Next Free Webcast – LGBTQ Aging: Exploring the 2022 Needs Assessment and Applying it to Your Work – September 13th at noon

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

Presenter: Rajean P. Moone, PhD, LNHA/LALD, FGSA

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In 2002 and 2012 a Twin Cities lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) aging needs assessment provided insights into aging within these communities. Another decade later a partnership between Rainbow Health and the University of Minnesota Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) replicated these monumental studies into the Minnesota 2022 LGBTQ Aging Needs Assessment.

The findings from this study show that significant change has occurred over the last decade, but there is more that must be done. Dr. Rajean Moone, principal investigator from the University, will present the results of the study and offer tips for working with LGBTQ older adults.

Objectives:

  • Understand the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults as they age
  • Review the change in contexts for each of the past three assessments
  • Explore systemic and individual practice changes to support LGBTQ welcoming services

Rajean P. Moone, PhD, LNHA/LALD, FGSA

Rajean is currently the Faculty Director for Long Term Care Administration and Associate Director for Education in the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation (CHAI) at the University of Minnesota. Rajean served as the Executive Director of Training to Serve, a nonprofit organization designed to train aging service providers on the unique needs of LGBT older adults, now an initiative of Rainbow Health MN.

He has co-convened the Gerontological Society of America’s Rainbow Research Group and published extensively on LGBT aging. He is appointed to the Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota, FamilyMeans Board of Directors, and MN Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians Board of Directors.

Rajean holds a BA from the College of Saint Scholastica (Duluth, MN), a MS from Saint Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN) and a PHD from the University of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN). He also holds a MN nursing home administrator license and assisted living director license.

Past Free Webcast – Scrambling to Meet the Need: Mental Health Resources for Older Adults – August 3rd, 2022

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

Presenter: Chris Westergaard, Touchstone Mental Health Services

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Handout Scrambling to Meet the Need 8.3.22

This presentation will explore current challenges (and an emerging solution) to providing effective mental health care for older adults, including:

  1. Workforce shortages within care provider field;
  2. Mental health care affordability;
  3. Disparities in access to mental health care among disparate populations; and
  4. Continuing emphasis on the “traditional” cognitive needs of older adults.

Licensing, legislative elements, Medicare reimbursement and outdated systems for defining mental health for older adults fall within these challenges. Solutions to the issues of access, licensing and reimbursement will be presented as part of a working model using a gero-psychological approach to the symptoms of mental illness in older adults. An overview of the specific hurdles faced by the increasingly diverse population of older adults is included, with accompanying (if fledgling) solutions.

Objectives:

  • Outline gaps in mental health services accessible to older adults
  • Understand the systemic challenges and themes underlying capacity of older adult of mental health services
  • Define and discuss gero-psychology strategies in use to focus on unique mental health needs of the diverse population of older adults

Chris Westergaard, MSW, LICSW, CPPM

Chris works to provide behavioral health supports at Touchstone Mental Health Services; Minnesota’s first permanent supportive housing program focused on older adults. He has worked in the mental health field for twenty years, working with children, adults, and families.  His experience includes providing and managing long-term care, individual and group psychotherapy, and in-home supports and services.