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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

Offered by Flex CEUs

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

Managing Older Adults Following Traumatic Brain Injury Related to Falls

Fall-Related Brain Injury in Older Adults: Focus on Prevention- Discuss the prevalence and incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) secondary to falls in older adults. Describe the impact of fall-related TBIs on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality. Describe age-related changes that increase risk for falls/TBI in older adults. Describe the types of traumatic brain injuries that may occur secondary to a fall. Identify common fall related risk factors. Describe methods of identifying signs/symptoms related to TBI. Discuss evidence-based interventions in managing older adults following TBI.

1.0 Free Contact Hrs for Occupational Therapists

The Aging Process- A Crash Course

The Aging Process: A Crash Course for Professional Caregivers-
Define health, aging and quality of life.
List common chronic health conditions.
List changes in the 5 senses.
Discuss psychosocial changes in later life.
Understand healthy aging.

1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Expires 9/6/15

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