Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 24 | SUMMER 2017 |

From the Director

Skills for 'first responders'

New CADER Program Will Train Members
Of the Clergy in Aging and Mental Health

By Bronwyn Keefe

The need to link older adults with mental health services is great—and often unmet. The reason is that too few of those who are in a position to help have the necessary skills. Over the past ten years, CADER has successfully trained thousands of aging-services professionals in the skills required to identify and address older adults' mental (or 'behavioral') health concerns. Now, members of the clergy will receive similar training through a new program CADER is developing across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, funded by the Department of Public Health.

'First responders.' Like those who work in aging services, members of the clergy are often the first to be confronted with an older adult's mental health concern. The clergy report heavy demands to provide help with mental health issues, but many say they feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped for the task. Most members of the clergy are not trained in aging, and, like many aging-services providers, are not trained in behavioral health. Without training, mental health issues go unrecognized, undiagnosed, and untreated. Members of the clergy have the position and the inclination to respond. Now they will have the skills.... Read more about The CADER Clergy Behavioral Health in Aging Program.

Boston University photo of Bronwyn Keefe, interim director of CADER

CADER Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate

With CADER's Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate Program, social workers and other health and social service providers develop the skills they need to understand, identify, and respond to older adults who have cognitive and behavioral health concerns in any practice setting. The program is flexible, with online and face-to-face courses. Topics include dementia, depression, suicide prevention, and substance use and abuse. Visit the CADER website for more information or to sign up (use code ENEWS2017 for a 10 percent discount).

Issues and Views

Readers' Question Time

What Are You Reading This Summer?

If summer has its joys, reading is certainly one of them. That's why every year at this time we ask a group from the fields of aging and disability what they've been reading and why. This year, Erlene Rosowsky, of William James College and Harvard University; Dawn Carr, of Florida State University; and Dave Baldridge, of the International Association for Indigenous Aging, recommended titles for enjoyment and illumination. Here's what they said.

Photos courtesy Erlene Rosowsky (left), Dawn Carr (middle)
Photo of Dave Baldridge (right) by Heather Hogabaum

In my opinion

People in Aging Services Need Training
About Clients' Religiousness and Spirituality

By Susan H. McFadden

Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D., is a professor emerita of psychology at the University of Wisconsin. She has written numerous books and articles on religion, spirituality, and emotion in later life and the implications for practice with older adults. The core of her work has been bringing together researchers and practitioners around these topics.

For very practical reasons, just as members of the clergy will benefit from training in aging and mental health, as Bronwyn Keefe writes in this issue, people in aging-services professions must be able to talk about religiousness and spirituality. They must recognize that many of our clients locate the most profound sources of coping strength in their faith. We can see that faith as a resource and, in some cases, as a burden. But, for good or ill, it is a significant part of many people's lives.... Read more

Photo courtesy Susan McFadden

Notable News and Resources

'Action Alert' from AAHD

People with Disabilities Would Lose Big
With GOP Health Care Act and Trump Budget

People with disabilities are among those with the most to lose under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) now making its way through Congress and the cuts to Medicaid contained in President Donald Trump's new budget proposals. The version of the AHCA passed by the House of Representatives calls for more than $800 billion in Medicaid reductions. The Trump budget would slash another $610 billion. In response, the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) has issued an 'Action Alert' that details what individuals, families, and service providers can do to raise awareness of these threats and preserve vital services. Read more for easy-to-use resources for action.

Older adults and medications

National Institute on Aging Offers Easy-to-Follow
Prescription for Safety and Effectiveness

Just Ask. The answers to a few simple questions can go a long way toward ensuring that an older adult will gain the most benefit from prescribed medications and avoid dangerous errors and adverse effects. A list of questions to ask the doctor or pharmacist before starting a new medication is part of a plan from the National Institute on Aging at NIH to increase safety and effectiveness of medication use for older adults.... Read more

Courses and Certificate Programs

High-Quality Online Training Available for
The Aging and Disability Workforce

Expand your skill set and knowledge by earning CEUs or Certificates from Boston University's Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER). For over 10 years, CADER has worked with individuals and agencies across the country providing high-quality, cost-effective, self-paced online certificate programs and courses. For a list of available programs, and information, read more.

* individual courses * certificate programs * CEUs * programs for organizations *