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Shhhh…It's a Secret: Substance Abuse and the Older Adult

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Topic Areas:
Substance abuse |  Communication Strategies
Continuing Ed |  Social Work - NY |  Case Managers (non ethics course) |  Nursing Home Administrators (NHA) |  SW (MD) |  SW (TX)
Joanna Frankel
Course Levels:
Beginner & Intermediate
1 Hour
Audio and Video
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Substance abuse in the older adult is a hidden epidemic in the United States. Many factors come into play to render them at risk. This interactive and relevant topic will have participants learn how to identify at-risk older adults and what treatment protocols exist to help them. Learn strategies in communicating with older adults and how to successfully approach this very important area among the aging.


This course is suitable for both beginning and intermediate levels.  There is an introduction to addictions which is necessary and appropriate for beginners.  It also applies to intermediate levels as it expands upon the introductory level, focusing on the types and impact of addition in senior that to help effect a better clinical outcome for their patients & clients.




Social Work - New York

Jenerations Health Education, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0130. Participants are granted 1Contact Hours of Continuing Education*Live, on-line, self-study

Social Work, MD (Category ll)

Jenerations Health Education is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. Jenerations Health Education maintains responsibility for this program.

Participant is awarded 1Category II Maryland Social Work CEUs



Joanna Frankel's Profile

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Joanna Frankel is a graduate of Towson University with her Bachelors in both Psychology and Gerontology. Following, Joanna obtained her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a clinical concentration and a focus in Aging. Since, Joanna has been working in the long-term care setting for over 15 years. Her experience includes directing the social work department in a 205-bed facility, with clients who have a variety of mental health issues, long term care needs, at end of life, on dialysis and who are ventilator dependent.  Additionally, Joanna is passionate about and has expertise in dementia, advance directives/end of life and mental health issues in the elderly. Furthermore, she has spent the last 10 years consulting in several nursing homes, educating social workers on the proper practices of long-term care while providing clinical supervision. Joanna has always educated interdisciplinary teams, patients and families on various topics on aging. When Joanna isn’t working, you can find her playing ball with her husband and 2 boys or at the nearest sushi restaurant.

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