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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

complex regional painComplex Regional Pain Syndrome List all of the criteria required to establish work-relatedness for an occupational disease. Describe the risk factors that may help prevent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Understand the symptoms and signs of CRPS. Explain the treatment plan for patients with CRPS.

1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Depression- An Overview

Depression- Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression. This free introductory course provides an overview to the various forms of depression, including signs and symptoms, co-existing conditions, causes, gender and age differences, and diagnosis and treatment options.
1. Describe the various forms and symptoms of depression
2. List illnesses that often co-exist with depression
3. Name various factors that can cause depression
4. Identify types of medications that are commonly used to treat depression
5. Describe the two main types of psychotherapy that are effective in treating depression

1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
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Mind, Body & Soul- Caring for the Senior Citizen

mind body soulCaring for the Entire Senior - Mind, Body and Soul- For anyone concerned about an aging parent, it is critical to learn about the physical and emotional signs of aging, such as loss of energy or changes in mood that can inadvertently increase the risk of an older adult losing their independence. Molly Carpenter will outline these signs, as well as signals designed to attract attention and environmental clues that might point to cognitive decline. This webinar will also cover suggestions for engaging an older adults’ mind, body and spirit, as well as fears older adults harbor about aging and how to address them.

1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Expires 3/7/15

Ebola Virus Disease

ebola cdcEbola Virus Disease- Describe the history of Ebola outbreaks in Africa since 1976. State three initial symptoms and five subsequent signs and symptoms associated with Ebola viral infection. List the three ways in which Ebola is transmitted among humans during an outbreak. Explain the three components of standard supportive therapy for treatment of Ebola infection. Discuss the main issue associated with the use of vaccines and therapeutics such as ZMapp for the treatment of Ebola virus disease in West Africa. State four ways in which the CDC is responding to issues of workplace safety in the United States.

4.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
A Train Education

Conflict Resolution- the 50/50 Rule

conflict resolutionSolving Communication Issues within Families- Sibling relationships and the quality of an older adult’s care can be at risk due to unresolved family conflicts, but with the approaches outlined in this webinar, caregiving can make families stronger. This webinar will outline the 50/50 Rule, a new program designed to help adult siblings improve communication skills and better care for aging parents. Learn practical tips to open discussions between adult siblings to help them improve communication skills, develop teamwork, make decisions together and divide the workload involved in caring for aging parents.
1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Expires 2/3/15
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Improving Communication with an Elderly Client

communicating with the elderlyCommunicating With the Elderly
Recognize the benefits of good communication skills.
Explore the special communication needs of the elderly.  

1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists 

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Age-Friendly Communities

age friendly communityCreating Aging-Friendly Communities- Andrew Scharlach, professor of social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, presents the latest thinking about the conceptualization and creation of age-friendly communities, and defines what they are, whom they are for, and how they can be created. Also included is a discussion about whether or not age-friendly communities are even desirable or possible. After examining the underlying conceptualizations of age-friendly communities, this web seminar explores the characteristics of “age-friendliness,” follows with a critical examination of approaches that help communities become more age-friendly, and closes by addressing the complexities and controversies involved in creating livable communities for people of all ages.

1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Expires 11/17/14

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Diabetes in Older Adults

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Understanding Diabetes in Older Adults Diabetes affects millions of Americans. Molly Carpenter details some of the risk factors, as well as how to prevent or delay onset of the disease. There will also be tips on how to manage diabetes so that you, your loved one or your clients can live a normal, active lifestyle and avoid complications.

1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Expires 11/10/14

Complimentary & Alternative Medicine Treatments for Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain- Pain is the most common reason for seeking medical care.  Because chronic (long term) pain can be resistant to many medical treatments and can cause serious problems, people who suffer from chronic pain often turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).  This fact sheet provides basic information on chronic pain and “what the science says” about the effectiveness of CAM therapies that many people with chronic pain use.
Identify the most prevalent chronic pain diagnoses and conditions that may be associated with them.
Demonstrate knowledge of 'what the science says' about the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches that are utilized by many people with chronic pain.
Demonstrate familiarity with the guidelines from the National Clearinghouse of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for guiding people who are considering choosing CAM approaches to help alleviate their chronic pain.

1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists

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Hospice & Palliative Care

Supporting Families Through Hospice- No family looks forward to facing the end of life with a loved one. Challenges for family caregivers run the gamut from physical and emotional strain to psychological stress. This webinar will provide resources and strategies for senior care professionals to share with families to educate them about hospice and palliative care, and help them better cope with the physical, emotional and psychological stress of dealing with end-of-life issues.

1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Expires 9/9/14

2.0 Free CEUs- Popular Weight Loss Programs

Popular Weight-Loss Programs and Products-  What do you tell clients when they ask you about the latest weight-loss product or plan? How do you evaluate these items? New weight-loss programs, books, products and supplements continuously hit the marketplace.It is important for healthcare professionals to provide knowledgeable, professional advice on selection and use of these products. This continuing education program describes key guidelines for evaluating weight-loss programs and weight-loss plans. It presents pertinent information on popular programs, such as Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, e-Diets, South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, non-profit support programs, popular diet books, meal replacement products and over-the-counter diet aids. It identifies useful resources necessary for the well-informed healthcare professional to vet what promises to be the endless supply of new products introduced into the marketplace.
Discuss the nine key questions important for evaluating weight-loss programs, books and products.
Respond knowledgeably to client inquiries concerning popular commercial weight-loss plans and products.
Identify resources for accessing current and accurate information to evaluate the latest weight-loss programs, products and books.

2.0  Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Free until 12/31/14

Provided by: Gannett Healthcare Group

Living With Arthritis

Living at Home with Arthritis
Is one of your clients struggling with the effects of arthritis? Do you want to assist but you’re unsure how? This webinar focuses on caring for someone with arthritis, from the symptoms and warning signs to the diagnosis and medical treatment. Home Instead Senior Care, along with the Arthritis Foundation, provide invaluable tips for living with arthritis, as well as helpful coping and support resources.

1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Expires 7/7/14