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Resiliency: Aging and Supporting Older Adults

This LibGuide provides materials about aging and supporting older adults.

Using Technology to Help the Elderly and Their Caregivers | Garett Ho | TEDxMeritAcademy

The number of people aged 65 and older with dementia in the US is projected to be 12.7 million by 2050. There is a tremendous need to help this community remain safe and provide a sense of security for caregivers. By monitoring vitals and daily activities and creating connections within the community through a user-friendly app, people can live their lives more fully, safely, and securely. Garett created an app to assist both the elderly individual and their caregivers.

TEDx Talks. (2023, March 23). Using technology to help the elderly and their caregivers | Garett Ho | TEDxMeritAcademy [Video]. YouTube.

Helping Seniors Cross the Digital Divide | Isabella Martinez | TEDxTemecula

Sixty percent of all seniors are currently connected online yet they still struggle with their mobile devices. Isabella Martinez, founder of Net4Seniors, describes a 5-step method to help seniors cross the digital divide. 

TEDx Talks. (2017, January 12). Helping seniors cross the digital divide | Isabella Martinez | TEDxTemecula [Video]. YouTube.

MMHWC Webinar–The Process of Working With Older Adults in Psychotherapy

Hear from experts on older adult mental health in this presentation hosted by NBCC and the Medicare Mental Health Workforce Coalition in collaboration with the E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging. This presentation examines more closely the effective management of counseling older adults as it relates to having an awareness of our own ideas about aging, recognition of what elements of normal aging may impact the therapy process, and strategies to manage these elements. 

National Board for Certified Counselors. (2024, March 22). Mmhwc webinar–The process of working with older adults in psychotherapy [Video]. YouTube.

Care Mapping: A Valuable Tool for Working with Older Adults and Family Caregivers

This National Center for Equitable Care for Elders (NCECE) webinar will focus on practical approaches health care providers can take to support family caregivers of older adults, particularly identifying and organizing available medical and social contacts and services in their area. Care maps can help providers sustain successful collaborations with care partners as a means of identifying and addressing unmet care needs. After participating in this webinar, participants will be able to: · Recognize care mapping as a method for understanding family care structures Explain the value of connecting family caregivers of older adults to available community services Identify strategies for utilizing care mapping to improve care coordination for older adult patients Intended Audience: Health center providers and staff who care for older adults.

National Center for Equitable Care for Elders. (2022, September 14). Care mapping: A valuable tool for working with older adults and family caregivers [Video]. YouTube.

The Hope to Pursue a Dream: pursuing higher education as an older adult | Luisa Mesones | TEDxCSULB

More older adults are going back to school to pursue higher education. They are acquiring multiple degrees and shattering the perception that a typical college student is between the ages of 18-25. Older adults bring a lot of valuable contributions to higher education—more than people may know. Luisa Mesones is a 62-year-old second year graduate student in Recreation and Leisure Studies at California State University, Long Beach. She retired after working for 30 years at the phone company with only a high school education. After retirement, Luisa started experiencing memory loss, slurred speech, and experiencing excruciating joint and muscle pains, which turned into a fibromyalgia diagnosis followed by a breast cancer diagnosis three months later. Relying on research to learn about holistic medicine, and recuperation led to her enrolling in Community College for one semester of French. Luisa fell in love with education and ended up graduating with 4 Associates of Arts. She transferred to UC Berkeley, where she graduated with a BA in Ethnic Studies. Luisa’s passionate pursuit of higher education led to her current research interest in nontraditional students, specifically older adults who are pursuing higher education. 

TEDx Talks. (2022, December 20). The hope to pursue a dream: Pursuing higher education as an older adult | Luisa Mesones | TEDxCSULB [Video]. YouTube.