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Digital Behavioral Health Crisis Management for Older Adults

August 25 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Digital Behavioral Health Crisis Management for Older Adults

This seminar is for mental health and aging network staff on crisis management of behavioral health issues in older adults. The curriculum will be based on the Experiential Learning Theory and Paradigm of Andragogy (known adult learning theories) and incorporate role-play and teach back to reinforce learning.

Topics covered include:

(1) Overview of older adults with behavioral health issues as related to crisis management: Epidemiology and common reasons for older adult crisis (COVID-19, medical risks, suicide attempts, early-stage dementia, life events);

(2) Overview of a crisis intervention model for older adults: Digital assessment; identification of the context and problem; advocacy, education, and digital and non-digital intervention planning; commitment and action; and follow-up, support, and prevention;

(3) Normal aging and technology

(4) Trauma-informed digital communication with older adults

(5) Available technologies for older adults to support recovery

(6) Accessing technologies for older adults

a. Depression and anxiety presentation in older adults: Epidemiology, identifying depression and anxiety in older adults, risk factors (e.g., falls), and addressing aging stereotypes;

b. Suicidality in older adults: Epidemiology, identifying suicidality, and discussion of suicide protocol;

c. Dementia: Epidemiology, identifying the differences between depression, delusions, delirium and dementia, and risk factors;

d. Substance use in older adults: Epidemiology of cigarette smoking and opioid use, risk factors, and addressing aging stereotypes;

e. Alcohol use in older adults: Epidemiology, risk factors, recommended consumptions rates for older adults;

(7) Working with older adults in a crisis: How to advocate with providers, navigate behavioral health and physical health care system, address social determinants of health (i.e., how to get food after crisis, transportation to doctor’s appointments), mandatory reporter requirements, and communication with older adults;

(8) Recognizing unmet needs, physical ailments, abuse and domestic violence digitally and their impact on mental health in older adults; Psychosomatic symptoms and social determinants of health (i.e., addressing loneliness and social isolation digitally); and

(9) Providing ongoing digital support and maintaining recovery: Self-care, stress management, social support, life review, volunteering, and the role of family and caregivers in technology.


Organized by Digital Peer Support