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Caring for Elderly People

ADL - Academy for Distance Learning

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Tipologie Vocational qualification
Methodologie Fernunterricht
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Learn how to care for elderly people and improve your counselling skills. The course material covers international standards of care.

Understand how to counsel the elderly and those suffering from dementia and other diseases.

This online course can be studied at home via correspondence, online or CD-Rom.

Learn what happens to a person's state of mind as they age

Discover ways in which a counselor, carer or anyone else might interact with and support an older person

Expand your knowledge and skills for professional development; or to better help those around you.

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Was lernen Sie in diesem Kurs?

Mental Health
Decision Making
Communication Skills
Old age
Skills and Training


As a person gets older things change in their life - everything from lifestyle to health and their capacity to do things, through to those activities which they choose to pursue.

Ageing is the gradual, biological impairment of usual functioning. These changes have a direct impact on the ability of organs such as the heart, kidney and lungs and biological systems such as the reproductive and digestive systems, which affect the person as a whole.

What we mean by “old” has also changed over recent years. Due to medical advances, improved hygiene and sanitation, people tend to live longer. Our life expectancy is the average number of years of life remaining at a given age. It is the average expected life span of an individual. Our life expectancy is dependent on the country we live in, our health and so on. For example, in countries with high infant mortality rates, the life expectancy will be different than in countries where the infant mortality rate is lower.

This Course is Taught By:
Iona Lister

Her Background: Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

She has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. As a freelance writer, she contributes articles for magazines, has written four published books, and has written course material on coaching and counselling related fields.

Lesson Structure: Aged Care and Counseling BPS212

There are 9 lessons:

Understanding Ageing
What do we mean by Ageing? Population Ageing,
The Effects of the Ageing Population,
Theories of Human Development, Erikson’s Theory of Development,
Theories of Retirement,
Disengagement Theory,
Activity Theory,
Atchley’s Model of Retirement
Lifestyle Changes
Relationships with Children,
Relationships with Partners (Husband/wife),
Relationships with Grandchildren,
Friendships, Sexuality and Older People,
Cognitive Changes,
Determining Type of Depression,
Unipolar Disorder, Bipolar Disorder,
Causes of Depression,
Risk factors for Depression,
Men and Depression,
Depression in Older People,
Deterioration of Health
Physical Changes Skin,
Hair, Height,
Sex, Eyes,Chronic Health Problems,
Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, etc.
Exercise, Diet, Nutrition, Eating habits, etc.
Pain relief, Medication, Stress.
Support Services
Preventative Services,
Occupational Therapists,
Complimentary Practitioners,
Counseling Professionals,
Other Support Services (eg. Meals on Wheels, Funeral Services)
Enablement Techniques
Common Risks for Elderly: Risk of Falling, Vision, Hearing, Nutrition, Sexuality.
Techniques to maintain Quality of Life: Driving a car, banking, shopping, house cleaning, Gardening, Socialising, Pets, Exercise, Sport
Grief and Loss Counseling
What is grief,
Psychological aspects of Long Term Grief:
Family, Work, Financial, Loneliness, Morality after bereavement,
Counselors Response and Intervention,
Practical Intervention, Depression
Debilitating and Terminal Illness
Kinds of Dementia (Alzheimer's, Vascular Dementia);
Strategies for Counseling the Demented Client;
Communication, Daily Activities, Sleeping Difficulties, Hallucinations and Delusions, Wandering, Depression, Terminal Illness: Patients Response, Anxiety, Depression, Guilt & Anger, Defense Mechanisms.
Preparing for Approaching Death; Practical Preparations, Emotional Responses, Responses of Friends and Family
Losing a Loved One
Importance of Loss,
Role of the Deceased,
Death of a Child,
Stigmatised Death,
Counseling Strategies: Bibliotherapy, Use of Rituals, Bereavement Support Groups.
Special Therapeutic Situations: Traumatic, Sudden, and Stigmatised Loss, Ongoing Support, Social Stigmas of Suicide
Ethics and Intervention
Barriers to Aged Care Counseling,
Addressing the Client€™s Needs,
COMMON LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN AGED CARE: Decision Making Capacity, Competence, Informed Consent, Confidentiality, Euthanasia, etc

Learning Goals: Aged Care and Counseling BPS212

To discuss theories of aging, and to develop an understanding of the different stages of human development.
To describe the psychological impact of changes which occur as a person reaches old age
To understand the effect of physical health problems on older people.
Describe the nature and scope of support services, including counseling, for the elderly.
Describe a range of solutions that can enable an elderly person to adapt to changed circumstances in order to continue performing tasks or pursuing interests that are becoming increasingly difficult for them.
Explain how a variety of counseling techniques can be applied to specific Grief and loss situations for counseling elderly persons.
Develop a strategy for counseling an elderly person who has been diagnosed with a debilitating or terminal illness.
Develop a strategy for counseling an elderly person who has lost a loved one.
Determine when and how to intervene in the life of an elderly person

This course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name (post-nominals).

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Counselling, Social Work,