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  Audio  CE  Behavioral Management and Psychosocial Interventions
Date:   9/5/2012Time:   1:15 PM EDT-2:45 PM EDTUnderstanding behaviors is one of the most difficult issues when taking care of older adults with mental health issues. This program will discuss the causes of behavioral problems in older adults in the context of medical illness, psychiatric disease and environmental and institutional effects. Specific behavioral interventions will be presented as well as the importance of supporting staff working closely with families.
Program Objectives:
  • Discuss the causes of behavioral problems in older adults: psychiatric illness, delirium, personality "styles", environmental issues and institutionalization.
  • Explain the importance of behavioral and psychosocial interventions in interacting with older adults.
  • Recognize behaviors as a means of communication.
  • Evaluate and utilize community resources available for older adults with behavioral health problems.
Linda Shumaker, RN-BC, MA
  Linda Shumaker is a registered nurse who is a private consultant as well as currently serving as Outreach Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition. She has previously been employed as the Executive Director of the Coalition where she advocated for funding and received over $325,000 to outreach and educate older adults regarding behavioral health issues. She also has worked at the Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. Ms. Shumaker has extensive clinical experience working in community mental health, geriatric assessment teams and in long-term care. In addition, she has been an instructor of psychiatry at the Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, co-chair and founding member of the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Aging Coalition. She has served as a member of the Older Adult Committee of Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning Council and a member of the Long Term Care Subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Alzheimer's Association and the Advisory Board for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Ms. Shumaker's "special interests" include ethical and social policy issues in relation to the care of the elderly with behavioral health problems.

Linda Shumaker has disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal or professional financial relationships.
Registrations are welcome and accepted up until the program’s scheduled date.
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