What it Means to Grow Old for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

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Jun 09, 2017 — 8:30 am   (Friday)

Jun 09, 2017 — 3:30 pm   (Friday)

Genetti's Hotel and Conference Center
77 E. Market St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 [Directions below]


Add to Calendar 2017-06-09 08:30 am 2017-06-09 15:30 pm America/New_York What it Means to Grow Old for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities A workshop to offer providers of services to individuals with chronic mental illness and those with intellectual disabilities, an understanding of normal age related changes. Genetti's Hotel and Conference Center, 77 E. Market St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 The Arc of Luzerne County ccaging14@ptd.net YYYY-MM-DD aWxoJPCXOzRJflDmMmBE24969

It is well documented that as we age we become “increasingly vulnerable to mental health disorders”. The loss of friends, and family, exacerbated by the loss of supports, mobility, failing vision and hearing can lead to isolation. “Decreased self-sufficiency, self-determination and subsequent social isolation also often result in depression.” For individuals with chronic mental illness or intellectual disabilities these social losses as well as age-related physical changes, and complicated medical problems increase the risk of hospitalization and potential institutionalization.

It is important for mental health and health care workers to learn to identify signs of mental disorders that should be assessed by a professional; further they need education on “normal age-related physical and mental changes,” psychiatric issues including depression, dementia and recognition and early intervention of delirium in clients with chronic mental illness or intellectual disabilities. This program will provide an overview of the needed skills for those of us who are care giving to this vulnerable and importation population.

Presenter: Linda Schumaker, RN, Pennsylvania Behavioral Health


8:30 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 10:15 – What is Normal Aging?

  • Demographics and Trends

10:15 – 11:30 System Review – Neurological Changes Related to Aging

  • Sensory Changes
  • Sleep
  • Cardiovascular Changes
  • Pulmonary Changes
  • Skeletal Muscular Changes Related to Aging
  • Gastrointestinal Changes of Aging
  • Urinary Changes
  • Endocrine Changes
  • Integument Changes of Aging

11:30 – 12:30 LUNCH

12:30 – 1:15 Normal Cognitive Issues of Aging

1:15 – 2:30 PM Differentiating Depression, Delirium and Dementia

2:30 – 3:00 PM Health /Wellness and Prevention

3:00 – 3:30 Conclusions and Evaluations


To offer providers of services to individuals with chronic mental illness and those with intellectual disabilities, an understanding of normal age related changes.


  • Care providers; case managers; community living staff will have a better understanding of normal age-related changes.
  • Staff will be able to develop strategies to effectively support individuals as they age in their respective communities.

There is no cost for this all day workshop.

A continental breakfast and lunch are included.

CEU’s are pending.

Registration is required. Please RSVP to Julie Mann at ccaging14@ptd.net.

Limited Vendor/Informational tables are available.

Please email Julie Mann, Link Coordinator, at ccaging14@ptd.net if your agency is interested in having an informational table.

This is a program of PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources, Luzerne Wyoming Co MHDS Program, and Luzerne Wyoming Area Agency on Agency.

For further info:
Phone   570-822-1158
Email   ccaging14@ptd.net

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