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Gerontology Training for Professionals. An effective and efficient staff has never been more essential given the challenging economic times combined with the dramatic increase in population aging. Training on various issues of aging is available to professionals to enhance their ability to work with older adults and their families. Each session provides theory, best practices, and applied techniques using a prevention and health promotion framework. Workshops are appropriate for health professionals and human service providers who serve older adults and families. Each workshop has been approved for continuing education credits from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Caregiver Coaching Service. This service offers increased knowledge and support to family caregivers who are creating an eldercare plan, dealing with an impending eldercare transition, or are in the midst of an eldercare crisis. Services are provided by a masters-prepared gerontologist on a fee-for-service basis, and include telephone or in-person consultation and support, identification of options and thinking through the ramification of various options, targeted research, referrals to local and long distance resources, and facilitation of family meetings.

Education for Family Caregivers. Educational programs for families on various issues of aging can be sponsored by a housing facility, hospital, senior center, AARP chapter or club. Topics for family caregiver programs vary widely. Possible formats include a one-time lecture or discussion group, a book group series or an ongoing support group. Consultation is also available to community-based groups who are informally assisting in the care of a family member, friend or neighbor who is suffering from a chronic illness. Sample topics include: Learning to Speak Alzheimer's, Brain Fitness: Staying Sharp Beyond Crossword Puzzles, Family Conversations With Older Drivers, Managing Across the Miles, Long Distance Caregiving, Emotional Dynamics and Legal Issues in Grandfamilies, The Influence of Aging on Family Dynamics. (Note: This is not an exhaustive list.