Online Class: Aging and Long Term Care 101

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

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Course Description

Embrace the Golden Age: Understanding and Thriving in an Aging America

The demographic landscape of America is undergoing a profound shift. Gone are the days when individuals in their mid-50s to 60s would recede into the quietude of retirement. Today, a robust workforce of seniors is redefining age norms, bringing with them unparalleled experience and wisdom.

Our comprehensive course offers an enlightening exploration into the intricate facets of aging in the 21st century. Dive into the nuances of the aging process, understand potential health risks, and uncover strategies for maintaining well-being across the golden years, whether you're 65 or gracefully embracing 105.

Course Highlights:

  1. Respecting and Understanding Seniors: Move beyond ageist stereotypes and myths surrounding the aging brain. Learn to appreciate the depth of experience, insights, and perspectives that seniors bring to the table.
  2. Navigating Health and Wellness: Decode the secrets to sustaining optimal health throughout the aging process, and gain insights into potential risks and ways to mitigate them.
  3. Understanding Long-Term Care: Dive deep into the diverse range of long-term care options available. Get acquainted with various payment methodologies and the intricacies of the CLASS Act, a federal initiative aimed at supporting long-term care.
  4. Self-care and Avoiding Caregiver Burnout: Discover essential techniques to ensure your well-being while compassionately caring for aging parents, spouses, or loved ones.
  5. The Potential Human Lifespan: Challenge the conventional wisdom surrounding human lifespan. It's not just 85 or 95—unravel the exciting scientific discoveries that shed light on the true potential of human longevity.
  6. Opportunities in Aging Services: For those aspiring to make a difference in the realm of aging services, learn about the plethora of rewarding career opportunities awaiting you in this booming sector.

Join us in this transformative journey. Whether you're approaching your senior years, caring for an elderly loved one, or considering a fulfilling career in aging services, this course promises not only to educate but to inspire a reimagined and optimistic perspective on what it truly means to embrace the "new old age."

Course Motivation

The Aging and Long-Term Care industry (ALTC), 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 new precedent.

Unfortunately, the funds to pay for all of these aging boomers' needs are not assured by any means. With an overwhelming shortage of loved ones to care for family elders, with long-term care insurance unaffordable for average Americans, and so few eligible for Medicaid (only lower income seniors qualify), this giant swath of older Baby Boomers might find options and services limited, at best. Inadequate and inconsistent regulatory processes, elder abuse, poor quality of care, and lack of coordination among ancillary services for the aged -- all plague the industry.

Yet research on aging and disease, pain management, and  products to help seniors look and feel younger, pervade our media, literature, movies, and will be the cultural impetus for thousands of new inventions, industries, and research to mend the aging bodies that refuse to sit this one out.

Insurance reforms, engagement of volunteers, and a new kind of non-profit will be needed to care for this valuable asset -- an energized and healthy (if they make healthy choices) older American. 

That said, cases of illness and disease will multiply with the booming senior population. Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, addiction, depression, social alienation -- and a new workforce must be there to assist the weak, the ill, and terminally ill in our American family. At the same time, leaders in the industry, and healthy seniors, continue to show the huge difference that healthy choices domake in preventing disease and extending longevity, enabling seniors to thrive into their 90s and beyond.

Despite weighty challenges,  ALTC can, and should, seize upon scientific breakthroughs and new models to take this industry to new heights: A human lifespan of 120, people living to 100 as common as 85 once was, brain cells that replenish with use -- contrary to old assertions --all bode well for ALTC.

With medical and conceptual advances will come a new phenomenon: seniors as the largest consumer group in America, with significant political and economic clout, something never before seen in U.S. history. Their power will open doors for them to apply creative and precedent-setting solutions to problems of older Americans and ALTC.

The collective senior population must grab the brass ring, using their one-of-a-kind wisdom and experience, to be part of the solution -- to develop solutions, not only for the elderly and related industries -- but for future generations beset with crime, resource depletion, wars, and economies on the brink.

Course Objectives

At completion of this course, you will:

1. Have a grasp of the challenges in ALTC, and new prototypes emerging to meet the requirement of a much more diverse and larger market segment of seniors.

2. Have an understanding of existing types of ALTC, and evolving new types of services and settings for long-term care that are just beginning to emerge -- which represent aging services and long-term living options capable of fulfilling the demands of the marketplace.

3. Be familiar with the psychology of aging, normal cognitive changes, the latest findings on the brain's resiliency, keys to a satisfying aging experience and how to keep the mind sharp, and proactive steps to reduce the likelihood of depression, Alzheimer's, and dementia.

4. Learn the meaning of a "healthy lifestyle,commonalities of the clusters of centenarians across the globe, physical effects and biological processes of aging, what is and is not a normal part of aging, prevalent diseases and illnesses, and recommendations to avoid or manage them.

5. Understand the problems with quality in ALTC, and what can be done to improve quality -- such as a more centralized and consistent oversight delivery system, the urgent need for more staff, a desirable work environment to quell the relentless turnover, and government's involvement in assuring a pool of talent will be forthcoming to care for and train those who care for our elderly.

6. Be aware of the decrease in available family members to care for their elders, and how to fill that role when family cannot, options for juggling elder care with work and the demands of daily living, caring for yourself as caregiver to avoid burnout, and guilt regarding an aging spouse or parent.

7. Have knowledge of the rights of seniors: the need to protect them from abuse, neglect and exploitation (which is widespread); the role of ombudsmen to investigate and redress violations; and the federal legislation that grants seniors rights.

8. Understand essential legal matters of seniors, including legalities of death and dying, wills, powers of attorney, and legal terminology essential for seniors, their loved ones, and those who work in ALTC.

9. Become aware of the fundamental role of social involvement and emotional connection for seniors -- how it prevents disease, and how old age can be cause for joy and delight versus fear and despair.

10. Know the methods of paying for care: insurance and government funding, and one's own savings; the looming funding crunch with increased need for ALTC; how to keep insurance costs down, and the costs of the levels and types of care, based upon the number of activities of daily living one cannot manage on one's own.

11. Be able to obtain further resources for jobs and careers in ALTC, successful family elder care, managing your own senior years to best advantage, and government sites covering hundreds of links on ALTC, and all aspects of aging.

The number of citizens over age 85 will actually decrease from 2010 to 2030; however, in 2030, a very significant increase will begin, and by 2050 the 85+ segment will be upwards of 25 percent of the U.S. population.

Can we build enough nursing homes and retirement communities for them all? Or is that even the desired solution? In 2011, 90 percent of seniors indicate they want to stay in their homes as they age. Already 30 percent of seniors in the U.S. live alone.

The boomers will have a hand in building systems to meet their own and their fellow seniors' needs -- to fit their actively aging lives, since they are the power brokers in business, politics, government, education, and non-profits. Instead of nursing homes, the trend will be "aging in place" -- finding ways to age at home safely, with needed care, equipment, gadgets, and designs built in to compensate for physical -- and even cognitive -- limitations of seniors.

There is cause for concern, but also for optimism, about the potential to refashion ALTC to deliver the quantity and quality of services needed by the next graduating class from the school of life.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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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. Additional lesson topics: Adult day care 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Aging and Long Term Care; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: National Institute of Mental Health 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Biological Therapies for Cancer; Physical Activity and Aging 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: About Long-Term Care 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Caring for the Caregiver 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Caregiver
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Improving Emotional Health; Longevity and Control 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Longevity
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

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

Course Review 49 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: What is your opinion of this course?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

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.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Aging and Long Term Care 101
Course Number: 8900162
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (744 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: January 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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