Course: Caregiving for Aging Parents: Your Stress & Quality of Life

Caregiving for Aging Parents: Your Stress & Quality of Life

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About this Course

This course focuses on the basic questions about caregiving to older adults. You will learn facts about the 65 and over population. This product is organized with Content, Objective tests, and Exercises that place you in the position of a caregiver. Animated Engagement scenarios featuring the Ayudar family illustrate the central theme of each module.

  • Distinguish between myths and facts of older adults
  • Define successful aging
  • Identify physical health issues in aging
  • Identify mental health and cognitive concerns in aging
  • Negotiate a balance between work and caregiving
  • Construct a balance between caregiver stress and rewards
  • Arrange for professional assessments and caregiver resources
  • Identify family issues involved in consumer-directed and community-directed care
  • Identify legal and financial planning concerns
  • Explore different living arrangements

Take this course if you desire a systematic introduction to the caregiving responsibility. Over 34.2 million adult American provide unpaid care to an adult 50 or older for an economic value north of $237 billion.

If you are a caregiver, you are not alone. This course will provide you with the information you need to know the resources available to you and your care recipient. Also, learn about the health concerns that you should be concerned about as your care recipient ages. If you are interested in gerontology, this course will get you up to date on the latest statistics and projections concerning elder care in the United States. If you are aging, you will find the outline of a road map for successful aging including social, mental, and physical exercise.

Who this course is for:

  • You SHOULD take this course if you are feeling unprepared for the caregiving responsibility.
  • You SHOULD take this course if you are curious about the statistics and organizations providing caregiving information and support.
  • You SHOULD take this course if you want to be a better informed caregiver.
  • You should NOT take this course if you need specific meditation and stress management techniques.
  • You should NOT take this course if you need something more than being pointed to resources (e.g. Filing Advanced Directives, etc.)
Basic knowledge
  • No additional software is needed.
  • Students should have a curiosity about gerontology and elder care.
  • Students who have caregiving responsibilities or who have friends in elder health care will find stories to be similar to their experiences.
What you will learn
  • Distinguish between myths and facts of older adults
  • Define successful aging
  • Identify physical health issues in aging
  • Identify mental health and cognitive concerns in aging
  • Negotiate a balance between work and caregiving
  • Construct a balance between caregiver stress and rewards
  • Arrange for professional assessments and caregiver resources
  • Identify family issues involved in consumer-directed and community-directed care
  • Identify legal and financial planning concerns
  • Explore different living arrangements 
Number of Lectures: 21
Total Duration: 01:16:41
Course Introduction
  • Course Introduction  

    Describes the content and skills the student will be able to practice by the end of the training. Overview of this course presenting 10 primary lectures punctuated with animated vignettes, evaluated with quizzes, expounding on four core competencies. Identify the elements of the training including true-false questions, quizzes, and vignette videos illustrating common caregiving challenges for families, especially sandwich generation caregivers.

  • V01: Jillian and Daughter Penny Discuss Grandma Rachael's Party  

    Jillian and Penny discuss a trip to the grandparents' house for a birthday party. Penny is concerned because grandma and grandpa are getting older. What does this mean for her mother?

  • Myths & Facts as an Introduction  

    Elder caregiving is an unpaid occupation in American society. Increasing your ability to distinguish between many of the myths and facts of elder caregiving is important. In addition to separating the facts from the myths, see if you can note useful resources for aging information. 

Define Successful Aging
  • V02: Jillian Can't Find Her Earring  

    Jillian confides in her husband Peter. She has some questions about her aging, and her duties to her aging parents. Peter brings up another concern that she had not considered, living arrangements.  

  • Defining Successful Aging  

    As people age, it is important to distinguish between normal aging and problems associated with disease. Knowledge is power. More information supports greater success in aging. Research has advanced a definition of successful aging. Find out what activities can stimulate, challenge, and involve your relative or care recipient. 

Sandwich Concerns: Employment, Stress Versus Reward, and Professional Help
  • V03: At the Party, Jillian Has Something to Say  
  • Identifying Family Issues In Consumer-directed and Community-directed Care  

    Planning for care may look different from family to family. Every family has to decide whether to engage in consumer-directed care or community-directed care. The structure and involvement of the family, awareness and cognition of the care recipient, and community factors may impact the decision. 

  • V04: Julian Asks for Work Accommodations  

    Julian negotiates with his employer to rework his work schedule. He finds that his boss has his own caregiving story.

