While the elderly are, in many respects, no different than their younger counterparts, there are dynamics in the aging process in Western culture that create subtle issues that are easily overlooked. Frequently, elderly patients are just written off as old and/or senile because neither caregiver nor elder recognize the deeper causes of the problems. Figuring out the root of aging patientsī odd behavior and the reasons they act the way they do is a crucial factor in changing the environment within nursing homes, assisted living facilities and even hospital and home-care settings. Recognition of these issues and properly addressing them improves the efficacy of treatment.
In this one-day seminar, Dr. Nygard will discuss common issues and possible psychiatric syndromes in the elderly patient. He will stress how important it is to differentiate between stress, anxiety and pure feelings of loss. Cognitive rehabilitation for dementia will be covered as well as alternative models for long-term care, such as the Eden Alternative and Green Houses. Participants will leave this seminar with the knowledge they need to immediately incorporate better treatment and understanding of their elderly patients.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Discuss the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in the elderly
- Identify how to recognize causes of depression and anxiety in aging patients and give them tools for making a life worth living
- Recognize elderly patientsī sense of multiple losses and assist them in restructuring their world
- Explore specific issues for hospital, hospice and long-term care environments
- Discuss the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in the elderly
- Outline the subtle signs of depression and how it differs from dementia
- Differentiate general anxiety from agitation and dealing with loss
- Recognize the elderly patientīs sense of loss by acknowledging a preoccupation with the past
- Examine the patientīs willingness for death and how the loss of meaning and opportunities can lead to depression
- Outline several alternative models for elder care and how they can positively affect elderly patients
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
N. KORTNER NYGARD, PhD, is licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 40 years of experience. He currently is the owner and president of GeroPsych, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee. His company provides evaluations, referrals and psychotherapy to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They also provide consulting services on culture change within nursing homes and assisted living communities. Dr. Nygard is also the vice president of New Senior Concepts, an innovative assisted living facility founded to demonstrate the advantages of a more aggressive rehabilitation approach, sensitivity to cultural factors as well as re-examining staff and residentsī assumptions about aging. He received his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1974, his Masterīs of Psychology from San Francisco State University in 1966 and
his Bachelorīs of Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964. Dr. Nygard has been certified as an Eden Alternative Educator and an Eden Mentor. He is the founder and chair of the Tennessee Eden Alternative Coalition. His diverse skills and knowledgeable background make Dr. Nygard a unique and expert instructor.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Social Workers
- Care and Rehabilitation
- Supervisors and Practitioners
- Case Managers
- Activity Professionals
- Home Health Care Personnel
- Nursing Home Personnel
- Assisted Living Personnel
Cross Country Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to
sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cross Country Education
maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6
CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for
psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on
the APA guidelines.
Cross Country Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP)
and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.
(NBCC Provider #5904) The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the
program. Six (6) contact (clock) hours are being awarded for completion of this
This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification
for 6 clock hours of continuing education.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education
by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American
Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider #044013109,
this course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing,
approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing,
provider #50-466. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider #CEP 13345, for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education provider #1005, is approved as a provider for social
work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Licensure Boards (ASWB),
through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (approved through
1-27-09). Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for the program.
Social workers will receive 6 continuing education clock hours for participating
in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state
jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for
licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at www.aswb.org for more information.
Cross Country Education is a registered social worker continuing education
sponsor approved through the State of Illinois Department of Professional
Regulation (license # 159-000976). This program is offered for six (6) contact
hours of continuing education for social workers. Licensed social workers in
other states should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the
current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.
Cross Country Education is a registered counselor continuing education sponsor
approved through the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
(license # 197-000144). This program is offered for six (6) contact hours of
continuing education for counselors. Licensed counselors in other states should
contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing
education requirements for licensure renewal.
This course has been submitted for approval of 6 hours of continuing education
Cross Country Education is a Preferred Provider of professional continuing
education with the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care
Administrators (NAB) and has approved this program for the number of clock hours
listed under their sponsor agreement with NAB/NCERS. State licensure boards,
however, have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses.
This seminar qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many
national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save
your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or
organization for specific filing requirements.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME
Seminar Check-In: 7:30 AM; Seminar 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM