Understanding and Meeting the Needs of the Elderly

3.25 CEUs

This program is designed to look at behavior problems as symptoms of external or internal unmet needs of the elderly, instead of behaviors that must be changed to meet caregivers’ needs. Many older persons experience mental, emotional, and behavioral problems. One of the major problem is that they are often not diagnosed or treated. Some of the reasons for this is a false belief that mental symptoms are a part of the normal aging process, that these symptoms are not treatable or curable – a reflection of ageism – or because older people themselves are reluctant to admit their needs and to seek treatment and care from mental health professionals because of the stigma about mental illness.

 Course Objectives:

  • Identify the first area of cognition that is usually affected with aging.
  • List three S/S of dementia
  • Identify three signs or symptoms of reservible dementia in the elderly.
  • List three common behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • List three common signs or symptoms of late life depression.
  • Define “personality disorder” and identify a stressor that often makes it worse.
  • List three interventions to use when caring for persons who are paranoid.
  • Identify three interventions to use for persons with obsessive-compulsive behavior.
  • List three interventions to use when caring for residents with passive-dependent behavior.
  • Explain three factors that should be identified when obtaining a psychosocial history from a person with behavioral symptoms.
  • List three signs or symptoms that may indicate an unmet spiritual need.
  • List three questions that should be asked in order to identify a possible cause of a problem behavior.
  • Briefly explain how behavioral problems can be reduced or eliminated when care is individualized.
  • Identify three important areas that should be evaluated when assessing the external environment as related to behavioral symptoms.
  • Identify three factors to evaluate in each area.
  • Explain who must be involved when exploring the benefits and burdens of proposed interventions.
  • Describe two interventions that may decrease or eliminate wandering behaviors.
  • List three interventions to use when caring for persons with disruptive or physically aggressive behavior.
  • Identify one important communication guideline to follow when delivering and receiving a message.
  • Describe how agenda behavior can express an unmet need.

Course Approvals:

  • NAB: This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 3.25 clock hours.
  • California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (LVN):#V-10621
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Approval #: LTS -A1138 (Resident Care)

About the Instructor

Gisela Koufus, Rn, C.B.S., M.A. is an Author whose educational writing specialty is in Geriatrics. She has written and copyrighted over Thirty Educational Courses in Geriatrics specifically for the education of Long-term Care Administrators and Licensed Nurses. Ms. Koufus has also authored over 170 educational modules on the Geriatric population and are used nationwide to train Certified Nursing Assistants.
Ms. Koufus has been an approved Provider of CE programs for Licensed Nurses and Nursing Home Administrators by BRN and NHA and developed and offered CE Modules for Nursing Assistants to be used by Directors of Staff Development in Long Term Care Facilities throughout the United States and continues to work in this arena.