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Certificate Description

The concepts of alternative, holistic, and integrative medicine have their roots in various healing traditions that have been around for thousands of years. Yet, this philosophy is receiving much attention today due to the changing health care climate, a growing need for a “different” health care system, and a recognition of the benefits of combing the external, physical, and technologic successes of medicine with the internal, nonphysical exploration of healing. This Certificate Program has been endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association.

Certificate Purpose

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to gerontology and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, death and dying, elder abuse, healthy aging, mental health, sleep disorders, and pain management.

Courses Included

Introduction to Gerontology

  • Contact Hours: 2.40

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.24

Opportunities are unlimited for the individual who knows the field of gerontology. Demographic changes and changes in health care have influenced the development of a variety of gerontologic roles. This course will provide a broad overview of the field of gerontology and discuss the characteristics of older adults, the sociology of aging, theories of aging, stereotypes and ageism, physiological and psychological changes of aging, mental health, wellness and aging, and complementary and alternative health care methods that may benefit the older adult.

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Physiology of Aging

  • Contact Hours: 2.40

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.24

There are more older adults in the United States than ever before in history, making this segment one of the fastest-growing portions of the population. The appropriate care of older adults requires health care providers to have a solid understanding of the physiologic changes that accompany aging. This course explores aging, reviews the theories of aging, and examine the physical changes in body systems associated with aging.

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Mental Health and Aging

  • Contact Hours: 2.00

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.20

This course will provide health care professionals with an overview of mental health and aging, including mental health wellness strategies, mental health disorders, cultural competence, cultural diversity, complementary and alternative medicine treatments, animal-assisted therapy and mental health, mental health resources, and trends in mental health and aging. This course describes the most commonly occurring mental health problems experienced by older adults and important factors related to mental health promotion and wellness.

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Healthy Aging

  • Contact Hours: 2.10

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.21

This course is designed to introduce the health professional to a broad, conceptually integrated perspective on the topic of healthy aging. This course discusses healthy aging as it relates to cultural similarities and differences, complementary and alternative medicine, nutritional concerns, physical activity, fall prevention, sleep issues, sexuality concerns, social activities, and spirituality.

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Pain Assessment and Management in the Older Adult

  • Contact Hours: 2.20

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.22

Pain is a symptom that signals distress in virtually every population and every age. To provide quality care to aging adults, health care providers must be particularly skilled at assessing pain, understanding misconceptions of pain management, addressing cultural issues in pain management, and providing effective pain therapies. This course provides an overview of pain and its effective management, including cultural considerations and pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management techniques.

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Death and Dying

  • Contact Hours: 1.50

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.15

What is grief? What are normal grief responses? What is involved in the final life transition—death? These are some of the questions that will be discussed in this course. The role of culture, palliative and hospice care, advance directives, and the role of spirituality in death and dying will be described. Interactions, healing strategies, and rituals that use the senses and bring comfort and peace for the dying will also be explored.

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Sleep and Aging

  • Contact Hours: 2.10

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.21

Sleep is essential to a healthy, productive life. While sleep disorders and changes affect all of us as we age, older adults undergo many sleep-related changes that can affect their physical and psychological well-being. This course presents a review of the normal stages of sleep, describes common sleep measurement tools, discusses sleep characteristics, identifies the changes that affect the quality and quantity of sleep as an individual ages, and identifies methods the health care provider can use to assess and assist clients with sleep changes as they age.

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The Older Woman

  • Contact Hours: 2.10

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.21

America is growing older and most older Americans are women. Today’s older woman is part of a diverse group that varies in income, education level, health, functional abilities, living arrangements, and access to support services. Because women live longer than men, they face unique economic, social, and health challenges. This course provides an overview of demographic trends related to the older woman and examines key challenges faced by aging women.

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Elder Abuse

  • Contact Hours: 2.10

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.21

Older adults today are vibrant, independent, living longer, and in better health than their ancestors. However, as this growing population increases, so does the issue of caring for elderly individuals. Caregivers must often cope with stressful economic and personal burdens when caring for the elderly who pay the price for this stress and may be abused, exploited, or neglected.

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Aging and Disorders of Communication

  • Contact Hours: 2.10

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.21

Communication links all human beings together. As individuals age, their ability to perceive information through their senses is often distorted or impaired. Age-related sensory changes impact the quality of life and the quality of communication.

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Mysteries and Possibilities

  • Contact Hours: 4.00

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.40

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a condition in which the concept of loss is central – the loss of one’s memories, independence, the ability to recognize loved ones, and the loss of dignity. Often referred to as “the long goodbye,” AD is the most common type of dementia, affecting approximately millions of Americans. It is responsible for billions of dollars annually in health care costs. However, new research is providing hope for those with Alzheimer’s disease as well as for their families and caregivers.

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Certificate Objectives

Upon completion you will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe aging and disorders of communication.
  2. Discuss the symptoms, treatment, and caregiver issues of Alzheimer’s Disease.
  3. Identify the psychological, physical, and spiritual aspects of death and dying.
  4. Examine healing strategies that can assist in the spiritual care of the dying.
  5. Describe the causes and types of elder abuse and action steps to prevent elder abuse.
  6. Describe healthy aging as it relates to cultural similarities and differences, complementary and alternative medicine, nutritional concerns, physical activity, fall prevention, sleep issues, sexuality concerns, social activities, and spirituality.
  7. Discuss the grieving process and grief reactions.
  8. Describe elements for working with and caring for aging adults.
  9. Identify the most commonly occurring mental health issues and factors related to mental health wellness.
  10. Examine the theories of aging and the physical changes in body systems associated with aging.
  11. Describe the normal stages of sleep, sleep characteristics, sleep disorders, and the changes that affect the quality and quantity of sleep.
  12. Examine key challenges faced by aging women, including economic concerns, care giving, housing and living arrangements, and special health and lifestyle concerns.

Topics

  • Advance Practice
  • Behavioral Health
  • Brain Health
  • Cardiology
  • Case Management
  • Community Health
  • Complementary and Alternative Health
  • Diabetes
  • Education
  • Gerontology
  • Healing Environments
  • Holistic Health
  • Home Health
  • Hospice
  • Integrative Health
  • Long-Term Care
  • Med/Surg
  • Meditation
  • Men’s Health
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Social Work
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Wellness
  • Women's Health

Professions

  • Acupuncture
  • Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Education
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Other
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Social Work

Accreditation

American Board of Managed Care Nursing - The American Board of Managed Care Nursing recognizes all of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions' ANCC accredited courses for continuing education credit for Certified Managed Care Nurses (CMCNs).

ANCC—American Nurses Credentialing Center - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AOTA—American Occupational Therapy Association - American Occupational Therapy Association

California Board of Registered Nurses - Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 14693 for the number of hours stated.

California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section - The California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section accepts continuing education offered by CA-BRN approved providers.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE BROKER after successful completion.

Florida Board of Massage Therapy - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Florida Board of Nursing - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of nursing (CE Provider # 50-12076). Courses are automatically submitted to CE Broker.

Florida Board of Nursing — Certified Nursing Assistants - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Board of Respiratory Care - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

NAADAC—The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors - ALLEGRA Learning is an approved provider with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) (Provider #813).

State Accreditation

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for continuing education in...

  • All States
  • Texas
  • Cost: $150.00

  • Contact Hours: 25.00

  • AOTA CEUs: 2.50

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