Leisure Education
• Barriers to Leisure
• Person Centered Programming

8) Basic Health

• First Aid/CPR
• Health Precautions
• Personal Health Issues
• Geriatric Medications/Contra-Indications in the Activities Delivery systems
• Nutritional Issues/Diabetes

9) Group Instruction/Leadership

• Adult Learning Modes
• Instruction Methods — Lecture, Handouts, Videos
• Demonstrations, Samples, Slides, Discussion, Participation, Survey, Sharing Experience
• Teaching Materials — Tools, Resources
• Group Dynamics/Leadership
• In-Service
• Leader Listening
• Esteem Building
• Build Group Support/Support & Group Leadership

10) Therapy for the Disabled Aging

• Overview of P.T., O.T., Speech Therapy, Art Therapy, Recreation Therapy, Dance Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy, Validation, Poetry Therapy, Reality Orientation, Remotivation, Horticulture Therapy, etc.
• Restorative Programs — Feeding Training, ADL Skills, etc.
• Patient Physical Transfer Techniques
• Therapeutic Approach — Meaningful, Purposeful, How it Helps
• Therapeutic Feeding Techniques
• Aroma Therapy
• Massage Therapy
• Therapeutic Swimming

11) With Residents & Staff

• Types of Communication
• Listening Skills
• Responding Skills
• Communication with Frail
• Communication with Confused
• Intercultural Concerns
• Morale Building
• Dealing with Difficult Situations

12) Public Speaking

• Professional Image
• Leading Meetings
• Business Etiquette

13) Public Relations

• The Written Message
• Media Use — Press releases, P.S.A., T.V., Radio
• Publicity — News
• Letters of Appreciation
• Volunteer Programs
• Fund Raising
• Marketing Activity Importance letters, Bulletin Boards, Posters, Graphic Techniques
• Community Marketing of Facility and Activities Delivery Systems

14) Interpersonal Relationships

• Staff Team Approach — Working Together
• Coordination of Services — Staff, Families, Volunteers, etc.
• Peer Relationships — Staff, Residents
• Family Relationships — Various Age Needs and Attitudes
• Empowerment/Managing Relationships/Personality Evaluation
• Staff/Client Relationships
• Consultant Relationships
• Organizational Relationships
• Organizational Structures in Different Levels of Care
• Conflict Resolution
• Dealing with Difficult People
• Assertiveness Training

15) Motivation

• Of Clients, Families, Staff, Volunteers
• Professional Improvement
• Motivational Techniques

16) Community Services/Support/Relations

• Recreation Resources
• Service Clubs
• Religious Resources
• Mainstreaming
• Adult Health Services — Alzheimer’s, MS, Ostomy Clubs, Parkinsons, Arthritis, Amputee, Cancer
• Business — Chamber of Commerce
• Family Open Houses
• Library Resources

17) Regulations

• State & Federal Activities, Regulations & Standards — OSHA, ADA & Professional Standards
• Survey Process
• Plan of Corrections
• Legislative Updating
• JCAHO, CARF, Specialty Standards
• Assisted Living Regulations/Memory Care/Enhanced Assisted Living Regulations
• Medical Adult Day Health Regulations
• Mental Health Adult Day Health Regulations/Adult Day Habilitation (MR/DD)
• Adult Home Regulations/ Personal Care and Boarding Programming