  • Negotiate A Balance Between Work And Caregiving  

    An increasing percentage of the workforce is actively involved in caring for a relative or friend over 50 years of age. According to a survey by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, 60% of caregivers also worked while providing care. Many struggle with the competing demands of work and family responsibilities. Sixty-two percent (61%) of caregivers surveyed reported asking a supervisors, coworkers, or management for accommodation related to care giving responsibilities. Accommodations are more prevalent among caregivers working full-time. 

  • V05: Exhausted, Jillian Gets Surprise from Husband Peter  

    Peter returns home to find that Jillian has has a rough day. Scheduling can be an important skill ensuring that you get the balance you need in a busy day of caregiving. 

  • Constructing A Balance Between Caregiver Stress and Rewards  

    A study by AARP and the National Alliance of Caregivers in 1997 concluded that a high

    percentage of caregivers use positive words to describe their feelings about care giving. Balance between caregiver stress and rewards may include reciprocity training in order to develop a system of recognized contribution from caregiver to care recipient and from care recipient to caregiver. Balance may also include support services provided within the community. 

  • V06: Jillian Receives a Check-In Call From Brother Julian  

    Brother and Sister discuss having someone come in to assess and assist with care of mom and dad. Realizing that your community has resources can be an important part of caregiving.  

  • Arranging For Professional Assessments and Caregiver Resources  

    Professional assessments can be important to efficient utilization of caregiver resources. A positive relationship with a professional can not only help to reduce stress, but it can be a gateway to a number of community resources. The Area Agencies on Aging is a starting point to connect with professionals and community resources. 

  • Quiz - Sandwich Concerns  
Physical and Mental Health: Expected Declines and Concerns in Aging
  • V08: Jillian Can't Get Mom to Come to the Door  

    Jillian discovers that Mom may not be hearing as well as she used to. Even though this is an expected result of older age, Jillian wants to know how best to approach the discussion.  

  • Identifying Physical Health Issues in Aging  

    As your relative ages, you will want to become more aware of what is called “normal aging.” There will be physical changes in later years, such as decreases in energy level, strength, and agility. In some cases, physical changes are due to nutrition. Some older adults will experience sensory impairment such as vision and hearing problems as a normal result of aging. The caregiver needs to be particularly alert to sensory impairments because they can lead to falls or other challenges to wellbeing. Medication management is also an important physical health consideration in older age. Careful observation of the care recipient and any changes in mood, balance, appetite, or pain may indicate a need for medical attention. Special attention should be given to the self-report of the care recipient. Complaints should not automatically be attributed to old age. 

  • V09: Julian Helps Dad Find His Tools  

    Julian notices that Dad has started forgetting where he puts things. Julian is concerned and wonders how much he can help not knowing how to assess the situation.  

  • Identifying Mental Health & Cognitive Concerns in Aging  

    Mental health and cognitive concerns in aging are just as important and possibly related to physical outcomes for the aged. Though depression affects a portion of Americans 65 and older each year, it often goes undetected. Memory is an important cognitive concern in older age. It is important to realize that decreased memory does not necessarily indicate Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disease. 

  • Quiz - Physical and Mental Health  
Types of Directed Care, Legal and Financial Planning, Living Arrangements
  • V07: Julian Schedules a Meeting with the Home Health Social Worker  

    Cynthia, the social worker, arrives to meet with Julian's parents. Julian is present as well and very impressed with the professional services worker.

  • Exploring Different Living Arrangements  

    Independent, semi-independent, and dependent adults have various living arrangement options. Living arrangements become even more important when you consider that older adults spend 20% or less outside the home. When considering the various housing options, remember that the arrangements you choose will affect the older adult’s happiness, health, mobility, and social life. Care recipients should ideally be involved in the planning and decision making. 

  • V10: Penny Receives a Thank You From Mom  

    The family decides that Julian will move back home. Penny is thanked for the impetus she provided to get mom Jillian thinking and acting on caregiving plans.

  • Identifying Legal and Financial Planning Concerns  

    Caregivers should make sure care recipients have well-thought-out life-planning arrangements that may include selecting a lawyer, drafting power of attorney, managing joint bank accounts, or composing living wills. Typically, medical decisions are made by older person’s doctors, unless a living will has been written and signed. Advanced planning can go a long way toward securing the legacy of the care recipient if the worst happens. 

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