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Continuing Education (CEU) Podcast dedicated to mental health and aging for mental health and senior care professionals. Center for Mental Health and Aging, which hosts the Psychology of Aging podcast, is an approved continuing education provider with the APA, NBCC, ASWB, and NACCM. Join clinical psychologist, Dr. Regina Koepp, and expert guests as they share expert insights surrounding mental health and aging, sexual health in older adulthood, dementia, caregiving, and end of life. Each episode contains evidence-based information and resources to help you deepen your understanding of mental health and aging and earn continuing education credits at the same time! Visit us as www.mentalhealthandaging.com to join the movement to elevate mental health care for older adults.

Psychology of Aging with Dr. Regina Koepp Dr. Regina Koepp

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Continuing Education (CEU) Podcast dedicated to mental health and aging for mental health and senior care professionals. Center for Mental Health and Aging, which hosts the Psychology of Aging podcast, is an approved continuing education provider with the APA, NBCC, ASWB, and NACCM. Join clinical psychologist, Dr. Regina Koepp, and expert guests as they share expert insights surrounding mental health and aging, sexual health in older adulthood, dementia, caregiving, and end of life. Each episode contains evidence-based information and resources to help you deepen your understanding of mental health and aging and earn continuing education credits at the same time! Visit us as www.mentalhealthandaging.com to join the movement to elevate mental health care for older adults.

    What Increases Suicide Risk Among Older Adults

    What Increases Suicide Risk Among Older Adults

    #090- [CE Podcast]  Older white men have the highest rates of suicide, more than any other age group. Thus, it is essential that you have tools for addressing and preventing suicide among older adults.

    Click here to earn continuing education credits for this episode

    In this one hour continuing education podcast, you'll discover: 
    Statistics about older adults and suicide,  Cultural factors that may increase or mitigate risk for suicide, The “5 D” framework for understanding suicide risk among older adults How to help older adults who may be suicidalToday's expert guest is Yeates Conwell, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he directs the Geriatric Psychiatry Program and the UR Medical Center’s Office for Aging Research and Health Services, and co-directs the UR Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide. Dr. Conwell received his medical training at the University of Cincinnati and completed his Psychiatry Residency and a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to teaching, clinical care, and service system development, Dr. Conwell directs an inter-disciplinary program of research in aging, mental health services, and suicide prevention.
     Click here to learn more about earning CEUs for listening to this podcast.CEUs available for Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Therapists, Aging Life Care Experts. 

    • 59 min
    Addiction Free Solutions for Managing Chronic Pain with Dr. Stephen Grinstead

    Addiction Free Solutions for Managing Chronic Pain with Dr. Stephen Grinstead

    #089 [CEU Podcast]- The opioid crisis has highlighted just how harmful opioid-based pain management approaches can be. In this continuing education podcast you will learn the unique challenges and obstacles that face patients suffering with chronic pain and coexisting disorders, including medication misuse abuse or addiction and mental health concerns.

    You will discover that treatment for chronic pain requires an integrated concurrent team approach to achieve successful treatment outcomes. You will obtain the proper understanding, skills and treatment techniques you need to address the neurobiological psychological/emotional, social and spiritual aspects of chronic pain when potentially addictive medications are no longer a viable option.

    See the show notes page for more resources. 

    Today's guest, Dr. Stephen Grinstead, has  a doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD) and was the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a Triple Diagnosis Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management Program in California. He is author of the book Thank You Adversity for Yet Another Test: A Body Mind Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering
     Click here to learn more about earning CEUs for listening to this podcast.CEUs available for Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Therapists, Aging Life Care Experts. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Chronic Pain, Opioids, and Addiction among Older Adults with Dr. Sudheer Potru

    Chronic Pain, Opioids, and Addiction among Older Adults with Dr. Sudheer Potru

    #088- [CEU podcast] Is it safe to prescribe opioids to older adults to manage chronic pain?  Many older adults are prescribed opioids to manage chronic pain. But in the midst of the opioid crisis and risk for addiction, the question arises, "can older adults use opioids safely?" 

    In this continuing education (CE) podcast episode  you'll learn: 
    the history of opioid crisisthe challenges and stigma faced by those living with chronic pain and substance use disorders. the impact of involuntarily withdrawing opioids from patients, new methods for openly discussing painthe difference between "physical dependence" and "addiction"get an expert answer to the question: "is addiction really a disease?"
    Click here to learn more about earning continuing education (CE) credits for this podcast.

