Behavioral Health: Caring for a New Generation in Assisted Living

30nov12:00 pm1:00 pmBehavioral Health: Caring for a New Generation in Assisted LivingSDAHO Webinar

Event Details

November 30 at 12:00pm CST/11:00am MST

The contemporary long-term care community is challenged to address a broad range of emerging clinical and psychosocial considerations, as the next generation of resident is far more complex. In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many older adults report feelings of depression and anxiety, turning to substance use, and thoughts of suicide. The numbers of people impacted by dementia continues at epidemic rates, further complicating the contemporary adult care community’s ability to create an environment that is satisfying to an increasingly diverse population.

Understanding the symptoms of illness and the psychosocial manifestations of trauma are two critical elements to creating a livable environment. This discussion explores the clinical and social influences to be considered in the assessment of and response to the behavioral health needs of the community. Accommodating the needs of the next generation requires an understanding of today’s customer – far more independent, outspoken and likely to march to the beat of their own drummer.  Strategies for addressing issues relative to dementia and mental health, social conflicts/bullying/aggression, substance abuse, and related concerns are a focus of this conversation.

  1. Explain the increasing complexity and cultural influence on social and ethical considerations in matters concerning behavioral health, sexual expression, and substance use in assisted living communities;
  2. Describe the importance of understanding the symptoms and challenges associated with a diagnosis of Dementia, PTSD, Mental Disorder, or Substance Use Disorder; and
  3. Develop a well-trained, culturally competent, trauma-informed staff prepared to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.


Presenter: Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist

An inspirational and motivational speaker, Barbara is an author, educator and management consultant at the forefront of person-centered care.

An innovator with more than 30 years of practical experience within the adult care community, she is the expert providers turn to when they want to ensure that the services they provide meet not only the physical needs of their residents, but their emotional and psychosocial needs as well.


Registration is free for SDAHO Members and $49 for Non-Members.

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November 30, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm(GMT-05:00)