Category Archives: Healthy Aging

Past Free Webinar – Strategies for Home Modification and How to Access Financing, Nov. 12, 2019

By: Diane Sprague, MA, Director, Lifetime Home Project

Handout – Strategies for Home Modification

Home Modification Resource list   Home Modification Funding grid

Earn 1 CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is listed as a Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

For years, studies and surveys have documented how seniors want to age in community, often where they’ve lived for many years.  Providing a safe and comfortable home can require a range of repairs, and/or accessibility modifications that accommodate changes in functional ability.  Unless extremely minor, skilled assessment and installation practitioners should manage access modification work.  Financing is the third critical component, often the make-or-break factor in undertaking a project.  This session will explore basic access remodeling financing techniques, remodeling “realities” and funding resources.

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Past Free Webinar: “Keys to Understanding and Ethically Treating Geriatric Depression and Anxiety,” January 22, 2018

By: Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, Founder & Partner at Twin Cities Physicians

Handout – Ethically Treating Depression and Anxiety

Clinical depression in the elderly is common, affecting approximately 6 million older adults. Being depressed almost always risks a concomitant anxiety disorder. These diagnoses alone heighten other problems, such as cardiac diseases and doubling the risk of death caused by suicide compared with the general population. The problem is only about 10% of those elderly adults ever receive treatment. Evidence for this suggests that depression and anxiety affects older adults differently than younger people, so it often goes under recognized. What may be thought of as a consequence of a co-morbid disease, may actually be depression. This webinar will demonstrate how to recognize the under recognized and give you the best treatment options available.

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