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Understanding Difficult Behaviors in Older Adults Webinar brought to you by the PA Behavioral Health & Aging Coalition

Understanding behaviors can be one of the most important aspects of care for older individuals. This presentation will discuss the potential causes of “problem” behaviors including regressive symptoms of psychiatric disease, dementia, depression and anxiety. Environmental causes and institutional effects will be emphasized. Specific behavioral interventions will be presented.

  • Describe the behavioral manifestations of “psychiatric” disease.
  • Understand that difficult behaviors may be caused by unmet “physical needs”.
  • Appreciate the impact of the environment on the behaviors of the individuals.
  • Recognize behaviors as a means of communication.
  • Understand the importance of psychosocial interventions as an integral part of care of older adults.

Cost: This is a FREE webinar.

There are NO CEUs available for this training.

Certificates of Attendance will be available.

Ms. Linda Shumaker, RN-BC, MA, is a registered nurse currently serving as Outreach Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition. She has extensive clinical experience working in community mental health, geriatric assessment teams and long-term care. In addition, she has been an instructor of psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. She has served as a founding member and former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, as a member of the Older Adult Committee of Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning Council, and as a member of the Long Term Care Subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee.