Webinars are free and open to the public. You do not need to be an ASA member to attend.
Part of the Empowering Professionals in Aging series. Presented by Home Instead, an Honor Company.
Untreated mental health disorders at any age can have negative impacts, but particularly for older adults, it can lead to social isolation, placement in long-term care facilities, and even suicide. There are also a variety of factors that can impact an older adults’ emotional health such as major life transitions and loss of independence. Professionals in the aging sector play a vital role in helping older clients and families to recognize signs that an individual is in need of mental and emotional health support. Such professionals also help connect them to resources for evaluation and appropriate treatments. Join this webinar to learn more about mental and emotional health in later years and how to best support someone with mental health needs and their caregivers.
Participants in this webinar will be able to:
- Describe the prevalence of mental and emotional health issues among older adults
- Understand the types of mental health issues most common in later years
- Review the current state of the industry and what mental health resources are available to older adults
- Learn the warning signs of mental distress and suicide
- Discover tools and resources to support aging individuals and caregivers
Lakelyn Eichenberger, PhD, is a gerontologist and caregiver advocate at Home Instead. She educates professionals in aging, families and communities on the unique challenges that older adults face and the resources available to help them thrive. Hogan has worked in the private and public sectors of senior care services and has spoken at national and international conferences on caregiving and aging, plus serves as a resource to the media. She is a board member of the National Alliance for Caregiving, board chair for the Dreamweaver Foundation and vice chair of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Dementia Care Provider Roundtable.
April Ibarra, MGS, is a dynamic leader with more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and aging. She is the strategic accounts manager at Home Instead Senior Care and supports the organization’s mission through collaborating and creating partnerships that develop impactful relationships for the Home Instead Network. Ibarra is a certified Aging in Place Specialist, a Geriatric Care Manager and a passionate champion for older adults and those who care for them.