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Aging and Mental Health Training

One in five older adults suffers from some form of mental illness.

These mental health issues can jeopardize housing, cause serious problems for communities, and can put older adults at risk for suicide. Mental health is increasingly a concern of housing and community service providers.

Training and Educational Resources for Staff and Older Adults

At JF&CS, we bring more than 20 years of experience and expertise in working with older adults in the field of mental health. We recognize the need to foster caring housing communities that are equipped and empowered to address mental health issues and support a population of diverse older adults. We work in senior housing and in community settings and are available to educate, train, and consult with staff and older adults on these topics.

Host a training on these topics:

For Staff

  • Social Bullying: Assessing and Intervening with Older Adults
    Staff who work with older adults in congregate settings will learn about social bullying and how to effectively intervene when it is happening in their community. Participants will learn strategies to discourage bullying, support targets, and build stronger, more welcoming communities.
  • Tips & Techniques for Understanding Older Adults who may be Struggling with Mental Illness
    A comprehensive overview of the mental illnesses most common for older adults and strategies to better address problematic behaviors.
  • You Can Help Save a Life – Suicide Prevention

    An overview of risk factors and warning signs for suicidal behavior in older adults. Participants learn what to do if warning signs are present and become familiar with resources available.

  • Exploring the Experience of Aging
    An interactive discussion and presentation for staff who work with older adults. Participants gain a better understanding of their experience of aging and ageism.
  • Boundaries: Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships with the Older Adults We Serve
    This workshop will highlight the purpose and value of maintaining professional boundaries while acknowledging some of the inherent challenges in working with older adult populations. Includes an interactive discussion of scenarios in which participants will identify dilemmas, weigh the risks of crossing professional boundaries, and develop appropriate responses.
  • Death, Loss & Grief in Older Adult Communities
    Death and loss are inevitable parts of life and aging for both older adults and the staff that work with them. This workshop will explore the practical and emotional aspects of death and grief and how culture may influence the experience of death and bereavement. Through shared experience, workshop participants will examine the journey of death and dying with the objective of providing hope, support, and resources to older adults in their communities.
  • No Man Is an Island: The Impact of Social Isolation on the Physical and Mental Health of Older Adults
    This training workshop will explore the social constructs of social isolation and loneliness in our communities and cite studies that demonstrate how social isolation can negatively affect both the physical and mental health of an older adult. We will review tools that measure and assess levels of loneliness and learn to better understand why and how loneliness and isolation can put older adults’ health at risk and leave them more vulnerable to elder abuse. Most importantly, we will identify tools, techniques, and existing social programs that work to combat social isolation and build resiliency in our older adult communities.

For Older Adults

  • Living in Community Series
    • Spirited Aging
      A facilitated discussion on the experience of aging and its joys, challenges, and surprises.
    • The Joys and Challenges of Living in Community
      A discussion about how to promote civility and tolerance in housing communities.
    • Tips and Techniques for Understanding and Assisting Neighbors who are Struggling
      A workshop that provides older adults with basic information about the common mental and physical health issues that older adults experience and how to better support a friend or neighbor who may be struggling.
  • Optimism and the Art of Aging
    A workshop to identify the health benefits of practicing optimism and fostering resilience.
  • Elder Abuse: What You Need to Know 
    A presentation highlighting the different forms of elder abuse, what to be aware of, and how to protect yourself, as well as others who could be at risk.
  • Social Bullying: Assertiveness Training for Bystanders
    An opportunity for older adults to learn about social bullying and, more importantly, how to be good bystanders and reduce bullying behaviors in their communities.
  • The Good News About Aging
    A discussion about shifting the paradigm around aging by learning the true facts about memory and aging and focusing on the positive aspects of living a long and fulfilling life.
  • #UsToo? Older adults lending their voices to the conversation of sexual harassment

    This workshop provides a general framework for understanding the complex issue of sexual harassment in older adult communities. Participants will learn what sexual harassment is, discuss generational differences in attitudes, acknowledge the “gray areas”, and, most importantly, learn how to respond when it happens in their communities. The workshop will reinforce the themes of personal choice and the importance of creating an environment where all older adults can feel comfortable. 

  • "What's In Your Plan?" Personal health care planning workshop featuring Honoring Choices MA

    Come join us to make your own personal health care plan using the Honoring Choices MA Getting Started Tool Kit- it's as easy as 1-2-3. We'll review the 3 step process and free planning documents to learn how to: 1. Choose a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy, 2. Talk with family and write down your care choices in a Personal Directive(Living Will), and 3. Talk with your doctors and care providers to put your plan into action.

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  • Bouncing Back
    A facilitated discussion on finding healthy ways to build resilience and bounce back from the stresses of everyday life.

  • Brain Health: Use It or Lose It!

    This workshop will help older adults identify lifestyle changes and activities that promote optimal brain health as they age.

JF&CS Aging and Mental Health fee-based services include staff consultation, curriculum development, and training. Please contact us so we can discuss your needs and understand your circumstances.

Interested in learning more about any of these trainings?

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View our webinars:


Bullying: Assessing and Intervening with Older Adults 

This one-hour webinar identifies the key characteristics of social bullying among older adults, distinguishes bullying from other problematic behaviors, and teaches simple strategies to address and intervene when bullying happens in your setting.

Tips and Techniques for Supporting Residents with Mental Illness, Guide for Staff in Housing for Older Adults-A Webinar Companion

This one-hour webinar highlights the key information in Tips and Techniques for Supporting Residents with Mental Illness, Guide for Staff in Housing for Older Adults. The guide reviews the most common mental illnesses found in older adult populations. The webinar uses two case studies to provide practical techniques and suggested language for addressing mental health issues that often face residents in housing or any community settings. We suggest downloading the guide before viewing the webinar.

Optimism and the Art of Aging.Optimism and the Art of Aging: There is Good News! 

This webinar challenges the paradigm that depression, loneliness, and isolation are normal parts of aging and embraces the possibility that we can all learn optimism and feel more hopeful at any age.

We are grateful to the MA Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program, the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and individual donors for their support.

    For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.
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