Past Free Webcast – Older Adults, Homelessness, and COVID-19: Facts and Response – April 15th at Noon

Earn 1.15 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.)

By: Rebecca Sales, MPH, Research Scientist, Wilder Research
Michelle Decker Gerrard, M.Ed., Senior Research Manager, Wilder Research
Melea Blanchard, Program Supervisor, Homeless Elders, Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis
Lori Halbur, LICSW, Homeless Elders, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Handout – Older Adults, Homelessness & COVID-19 4.15.21

Experiencing homelessness at any age is challenging but imagine experiencing the stress and uncertainty of living without a home as an older adult.  Now imagine that you are a homeless older adult who has been exposed to or is sick with COVID-19.  Using data from the 2018 Homeless Study, Wilder Research will highlight the current state of older adult homelessness across Minnesota. Catholic Charities will then share in-depth information about the response of Catholic Charities to older adults experiencing homelessness who are at risk of or sick with COVID-19.  We will discuss challenges and successes, and consider the importance of stable housing, including the resources needed to support older adults experiencing homelessness. Participants will have the opportunity to think critically as a group about these complex issues and the implications.

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Past Free Webcast – Therapeutic Activities for Older Adults: Lessons Learned from the Global Pandemic – March 10 at noon

Earn 1.00 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.)

By: Pamela Hayle, ACC, SFPT, Director of Safety and Quality Support, Cassia Care, Edina, MN

Handout – Therapeutic Activities for Older Adults 3.10.21

When faced with a global pandemic in March of 2020, Activity professionals quickly responded with actions demonstrating creativity and new program modalities that were truly inspiring.  The challenges of this pandemic brought controversy, sometimes lack of resources and overwhelming weariness due to the duration and tragic results experienced by older adults, in care facilities and in the community at large.  The questions we now face are…what have we learned…what needs to change…and how will the provision of Activity Services be transformed because of this disaster.  As we transition to recovery and the “new normal” what will the professional practice of therapeutic activities look like in 2021 and beyond.

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