Working with Your Older Patient: A Clinician’s Handbook. National Institute of Aging.

Free booklet that introduces physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to communication skills essential in caring for older patients and their families. Includes specific information on talking with patients and families about cognitive problems.

How to Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults. The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing.

In order to provide resources that will help to fill the gap between knowledge and practice in the care of older adults, this website translates the evidence-based geriatric and caregiver assessment tools in into cost-free, easy to use resources.

Family Caregiver Briefcase for Psychologists. American Psychological Association.

The Briefcase is a web-based resource that psychologists can use to assist family caregivers through individual and organizational practice, research, teaching, advocacy and community service. It is also useful for other professionals who work with family caregivers, psychologists facing caregiving challenges within their own families, and caregivers themselves.

Communicating with the Adult Children of Elderly Patients. Nova Scotia Mental Health Services.

This presentation teaches: 1) How to be sensitive to and understand the complexity of family dynamics, 2) Be aware of the important role that families play in the care of the elderly, and of the emotional needs of caregivers of elderly patients, and 3) How to develop an approach to the ethical challenges and legal issues that arise in interactions between elderly patients and their children.

Depression in the Elderly – Informed and Interactive Case Based Tutorial. Nova Scotia Mental Health Services.

This extensive tutorial was designed based on the Canadian Coalition of Seniors Mental Health National Guidelines for Mental Health for the diagnosis and management of depression in the elderly. Through several intensive case studies, participants learn diagnostic and treatment procedures for different types of depression.

Caregiving Awareness through Resources and Education for Professionals. American Society on Aging.

This is a web-based, multi-media, self-study curriculum to increase the skills and knowledge of professional serving family caregivers. Also available on DVD.

Facilitating Advance Care Planning: An Interprofessional Education Program. Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

This interprofessional educational module for health care providers provides a comprehensive overview of advance care planning with practical suggestions for practitioners seeking to enhance skills in communication and facilitating advanced care planning and Decision making.

End of Life Powerpoint Learning Module. University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

This 70 minute, voiced-over powerpoint presentation reviews the core elements of quality palliative care and gets to the heart of what patients and their families are looking for in their health care providers when facing the uncertainty of life-limiting illness. The presenter Dr. Pantilat provides practical, culturally sensitive communication strategies that all members of the interdisciplinary can use when speaking with patients and their families about their goals of care. This video is highly recommended for health care providers in all care settings.

The Grief Intervention Model: Addressing Ambiguous Loss for Dementia Caregivers. Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

A short presentation designed to introduce service providers to raise awareness of grief, identify how grief manifests itself in the caregiving, skills to provide a compassionate approach in practice from a grief perspective.

Self-Care and Looking after Yourself. Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health.

Working in remote and rural practice can be challenging as service providers adapt to living and working in a different environment. There are different pressures and clinical challenges that service providers may face, in a small and sometimes isolated community. This learning module was created in Australia to develop service providers’ awareness of the self care issues in remote or rural practice, and to build service providers’ capacity to manage these issues. The module takes about 20 minutes to complete.

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