Information on healthy aging will become ever more important for mental healthcare professionals as we see the ‘graying of America’ and age-related demographics continue to shift upwards.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) February 04, 2014
HealthForumOnline (HFO), an online provider of nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, CA-BBS) continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other allied healthcare professionals announces updates to the online course “Fundamentals of Healthy Aging: A Biopsychosocial Perspective.”
Within the next several decades, people older than age 65 will outnumber children for the first time in recorded history. Dr. Michelle Rodoletz, the co-founder of HFO and Director of the Continuing Education Program notes that, “information on healthy aging will become ever more important for mental healthcare professionals as we see the ‘graying of America’ and age-related demographics continue to shift upwards.” Research on healthy aging suggests that it involves multiple dimensions that extend beyond longevity, spanning physical and emotional health, cognitive functioning, and social and productive engagement. Importantly, chronic disease and disability do not necessarily exclude older people from healthy aging.
Accordingly, health practitioners will need to have a fundamental understanding of the biological, psychological, and social theories of aging. Further, familiarity with theory- and evidence-based interventions that address modifiable factors in aging, in order to lengthen the “healthspan” of aging persons, will be vital for healthcare providers. This newly updated online CE course reviews the definition, determinants, and mechanisms of healthy aging. Current theories of healthy aging are discussed, along with the biological, psychological, and social processes involved in maintaining a high degree of functioning and well-being in later life. Finally, evidence-based interventions to promote healthy behaviors in older people are described, as well as how these interventions have been adapted for institutional care settings.
HFO’s online CE courses focus on the biopsychosocial approach to health, with many topics from the field of health psychology and behavioral medicine. This emphasis dovetails beautifully with the educational needs of those working with an older and/or geriatric population who understand that an interdisciplinary approach is key. Further, HFO understands how necessary it is for those in eldercare to have fast, convenient and cost-effective resources for state-of the-science education.
In addition to online CE courses related to aging and geropsychology, health professionals can chose from HFO’s other 21 categories of topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine (i.e., ethics, cancer adaptation, women’s health, cultural diversity, eating disorders, reproduction/sexuality, pediatric behavioral medicine, assessment, chemical dependency, chronic/acute illness, clinical intervention, group therapy, infectious disease, long-term care, neuropsychology, pain management, spirituality) containing over 90 courses available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs.
Psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other allied health professionals can log on and complete CE courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere they have Internet access. CE certificates can be downloaded, printed and reprinted at any time to meet licensure needs. Additionally, HFO notifies customers when their purchased course has been updated and enables them to review these updates online for free even after they have completed the CE activity and generated their CE certificate. In this way, mental health professionals make a true investment in their continuing education when they purchase an online course from HFO.
HealthForumOnline (HFO) is approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. HFO’s CE Program’s Advisory Committee and authors are comprised of over 65 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.