Aging Matters provides in-service training to support and enhance the work of staff at senior
facilities, including direct caregiving staff, other clinicians, and administrative staff (as indicated). We offer training on a wide range of topics and we use a variety of creative
training methods to cater to different learning styles. We also offer some of these workshops, with suitable modification,
as public education discussions for facility residents and their families.
The range of issues covered by our in-service training workshops span four broad categories:
- psychiatric symptoms & syndromes
- psychosocial treatment approaches
Senior Life Issues - e.g., aging and loss, ageism, bereavement and grieving, change and life transitions, chronic illness, coping with
limitations, daily care rituals (ADLs), death and dying, family concerns/demands, forgetting (what's normal?),
gender issues in aging, long-term care placement, sexuality in aging, spirituality and aging, sustaining social connections,
terminal illness, wisdom in aging, etc.
Psychiatric Symptoms & Syndromes -
e.g., adjustment reactions, assaultive
behaviors, agitation/intrusiveness, Alzheimer's, anxiety, chronic mental illness, demanding/needy behaviors, dementia, depression,
disorganization, eating problems, memory/cognitive deficits, paranoia, personality disorders, psychosis, sexual inappropriateness,
sleep problems, social withdrawal, substance abuse, suicidality, sundowning syndrome, threatening behaviors, traumatic brain injury, wandering, etc.
Psychosocial Treatment Approaches - e.g., anger management, behavioral management, cognitive remediation, creative programming, crisis management,
emotional attunement, family engagement in care, non-verbal communication, pain management, palliative care, person-centered
care, physical restraint alternatives, positive reinforcement, problem-solving, socialization engagement, stress reduction,
suicide risk assessment, therapeutic activities, therapeutic use of emotions, etc.
Staff Development - e.g.,
burnout and work-life balance, care-giving versus care-taking, coping with difficult clients and challenging behaviors,
communication skills, conflict handling skills, constructive feedback, embracing diversity, inter-disciplinary collaboration,
inter-generational connection, leadership skills, stress management, team building, etc.
Interactive Methods: experiential exercises, role-playing scenarios, facilitated peer exchanges, follow-up support groups,
Didactic Methods: brief, engaging presentations,
question & answer exchanges, structured group discussions (with both small & large group formats)
Training Materials: slides/overheads, flip charts, handouts, props
for exercises, visual diagrams, videos/DVDs, self and group assessment