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Senior Nutrition

Senior NutritionSenior Nutrition and Mealtime - Good nutrition is critical for everyone, but the importance increases as we age. Molly Carpenter outlines several steps you can take to help your older adult clients develop better nutrition and eating habits, from helping them shop for groceries and select foods that are high in nutrition and important vitamins, minerals and fiber, to ways to prepare foods that not only are good for them but taste good too.

1.0 Free AOTA for Occupational Therapists

Expires 4/12/14
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Happiness- Engaging Positive Psychology

Happiness- Happiness as we conceive it dates back to the Enlightenment movement of the 18th century, the time frame of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which states that we have a right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Until then, happiness was viewed as achievable by only a few — limited to those who were worthy of great reward for a life of virtue. With the Enlightenment came the belief that all humans could achieve happiness in their lifetime. We want to be happy but we are not sure what it is; we see it as a destination rather than a journey. We struggle with stress and discouragement, and look for ways to be more content with our lives. This module reviews the latest research on the science of happiness, explains the physiologic changes your body experiences with happiness and invites you to explore how to improve happiness based on the relatively new field of positive psychology.
Define happiness, positive psychology and well-being.
State three physiological and three psychological benefits of happiness.
Describe four evidence-based strategies for increasing happiness.
1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Free until 4/30/14
Presented by Gannett

Keeping Seniors Active Through Volunteerism

senior volunteerKeeping Seniors Active and Engaged through Volunteering- Today’s older adults are volunteering in big numbers and the results are all positive, especially when it comes to the resulting health benefits. If your clients aren’t volunteering already, Molly Carpenter will offer plenty of tips on how to encourage them to do so, outlining the many physical and emotional benefits of volunteering.
1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Expires 3/8/14
Sponsored by: home instead & ASA logo

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Overview of Cholesterol: Physiology & Control

cholesterolStatins: Controlling Cholesterol- Overview of statins including their mechanisms of action, indications, dosing decisions, side effects, risks in mixing with protease inhibitors, and debate about universal use after age 50.
Describe the function of cholesterol in the body and explain what happens when cholesterol levels rise above normal levels.
Discuss the mechanism by which statins regulate cholesterol levels.
List the medical indications for prescribing statins.
Address dosing decisions for statins along with precautions.
Discuss the side effects of statins, identify the risks in mixing statins with protease inhibitors, and debate whether statins should be given to everyone over age 50.
1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Expires  9/1/14
Presented by: Atrain Education

Improving Patient Outcomes in America

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare- Clarify the importance of preventive medicine in family practice. Summarize the main issues the film raises with the current healthcare system. Deconstruct the ways in which an existing practice may undermine patient outcomes. Evaluate new approaches for improving patient outcomes by increasing focus on high-touch, preventative strategies. Identify strategies for incorporating integrative medicine into an existing practice. Judge the pros and cons of the solutions to the healthcare crisis as presented in the film. Create new ways to approach integrative patient care based on the solutions presented in the film. Design ways to work collaboratively with colleagues across specialties in order to improve patient care. Evaluate the necessity of, and alternatives to, invasive and costly tests, medications and procedures. Consider ways to engage patients in promoting, supporting and monitoring healthier lifestyle choice.
1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Free until 12/31/13
Offered by Gannett Education

Preventing Childhood Accidental Injuries

Environmental Risk and Unintentional Childhood Injury- Accidental injury is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children. Healthcare professionals typically play a minor role in prevention of avoidable injuries that occur in the home; however, therapists, nurses, and social workers have the background and skill set to address this serious problem within the community context. Understanding the nature of unintentional childhood injury, risk factors, barriers to prevention, and how healthcare professionals can expand their current roles to address this public health crisis is crucial for prevention.
Describe the nature and types of household injury in children.
Recognize risk factors and barriers to prevention practices.
Demonstrate practical and relevant safety interventions at micro-, meso- and macro-levels.
1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Free until 12/31/13
Presented by: Today in OT

ADHD-An Update

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)- This free introductory course, from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), gives a brief update on the various facets of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It details the core symptoms, including behavioral manifestations of each, notes what is known about its causes, and lists the components of a comprehensive diagnostic protocol. It also describes a multifaceted treatment approach that includes combined medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral therapy. The course includes sections on comorbid disorders, dealing with ADHD at school, and treating it in teens and adults.
1.Identify the core symptoms of ADHD
2.List the elements that should be assessed in diagnosing ADHD
3.Name common effects and side effects of stimulant medications
4.List comorbid conditions that frequently accompany ADHD
5.Identify ways in which ADHD in adults is different from ADHD in children
1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Healthy Feet

Focus on Feet- Age-related change, years of wear and tear, inadequate care, use of poorly fitting footwear, increased weight and body mass index and the prevalence of medical conditions that affect the feet may result in disability, decreased mobility, diminished function and loss of quality of life. Healthcare providers as a team can reduce these problems by providing a comprehensive assessment, daily foot care and patient education.
Describe age-related changes in feet
Differentiate minor problems in feet from those requiring expert intervention
Teach self-care practices as a health promotion strategy for healthy feet
1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Free Until 10/31/13
Free course provided by Gannett Education

Preventing Elder Financial Abuse

scamUnderstanding the Scams Seniors Face- The annual financial loss by victims of elder financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.9 billion dollars. If you are worried an older adult you know will become a victim of a senior scam, this webinar will offer plenty of advice on how to protect a senior loved one. The “how’s” and “why’s” of senior scams will be examined, as well as the top scams to watch out for. Dr. Amy D'Aprix offers real-world advice on preventing and reporting scams against older adults.
1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Expires  10/21/13
Sponsored by: asa logo& Home Instead

Opioid Abuse

opium poppiesOpioids: Their Use and Abuse- The pharmacologic properties of opioids including their mechanisms of action, receptor targets, target tissues, agonists and antagonists. Clinical applications including accepted usage, duration of action, and the minimizing of side effects. Finally, a look at overdose deaths from opioid abuse.
Comment on the history of poppies and the opium trade.
Identify the various receptor targets of opioid action and explain how they differ.
Describe the actions of morphine.
Identify morphine-ike drugs and synthetic derivatives.
Discuss dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal in opioids.
Explain ADME in pharmacokinetics.
List other opioid analgesics in addition to morphine.
Distinguish between opioid agonists and antagonists and the ways they are used.
Summarize the current problem of overdose from prescribed medications.
Describe the use of methadone and its relation to overdose deaths.
Teach a patient how to minimize the negative side effects of opioid use.
Explain the effective way to treat neuropathic pain.
1.5 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Expires 6/1/14
Sponsored by A Train Education

Understanding Alzheimer's

Understanding Alzheimer's and Types of Dementia
Do you suspect that your parent may have Alzheimer’s or another dementia? Dr. Amy D'Aprix will detail the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, as well as the diagnostic process to confirm the presence of the disease. Tips on preventing Alzheimer’s and other dementias, as well as ways to manage some of the challenging behaviors that often accompany the disease, will also be covered.
1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Expires 9/17/13
Sponsored by:    Grant by