Mental Health and Physical Conditions and the Elder Population

Training Registration - Arlington,TX | Jan 10, 2018 - Jan 11, 2018

United Way of Tarrant County
401 W Sanford St #2600,
Conference Room A
Arlington, TX 76011
CEU's Available - Yes

Agency Partner -TDPRS: Adult Protective Services

According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, Elder Abuse includes three components: a. physical, sexual or psychological abuse, as well as neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation of an older person by another person or entity, b. that occurs in any setting (e.g., home, community or facility), c. either in a relationship where there is an expectation of trust and/or when an older person is targeted based on age or disability. Although definitions vary by jurisdiction, research and practice have shown approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. According to the National Council on Aging, Social isolation and mental impairment (such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease) are two factors. Recent studies show that nearly half of those with dementia experienced abuse or neglect. Interpersonal violence also occurs at disproportionately higher rates among adults with disabilities. Physical and mental health issues affect multiple body systems so abuse is often missed by investigators and assumed to be a part of the adult’s existing medical condition. This course is based on the philosophy that professionals with a strong foundational understanding of the medical aspects of elder abuse and risk factors for elder abuse will be able to utilize their knowledge to ask the right questions that impact case decisions and priorities from their first contact.

The Mental Health and Physical Conditions in the Elderly Population is a two day course designed to provide the law enforcement officer, APS Specialist/Investigator, mental health specialists, and other professionals who work with the elderly population with advanced knowledge related to the mental health and physical conditions seen in the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The course covers the following topics:

  1. Aging Overview
  2. Highlights of Changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5
  3. Mental Health Conditions
  4. Physical Conditions
  5. Untreated Conditions
  6. Medications
  7. Resources
  8. Service Planning using the multidisciplinary team

A brief overview of aging will discuss the importance of identifying conditions related to the normal aging process vs. conditions involving a rapid decline in mental health or physical condition. The correlation between mental and physical health will be discussed and emphasis for immediate intervention will be placed on rapid behavior or physical changes indicating the need for immediate intervention. Untreated conditions will be discussed in context with the rapid decline of a client and the indicators an APS Specialist/Investigator would expect to see. Information related to medications commonly used, recognizing dangerous issues of polypharmacy, and drug interactions will be provided along with quick reference charts to be used in the field. To apply newly acquired knowledge, participants will work in a small group with multidisciplinary team members to develop a service plan using case studies with complex case facts. As resources are a key factor for assisting the elderly population with acute and long term issues, a large group resource development block will allow participants to share their knowledge of local, state, and national resources and develop additional resource tools.

CEU's available
Contact: Ron Kunz
Phone: 817-882-8686

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