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provided by Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition

February 2018 NEWSLETTER


Upcoming Trainings from PBHAC

CEU's offered at most PBHAC Trainings

Deadline Approaching Soon
Managing Challenging Behaviors

In this training, the deterministic process of challenging behaviors will be discussed; specifically, why the behavior is occurring via identifying one's emotions, thoughts and triggers. In addition, this training will identify and discuss, in specific detail, then essential emotions, behavioral interventions, emotional needs and three case studies.

Lebanon County 2/26/2018

Ageless Grace
Partial Scholarships Available

Ageless Grace is a cutting-edge brain fitness program based on neuroplasticity that activates all 5 functions of the brain - analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall, creativity and imagination. Become an Ageless Grace Educator. This is a two day training for CNA’s, PT/OT/SLT’s, LPC’s, Social Workers, Activity Directors, Recreational Therapists, Fitness Professionals, Caregivers, and Family Members who work with seniors at senior centers, nursing homes, recreational facilities, one-on-one, etc. The program consists of 21 simple exercise Tools designed for all ages and abilities. These exercises, based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind.  The movements are designed to be performed seated in a chair. Almost anyone can do them, regardless of most physical conditions. Read More.

Register Today!
April 24 & April 25, 2018
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Johnstown
1440 Scalp Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15904

Will be offering discounted group rates for rooms at the Holiday Inn Express. See registration page.

Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist
This training will prepare current Certified Peer Specialists to utilize existing experience, skills and training to work with Older Adults living with behavioral health disorders. Training will include an understanding of mental health and co-occurring issues as they relate to aging issues. Peers will increase their level of expertise and gain specialized techniques that support Older Adults. Scholarships will be available.

Lebanon County - 3/12 - 3/14/2018

Compassionate Touch
Designed to ease physical, behavioral and emotional stress, this holistic, evidence- informed, practical and pro-active approach provides symptom relief and comfort resulting in greater well-being and quality of life. And with a focus on empowering care-partners, it emphasizes giving both professional and family caregivers a way to connect with calm and comfort. Please bring a pillow and dress casual. This is an interactive experience and you will be paired up. 

Compassionate Touch® –

Is Feasible. It uses existing resources • No need for additional personnel or equipment. • Compassionate Touch® is easy for staff to learn • Practicality ensures sustainability

Is Effective. Decreases patient stress and anxiety • Eases pain • Promotes sleep • Builds trust in caregivers • Increases feelings of safety and well-being • Provides a non-pharmacological prevention strategy for delirium

Encourages Family Engagement as an active member of the care team • Provides a means for family to calm, comfort and support their loved one • Enhances the patient/family experience

Facilitates staff satisfaction • Mutually beneficial, reducing caregiver stress • Builds stronger bond between caregiver and patient • Aligns with nursing values of individualized care, maintaining quality interpersonal relationships and supporting patient autonomy

Strengthens marketability with a program for community outreach • Compassionate Touch® certification tangibly demonstrates commitment to innovative geriatric care

Clearfield County - 3/30/2018
Dauphin County - 5/21/2018 - Registration Opening in March

Dementia Live
Have You Participated in Our Unique Simulation Experience?Answering the Need: 
Dementia Live™ is a hands-on experience in which care partners learn first-hand what it’s like to be living with dementia, delirium or other cognitive impairments. Dementia Live serves as a powerful training tool for patient-centered care programs.

Is Effective: Learn outcomes to improve communication and care processes • Decreases resident stress and anxiety • Improves communication skills and empower care givers builds trust with residents effective as a non-pharmacological approach to behavioral expression

Encourages Family Engagement as an active member of the care team • Provides a means for family to calm, comfort and support their loved one • Enhances the patient/family experience

Facilitates staff satisfaction • Mutually beneficial, reducing caregiver stress • Build stronger bond between caregiver and resident • Aligns with nursing values of individualized care, maintaining quality interpersonal relationships and resident autonomy

Butler County - 3/13/2018
Philadelphia County - 3/27/2018
Lycoming County - 4/18/2018 
Franklin County 5/1/2018 - Registration Opening in March
Indiana County - 5/24/2018 - Registration Opening in March
Greene County - 5/31/2018 - Registration Opening in March

If your agency, organization or retirement community would like to host a Dementia Live (DL) simulation training, OR if your agency would like to become a Certified DL Provider where your key staff can become "Coaches" and train others within your organization,  please contact Deborah Allen at deborah@olderpa.org

Newly Developed Training
Evidence-based Strategies for Helping Older Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury
This training will provide a brief introduction to evidence-based treatments for rehabilitative care for those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury; an in-depth look at utilizing applied behavior analysis as a treatment methodology for those with TBI; and participants will gain an understanding of the principles of behavioral science and how to apply these principles to treatment.

Cumberland County - 3/22/2018
Adams County - 4/11/2018

Ignite - Sparks for Today's Dementia Care
This 2.5 hour interactive training includes a session in "Flashback Evoking Memories", which is an interactive activity that evokes memories from the past. " Compassionate Touch", which practices skilled touch that prevents behavioral expression. Lastly, it includes a drive through version of  "Dementia Live"This powerful training will transform staff with practical tools to improve communications, respond to behavioral expression, relieve caregiver stress, and engage residents in meaningful activities. The “SPARKS” utilized in this workshop take you on a journey of self-discovery and skill development, culminating in an operational plan for integration into your organization. Be prepared to be out of your seat and receive fresh, new ideas to engage your residents/individuals you work with! This training is non-stop and very engaging!

