Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    • 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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Location

Anchorage Senior Activity Center
1300 E 19th Avenue
Anchorage
AK
99501
United States

Cost Range

$50.00

Host and Instructor

Host: Rural AKHealth Professions Foundation/AKTraining Cooperative
Instructor: Betsy Chivers, 907-264-6233, betsy@alaskachd.org

Credits

Contact Hours: 8.00

Description

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Older Adults is designed to address the specific mental health and substance disorders common in the aging population. By 2030, adults over the age of 65 will account for nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population. In older adults, symptoms such as apathy, sleep disturbances and appetite changes can be attributed to physical health conditions, dementias or even as a normal part of the aging process.



This is an 8-hour certification course. Often a spouse, partner or family member does the majority of caregiving of older adults. As a direct service provider or caregiver, the training can help in the recognition of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or gestures, as well as the role that substance abuse plays in the mental health of a loved one over 65.

As a caregiver, the training can help in the recognition of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or gestures, as well as the role that substance abuse plays in the mental health of a loved one. The MHFA training will also teach caregivers the techniques necessary to support a person experiencing a mental health crisis and give them the knowledge of how to get help during the crisis.

Registration Information. Must register in advance and attend entire course to receive 3-year certification.