“Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults”

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Date(s) - 06/29/2020
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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June 29, 2020 Webinar 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time

Behavioral health issues in the older adult are involved and complicated.  This webinar is an overview  of behavioral health issues specific to late life; depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, delirium and dementia. Assessment of the clinical symptoms and needed differentiation will be reviewed.  Specific assessment and behavioral treatment interventions will be emphasized.

This 2 ½ hour webinar is directed to all individuals working with older adults in the community.  It will be offered on Monday, June 29, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern time.

Due to the Covid-19 Optimize Aging Summer prices for Registration has been decreased. The cost is $35.00 Registration fee; if you are requesting contact hours, the cost is an additional $25.00.

Registration is at the bottom of this page!


  • Discuss the behavioral manifestations of psychiatric disease specific to later life.
  • Describe the “behavioral” symptoms of the individual suffering from depression, anxiety, delirium and the neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia.
  • Describe the prevalence of substance use disorders in older adults including opioid use disorders.
  • Critique common screening instruments and treatment approaches for older adults with depression, dementia and substance use disorders.
  • Critique the medical limitations in treating the “neuropsychiatric” symptoms of dementia.
  • Identify the common interventions that may be used with individuals who are having behavior problems including communication skills, behavioral management and psychosocial interventions.
  • Discuss evidenced-based practices for behavioral health issues in older adults. 


1:00 – 1:15 PM Review of Behavioral Health Issues specific to late life – Under identified and Undertreated

1:15 – 2:00 PM  Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults – Depression and Anxiety

  • Assessment Scales
  • Implications for suicide in older adults
  • Interventions

2:00 – 2:30 PM Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults

  • Demographics and Generational Differences
  • Illicit Drugs and Medication Misuse
  • Alcohol
  • Assessment and Interventions

2:30 – 3:00 Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults – Delirium

  • Assessment
  • Interventions

3:00 – 3:15 Neuropsychiatric or Psychological and Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia

  • Assessment
  • Interventions
    • Limitations of Medical Interventions
    • Psychosocial and Behavioral Interventions

3:15 – 3:30 Conclusions and Evaluations

Continuing Education Credit has been approved  for 2.5 continuing education credits through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

National Academy of Certified Care Managers:

Application has been approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) for 2 ½  continuing education contact hours.

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators:

2.5 Contact hours have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for  approval for Personal Care Home Administrators.

ALL educational programs will be taught by Linda Shumaker, RN-BC, M.A.

Ms. Shumaker is a gerontological certified registered nurse who is a private consultant as well as currently in clinical practice in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  She has previous served as Outreach Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition.  In 2005, as founding Executive Director of the Coalition, she advocated for funding and received over $325,000 to outreach and educate older adults regarding behavioral health issues.  She introduced policies to encourage the Mental Health and Aging’s “systems” of care to work cooperatively to serve older adults with behavioral health issues.  Ms. Shumaker also served as the Executive Director of Prevent Suicide PA, a statewide nonprofit to support those affected by suicide, provide education, awareness and understanding by collaborating the community to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma associated with suicide. Ms. Shumaker spearheaded Pennsylvania’s Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plan, one of the first in the country, as well as advocating and obtaining a Mental Health Bulletin ensuring that adults with dementia and secondary psychiatric symptoms have access to mental health treatment.  Ms. Shumaker also has worked at the Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.  Ms. Shumaker has extensive clinical experience working in community mental health, geriatric assessment teams and in long-term care.   In addition, she has been an instructor of psychiatry at the Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, co-chair and founding member of the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Aging Coalition.  She has served as a member of the Older Adult Committee of Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning Council and a member of the Long-Term Care Subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee. Ms. Shumaker has also served on the Ethics Committee of Temple University’s Protective Service Institute. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Alzheimer’s Association and the Advisory Board for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Ms. Shumaker’s “special interests” include ethical and social policy issues in relation to the care of the elderly with behavioral health problems.

Grievance Policy

Optimize Aging, LLC seeks to ensure equitable treatment of very person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner.  Please submit a written grievance to:  Linda Shumaker, optimizeaging@gmail.com. Grievance would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

For any need special accommodations, please contact Linda Shumaker at optimizeaging@gmail.com