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Dizziness In Elders

Dizziness in Elders- Defined and Differentiated- At one time or other, most people have experienced dizziness, one of the vaguest complaints health professionals face in practice, because what each person calls dizziness differs greatly. Some describe it as poor balance, lightheadedness, wooziness or spinning, while others may say they feel as if they are about to faint. Trying to put into words what they are feeling can be difficult. All of this leads to the word “dizziness” being nearly useless as a one-word description. To properly care for patients with dizziness, care providers need to be able to differentiate the types of symptoms — vertigo, disequilibrium (unsteadiness, imbalance), near syncope (lightheadedness), central dizziness and nonspecific dizziness — especially reported dizziness in older adults. Differentiate among the types of dizziness. Describe age-related and pathologic causes of dizziness in older adults. Outline the essential elements in the assessment of patients with dizziness and in the implementation of interventions, including rationales.

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Expires 11/21/15

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Home Safety for Seniors

Home Safety for Seniors- If you’re worried about the safety of your older adult clients at home, it could be for good reason. Falls are among the leading causes of injury and death at home. Simple home modifications can reduce accidents for older adults living at home. Molly Carpenter will outline the many ways eldercare professionals can help educate families about safeguarding older adults living at home. Also detailed will be a home safety checklist and affordable home fixes. 
1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists 
Free until 10/12/15
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Hospice & Palliative Care

hospiceSupporting Families through Hospice and Palliative Care 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 web seminar will provide eldercare professionals resources and strategies 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 9/8/15

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Recovering From Long Lie Times After A Fall

senior_fallsComplications Resulting from Long Lie Times After a Fall - Falls in older adults have become an epidemic problem that jeopardizes seniors’ chances to live independently. Every year in the U.S., one out of three people age 65 and over will fall. Close to 50 percent of older adults can’t get up from a fall without help. Lying on the floor for an extended period of time can lead to serious complications including pressure ulcers, rhabdomyolysis, pneumonia, hypothermia, dehydration, and even death. The first line of defense in falls safety is to prevent falls, but the reality is not all falls can be prevented. The second line of defense is to prevent long lie times after the fall which can lead to these serious health complications which negatively impact the quality of life for seniors and are costly to the healthcare system. This presentation describes the complications that can result from long lie times after a fall. A healthcare professional will be able to use the information in their conversation with older adults to help them understand the importance of having a plan to get up safely after a fall and to have a way to call for quick assistance. 1.Discuss the statistics on the incidence and prevalence of falls and their impact on seniors. 2. Review the physiologic changes of aging that predispose an older adult to falls. 3. Identify screening tools for falls history and risk identification. 4. Discuss the serious health consequences than can result from long lie times after a fall. 5. Explain the benefits of preventing long lie times for older adults and their caregivers. 6. Discuss the role of health care professionals and organizations in falls prevention and preventing long lie times.

1.5  Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists

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The Role of Timing in the Brain

brain and computer chipIntroduction to Clinical Application of IM- This informative presentation will challenge you to think about the effectiveness & efficiency of the services you provide to your patients and students. There are numerous peer-reviewed clinical studies that clarify the role of timing in the brain (or what is referred to as temporal processing) to a wide array of human cognitive & motor abilities in both children and adults, including attention/concentration, working memory, executive functions (planning, organizing, self-evaluating, self-control), cognitive processing and speed, speech production and auditory processing, language, reading, learning, and motor control/coordination. You will learn the importance of addressing underlying deficits in timing & rhythm to improve neural efficiency in order to accelerate and exceed expected outcomes. The Interactive Metronome is a patented intervention that improves timing in the brain & body. An overview of the clinical application of Interactive Metronome relevant to a variety of allied health and educational disciplines will be discussed.

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Interactive Metronome

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.

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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

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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
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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.
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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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