York County - 3/1/2018
Philadelphia County - 3/8/2018
Centre County - 3/16/2018
Luzerne County - 4/10/2018 

Issues of Substance Use and Medication Misuse in Older Adults 
Did you know that older adults can overdose on their medications due to the large amount of drugs that they take on a daily basis. This training will provide understanding of the complex problem that exist and how you can identify "substance use" prevention, screening, intervention, and treatment models that work with this age group.

Philadelphia County - 5/3/2018- Registration Opening in March

Oxycontin and Alcohol: A Deadly Cocktail for Older Adults
Older adult opioid addiction, often complicated with alcohol, has skyrocketed; yet prolonged opioid use exacerbates chronic pain. Quality of life and saving lives are at issue when we explore holistic treatment of addiction, chronic pain management, and personal recovery growth. The training informs its topic with the stunning facts and generational, evidence-based treatment approaches that include ways in which older adults engage in their own treatment, chronic pain management and recovery.

Lackawanna County - 3/6/2018 
Westmoreland County - 3/20/18 
Northumberland County - 4/24/2018
Philadelphia County - 4/26/2018

Strategies for Successful Aging

The PA Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition (PBHAC), Alzheimer’s Association, and CC Donelan from Brain Health Partners in Massachusetts are presenting the Memory Preservation Nutrition® (MPN ™) program as part of Strategies for Successful Aging!

Concerned about your brain? Do you work with people who are aging or have a family member with Alzheimer disease? Whether you are 25 or 85, you can make a difference today for those you care for or yourself. Learn about the latest research and the evidence based program that can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and improve your brain and overall body health. The Memory Preservation Nutrition® (MPN™) program is based on 6 strategies that are easy to follow principles you can do at home. You will learn about foods that are rich in antioxidants, high in omega 3s, helpful in reducing LDL cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and anti-inflammatory. Also included in this training is an interactive Ageless Grace training. Sit in your chair and do these fun chair exercises to assist with improving cognitive impairments. Lastly, staff from the Alzheimer's Association will be speaking about Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body and tips from the latest research. To learn more, and to register, please visit www.olderpa.org

Cumberland County - 3/19/2018 
Centre County - 3/21/2018 
Luzerne County - 3/23/2018
Erie County - 4/4/2018 
Allegheny County - 4/5/2018 

Trauma Informed Care
One of most popular trainings has four locations from which to choose. As a participant you will leave this training with a working knowledge of TIC and will be able to apply your new skills and knowledge immediately upon returning to your field. In this training you will gain an understanding of the prevalence of trauma. Pick your venue and date for this educational training on this hot topic!

Perry County - 3/5/2018
Adams County - 3/9/2018 
Lackawanna County - 4/19/2018
Schuylkill County - 4/26/2018

Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) -This is an evidence-based training

WISE is a wellness and prevention program targeting older adults, which is designed to help them celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse.  Taking place one a week for six weeks, (2  hour time period each week), this training provides valuable educational services to older adults on topics including medication misuse and management, stress management, depression, and substance abuse. WISE promotes health through education concerning high-risk behaviors in older adults.

For more  information on WISE, CLICK HERE.

Below are agencies and senior centers that will be participating in the WISE trainings. If your senior center or agency would like to participate in this six-week evidence-based training, please contact Deborah Allen for details at deborah@olderpa.org.

Meadville Center - 5/2-6/6/2018 hosted by Active Aging and Wesbury 
New Bloomfield Senior Center - 4/12-5/17/2018 hosted by Perry County Area Agency on Aging
Coatsville Senior Center -  5/8- 6/12/2018 

PBHAC Board Member Retires from Center in the Park
After 15 years as Executive Director at Center in the Park, PBHAC's Board of Trustee member, Lynn Fields Harris, will be retiring from her "day job", effective June 29, 2018. Lynn, along with her caring and competent staff has established the Center's reputation as the "go to" center in the Philadelphia area through strong focus on customer service. As they enter into their golden anniversary and into the next 50 years, Lynn feels confident in saying , "that I have utilized my skills and talents to build on the Center's already established legacy and through my leadership have helped to move it to its next phase which has been its recognition nationally as a model of health and wellness center, brimming with evidence-based health promotion offerings and engaging older adults in determining how to best promote healthy aging and fostering community connections, as the mission states." 

We wish Lynn all the best in her next opportunity of pursuing her interests.

Lynn will continue to serve as Treasurer on the PBHAC's board until the end of May 2018.

Thank You for Your Support
PBHAC would like to thank the agencies below who have collaborated with us to offer our trainings throughout the state. Thank you for your kindness and allowing us to access your facilities.

Cross Keys Village
SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Kelly Drive 

Become a Volunteer Today for PBHAC
Please consider volunteering, and help promote PBHAC's mission. PBHAC will be needing assistance with conference exhibiting as well as senior/health fairs/expos, etc. within the Harrisburg area and surrounding counties. Please contact deborah@olderpa.org for additional information on how you can become a PBHAC volunteer.  We would love to hear from you!

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Previous copies of PBHAC’s Newsletters are available on the website at www.olderpa.org/newsletter



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The state’s senior population is growing at a rate 20 times faster than Pennsylvania’s overall population. By 2025, more than one in five Pennsylvania residents will be 65 or older, according to population projections from the U.S. Census and the Pennsylvania State Data Center, while the numbers of people below the traditional retirement age decreases. 
The demographic shift raises the question: Who will pay the bills? 
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Living an independent lifestyle is important to many of us as we age, no matter your age, or where you live. Here are a few tips to help you stay comfortable, safe, and healthy this month and throughout the year. 

  • Take advantage of technology
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Did You Know? Customized Behavioral Health and Aging Training is Available

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