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CEU's offered at most PBHAC Trainings

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Compassion Fatigue

This training will use a mix of lecture, individual and small group activities, as well as video to assist caregivers in coping with what they can encounter when compassion fatigue sets into their daily lives. Compassion fatigue is characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time, resulting from a combination of burnout and secondary traumatic stress related to vicarious traumatization from repeated exposure to traumatic material.

York County - 1/26/2018 

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 - tentative dates  3/20 - 3/22/2018

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. 

Dauphin County - 5/21/2018 - Registration Opening in March 
Coming to Clearfield County in Spring 2018

Dementia Live
Have you ever been through our Dementia Live Simulation Experience? Dementia Live™ is experiential learning that simulates cognitive and sensory impairment, giving participants a real-life simulation of what it must be like to live with dementia. Try it!

Philadelphia County - 3/27/2018  
Lycoming County - 4/18/2018 - Registration Opening in February
Franklin County 5/1/2018 - Registration Opening in March
Indiana County - 5/24/2018 - Registration Opening in March
Luzerne County - Spring 2018  

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

This 2 hour interactive training includes a session in "Flashback Evoking Memories", which is an interactive card 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. 

York County - 3/1/2018
Luzerne - 4/10/2018 Registration opening in February
Coming in Spring 2018 to Centre and Huntingdon Counties

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

Coming in Spring 2018 to Philadelphia County

Strategies for Successful Aging
In partnership with The Alzheimers's Association, PBHAC is flying in renowned expect CC Donelan from Massachusetts to speak about Healthy Eating Memory Nutrition and Lifestyle Programming. 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, Tips from the latest research.

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 

Traumatic Brain Injury
This training will give a brief introduction to a few 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
Coming to Centre County in Spring 2018

Trauma Informed Care

Several TIC trainings are being offered that can assist in identifying examples of trauma experiences or events. 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  

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 - 1/10-2/14/2018 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 -  5/1- 6/5/2018 

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.

Giant Food Store - Linglestown Road, St. Anne's Retirement Community, The Harbor, and UPMC Pinnacle Health Family Care of Newport 

PBHAC appreciates the opportunity to work with Partnership for Better Health in 2017, and looks forward to continuing our collaboration in 2018.

PBHAC is grateful for partnering with Staunton Farm Foundation in 2017. With their help, we provided "Trauma Informed Care" trainings in the western part of the state this fall.

PBHAC is excited to have received funding from the Community Foundation of Greene County and the Franklin County Foundation. PBHAC will be bringing the Dementia Live Experience this spring to First Responders and Crisis Professionals in Greene County. Thank you to PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources for assisting us with a venue this June. On May 1, PBHAC will also be offering DL to all mental health professionals and community residents in Franklin County.  Thank you to our friends at Menno Haven in Chambersburg who will be hosting this event.

PBHAC Loves Volunteers
If you would like to become a volunteer and assist PBHAC with exhibiting at events/health fairs or conferences, or help the staff with trainings, such as Dementia Live, please contact anne@olderpa.org.  We would love to hear from you.


Gov. Wolf Sign PACE/PACENET Update Legislation

It happens every legislative session: the state’s pharmaceutical assistance programs have to have their eligibility guidelines tweaked to ensure currently eligible seniors don’t become ineligible due to a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) from Social Security.

In December, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law the most-recent piece of legislation to address that situation – House Bill 425 (now Act 62 of 2017) - the COLA moratorium would be extended through Dec. 31, 2019 for the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) and Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET) programs.

According to the state Department of Aging, about 300,000 Pennsylvania seniors benefit from the two programs, with approximately 12,000 of them in need of the COLA moratorium to maintain their eligibility. Governor Wolf stated,  “This important bill excludes Social Security cost of living increases from the income limits of both programs so that seniors will continue to have access to their important medications.”

Legislation to Regulate Recovery Homes
Governor Tom Wolf has signed Senate Bill 446 to give the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) regulatory authority to license or certify recovery homes that receive public funds or referrals from state, county, or federal agencies. “It is a priority of my administration to do all it can to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic,” Governor Wolf said. “Recovering from the disease of addiction is not an easy task and it’s our job to ensure that recovery homes, where residents should feel safe and protected, are adhering to the highest standards so residents have peace of mind to focus on getting well.” Learn More.


Family and Professional Caregivers More Alike Than Different

Most of us who are family caregivers know that while there's often a sense of fulfillment when we provide care for our loved ones, there's also a significant threat of emotional and physical burnout.

What about professional caregivers? How different are they from family caregivers in their ability to provide quality care while protecting themselves from burnout?

Can professional caregivers go home after their often extended shifts and leave their work behind? Or do they, like family caregivers, carry the life and death issues of these vulnerable elders who are a large part of their lives with them even after they leave the facility? Learn More.

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

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Currently, more than
3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.

Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Learn more.



7 Tips for Reducing Stress as a Social Worker

1. Understand what aspect of your job is the most stressful for you

2. Find a way to manage your triggers

3. Get some support

4. Learn to switch off at the end of the day

5. Have some time to yourself

6. Practice healthy habits

7. Exercise

Learn More

Did You Know? Customized Behavioral Health and Aging Training is Available

Below is a link to the training topics we offer through the Coalition. Click here regarding what trainings PBHAC has to offer.

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