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The graying of America means a cultural shift. Now there's a workforce of seniors who decades ago would have been retired at age 55 to 65.

This course describes the aging process, risks to senior's health, and how to stay healthy no matter if you are 65 or 105. 

You will gain understanding of and respect for seniors, and explode some myths about the aging brain.

Types of long-term care will be defined as well as payment methods and the CLASS Act federal funding plan. 

You will also learn to protect yourself from burnout when caring for aging parents or your spouse.

You will discover the potential life span for a human is not 85, or 95--find out exactly what it is.  You will be challenged if you are a senior, and you will gain an optimistic outlook on what it means to be in this "new old age."
If you seek a career in aging services you'll be encouraged by the fabulous opportunities awaiting you.
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: The "New Old" Generation in Aging and Long Term-Care: Challenges & Reasons for Optimism

The aging and long-term care industry is at an epochal moment, with an unspoken mandate to accommodate a larger proportion of seniors than ever before. Baby Boomers are the "new old," and their version of active aging sets a precedent. 15 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Aging and Long Term Care
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Types of Care and Services for Seniors

A crisis is brewing: The dearth of available living spaces and services for seniors will only increase without drastic changes in the ALTC industry. 13 Total Points
  • Review Article: Adult Day Care
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: The Psychology of Aging

Seniors normally experience many beneficial mental and emotional changes with aging, as well as some inconvenient or annoying changes. This lesson will discuss the findings of several scientific analyses of seniors' changing brain functions. 8 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Physical Health: Unique Needs and Challenges for Seniors

Taking care of your body and managing stress are crucial for seniors to continue to thrive. Whether a senior is 55 or 80, he or she can make changes that can turn around poor health, aches and pains, and propensity for disease. 9 Total Points
  • Review Article: Aging and Physical Activity
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: ALTC Challenges in Maintaining Quality Care and Services: Naming the Problems, Exploring Solutions

Current oversight systems are spread out, and out of touch with one another: some federal, some state, some local, some nonexistent. Regulation of service providers runs the gamut - from none, to a little, to ineffective micromanaging. 10 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Volunteer Caregivers - Issues for Family and Others Who Donate Elder Care

This generation's major challenge is how to assist aging relatives, and also hold down full time jobs, take care of their own families, and themselves. 9 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Caring for the Caregiver; Elder Care
  • Take Poll: Caregiver
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: The Rights of Elders and Consumers of ALTC Services

Seniors are at risk, similar to children, of rights violations and abuse. Some people may be unaware that seniors have specific rights pertaining to care in nursing homes, their own homes, and other living facilities. 11 Total Points
  • Review Article: Consumer Rights
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Legal Matters of the Aged and Terminally Ill

When a senior becomes too ill to make his or her own health, financial, and business decisions, stress will be greatly reduced if arrangements have been made regarding who will take over these decisions. 8 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Paying for Aging and Long-Term Care

Insurance, out of pocket, and government funding (Medicaid, Medicare). This lesson will help you understand your options and eligibility. What will it cost? 8 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: The Social Imperative - Invaluable Social Ties Lead to Healthy Aging and Longevity

This lesson will discuss the scientific research into factors leading to longevity. 9 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Improving Emotional Health; Longevity and Control
  • Take Poll: Longevity
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Course Review and Resources for More information on Aging and Long-Term Care

Course Review 49 Total Points
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Aging and Long Term Care 101
Course Number: 8900162
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cheryl Reinerio, RN, BC, MSN
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define challenges and describe reasons for optimism in aging and long term care.
  • Describe types of care and services for seniors.
  • Describe the psychology of aging.
  • Know physical health - unique needs and challenges for seniors.
  • Identify the challenges in maintaining quality care and services.
  • Describe volunteer care givers - issues for family and others who donate elder care.
  • Know the rights of elders and consumers of aging and long term care.
  • Recognize legal matters of the aged and terminally ill.
  • Describe paying for aging and long term care.
  • Recognize the invaluable social ties that lead to healthy aging and longevity, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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