    About today's guest...
    Dr. Sudheer Potru is a triple-board-certified anesthesiologist, interventional pain specialist, and addiction medicine specialist with strong interest in both opioid safety and addiction medicine. He is an assistant professor at Emory and the medical director of the Atlanta VA's complex pain clinic, which specializes in treating veterans who have chronic pain associated with high-dose opioid use or substance abuse problems. He sits on multiple national committees related to pain and substance use disorders and is actively involved with research and advocacy related to these topics. He has given numerous regional and national talks to both anesthesiology and pain societies on the topic of addiction and how best to manage vulnerable patients around the time of surgery and when they have chronic pain issues as well.
    Go to the show notes page here


     Click here to learn more about earning CEUs for listening to this podcast.CEUs available for Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Therapists, Aging Life Care Experts. 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    What is Biofeedback for Cardiovascular Health with Maggie Johnson, PhD

    What is Biofeedback for Cardiovascular Health with Maggie Johnson, PhD

    #087 [CEU Podcast]  There are currently unprecedented levels of stress in the United States. Stress directly impacts mental and physical health, including heart disease.

    According to the American Heart Association, 50% of Americans are living with high blood pressure. With the combination of high levels of stress and high percentages of people living with high blood pressure. It is critical that we have tools to help people living with high blood pressure, heart disease, and other cardiovascular concerns manage stress and live a healthier life.

    Today, I'm delighted to bring you a 60 minute continuing education episode on biofeedback therapy for cardiovascular health with Dr. Maggie Johnson

    Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist at the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System where she provides behavioral health interventions to veterans coping with chronic health conditions, chronic pain, depression, PTSD and anxiety disorders. She specializes in Health Psychology and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She is certified in HeartMath biofeedback and very passionate about mind body interventions.

    Click here to see show notes & resources from this episode
     Click here to learn more about earning CEUs for listening to this podcast.CEUs available for Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Therapists, Aging Life Care Experts. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    How Chronic Pain Impacts Mental Health with Dr. Jennifer Steiner

    How Chronic Pain Impacts Mental Health with Dr. Jennifer Steiner

    #086 [CEU Podcast] - Chronic pain impacts more than 1 in 5 adults living in the United States and can have a significant negative impact on all aspects of a person’s life, including ability to work or attend school, finances, social and romantic relationships, and sense of self. 

    Research shows that chronic pain is associated with an increase in risk for depression and suicide. Yet, high rates of stigma, bias in health care, and limited access to trained mental health providers  contributes to people living with chronic pain not receiving the care they need. 

    This CEU podcast will address the widespread impact of chronic pain on the whole person, with focus on the pain-depression cycle.

    After listening to this episode, you'll be able to: 
    Identify 3 psychosocial ways in which quality of life is impacted by chronic painDiscuss why it is important to attend to both mental/emotional wellness and physical health when working with people chronic painExplain the bidirectional relationship between chronic pain and depression
    Today's guest, Dr. Jennifer Steiner, is a board certified clinical health psychologist, founder of Beyond the Body Health Psychology Services, LLC, Co-Director of Center for Mental Health & Aging's Continuing Education Program, Adjunct Faculty at Emory School of Medicine, Board Member of the Georgia Psychology Association Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for Georgia Psychological Association, and Member of the Committee on Health Psychology and Integrated Practice. 



     Click here to learn more about earning CEUs for listening to this podcast.CEUs available for Social Workers, Psychologists, Therapists, Aging Life Care Experts. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Differentiating Delirium, Dementia, Depression and Psychosis in Medically Vulnerable Older Adults

    Differentiating Delirium, Dementia, Depression and Psychosis in Medically Vulnerable Older Adults

    #085 [CEU Podcast] - The prevalence of delirium is highest among older adults who are medically hospitalized. In fact, 33% of general medical patients who are 70 and older have delirium. 

    It’s imperative that mental health professionals have a keen understanding of delirium and how to distinguish it from look-alike conditions. This continuing education course will: 
    provide an overview of delirium and the various forms delirium can takediscuss cognitive screenings used in medical settingsillustrate how to distinguish delirium from dementia, depression, and psychosis among medically vulnerable adults
    Link to the show notes page here

    Get access to the BONUS Video when you subscribe to the CEU podcast 
     Click here to learn more about earning CEUs for listening to this podcast.CEUs available for Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Therapists, Aging Life Care Experts. 

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Boomer Doc ,

Great podcast about sensitive and common aging issues

The Psychology of Aging Podcast hosted by Dr. Regina Koepp is a great podcast for those of us who want to know as much about the challenges facing our aging population. The podcast tackles some of the more difficult issues facing older adults. Topics involving “taboo” subjects such as Elder abuse and exploitation and sexulatity are among the many that we family members and medical professionals shy away from discussion. Bravo for addressing these subjects. I hope for more episodes in 2022.
David Bernstein, MD.

Applesauce345 ,

rising above the doomsday

Dr Regina presents helpful information about aging and dementia in a way that sheds some positive light on what is normally perceived as a negative situation. While she doesn’t shy away from the realities of aging and dementia related illness, she does so in a way that gives hope, and offers up a different perspective through her own expertise and those guests she interviews. Bravo and thank you!

Wanier ,

Brilliant

Great podcast addressing really important topics. Thank you for bringing these conversations to a broader audience. I learn something in every episode!

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