America is aging at a rapid rate with 10,000 people in the U.S. turning 65 every day. Medicare is expected to include 80 million enrollees by 2040. The vast majority of this growing population will likely face multiple losses - spouse, partner, independence, identity - and complex medical care needs. How can mental health professionals, healthcare providers, clergy, bereavement counselors, and the wider community support the growing number of aging Americans through their losses and healthcare challenges in later life? Aging America panelists will integrate their expertise to deliver an in-depth discussion on innovative programs and new approaches to support older adults.
Delores D. Tarver, Ph.D.
Dr. Tarver is currently a licensed psychologist at Columbus
Psychological Associates. She provides individual and couples' therapy and psychological testing (academic, cognitive, career, personality) to adults ages 18+. Dr. Tarver received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the Xavier University of Louisiana and a Masters of Arts and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has fulfilled many roles, including serving as a lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Athens Technical College, and Argosy University Online. Specialties include racial and ethnic diversity, LGB, anxiety, depression, ADHD, adjustment/transitions, grief, career, behavioral training for severe mental illness, and trauma.
Describe both strengths and challenges that older persons face as they deal with loss in later life. Describe the ways that loss and grief may affect the health of older persons. Discuss constraints to older persons' utilization of support groups and counseling and assess strategies to encourage the use of appropriate services. Describe factors that may complicate advance care planning and end of life decisions in older persons.
7:45 - 8:15 am
Check - in
8:15 - 8:20 am
Announcements Cathy Pearson, RN, CHPN Education Coordinator
8:20 - 8:25 am
Welcome Donna Morgan CEO, Columbus Hospice
8:25 - 8:30 am
Introduction Cathy Pearson
8:30 - 10:00 am
Part 1: Ethical Guidelines Related to Understanding the Dynamics of Mental Illness and Suicide
10:00 - 10:15 am
10:15 - 11:30 am
Part II: Ethical Considerations for Grieving After a Loss
11:30 - 11:45 am
11:45 - 12:30 pm
Part III: The Ethics of Promoting and Maintaining Self-Care
12:30 - 12:45 pm
Know Your Resources
12:45 - 1:00 pm
Loss in Later Life
Dying in Later Life
3.5 hours Nursing Home Admininstrator 4.2 Hours ABNP
3.5 Hours Ethics GSCSW
3.5 Hours Ethics LPCA-GA
4.0 Hours Certificate of Attendance
2.5 hours of CE credit “HFA approved”
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