A very timely course in this day and age when the number of elderly is increasing at record levels. I had been searching for information on a variety of elder care issues for quite some time and this course provided me with answers to my questions in one place. With my parents entering their golden years, I needed a roadmap to guide me with helping them through the aging process. This course was that roadmap."
Excellent course, and it could not have come at a better time in my life. I feel I got an enormous amount of direction and information! I would highly recommend it to others!"
For many, the journey down the path of assisting aging parents is full of uncertainty and emotional highs and lows. This course lights the way for our journey through the experience of others. Knowing what to expect and being equipped with tools to handle the challenges along the way makes me more confident and better prepared to deal effectively with whatever lies ahead."
I found the course to be very informative. My father passed away at home after a lengthy illness & the course reinforced the way the family handled his illness and passing. Your course gave me some valuable things to think about. I would definitely recommend the course. The course was very well organized. Thank you for all your personal experiences."
I thoroughly enjoyed this on-line class on Assisting Aging Parents. The lessons and supplemental information have been valuable. The instructor was knowledgeable and caring, and taught from first hand experience. I feel that I am more prepared and have more confidence to deal with the the complexities of dealing with my aging parents. This was my first on-line class and I must say, I found it very enjoyable and look forward to taking other courses in the future."
This was a very timely class for me. My parents are elderly and I am struggling with their care and wellbeing. The scope of the course was amazing to me - the instructor covered information from the very beginning of the aging process (retirement) through searching for alternative living conditions and ending in the finality of death. All topics were covered candidly and with compassion. I think one of the greatest benefits was the outside reading and resource list."
Your class was so much more than I expected! Beyond helping me with the practical matters of resources and approaches, ultimately I realized that in order to be effective for my dad I have to dismantle the roadblocks in my head. After almost forty years of cynically rejecting "clichés," light bulbs were going off in my head as I read your material. It finally sunk in and empowered me -- I can change myself! As a result I have a confidant in my sister and a healthier relationship with my mom. Thank you for truly helping ME to assist my aging parents!"
I retired seven years ago. During the first six years my husband and I enjoyed lots of travel, taking care of our nephew's children, and volunteer work. In the sixth year of retirement I started missing the world of work. I missed getting a paycheck and working. My thoughts, however, were "who would hire an old lady who hadn't worked in six years?” During my sixth year of retirement I stared taking courses with ed2go.com. I felt revitalized again learning what was new in office software. I took a certificate course in gerontology and during that course I perused medical office websites. I updated my resume and applied for a job as an activity aide in the dementia section of a nursing home. I went through two interviews and was hired on my 65th birthday last summer."
Marsiea did a fine job with this course. I felt a personal connection with her, as she not only listened and responded to my communications but also shared some of her own experience with challenging life situations. Thank you, Marsiea!"
The instructor was very thorough in covering all the phases of "Assisting Aging Parents." Her writing and responses were well written and very helpful. I really enjoyed hearing about her personal experiences in her own family. Thanks to Marseia, I am less unsure of myself in this area of life and have grown as a person."
Course Code: aap
Learn a few tools and techniques for effective communication that will sustain you as your parents age. Then, explore ideas that can help you help your parent to maintain his or her zest for life as circumstances change. You will discover some activities that may not have occurred to you before.
Examine ways to change how you think about accumulating things. You will learn how artifacts and material possessions have to be dusted, insured, provided space, and otherwise cared for. Then, examine some important documents, and learn some tips on how to acquire and prepare them for yourself and your parents with minimum cost and effort.
Learn about some of the things you should discover about your parents while you still can. You will consider cash, valuables, investments, pensions, insurance policies, safe deposit boxes, personal safe combinations, and account numbers that will be invaluable to the executor of an estate. Then, learn what emotions to expect in yourself, your parents, your siblings, and others.
Explore what financial help is available to you, where to find it, and the levels or progression of help that you may need over time. Then, learn how to discuss the idea of a move with your parents, and ascertain their preferences, fears, and concerns.
Discover the five symptoms that reveal when it's time for your parent to move to a nursing home. You will use criteria and a checklist for selection that will serve you well whether you find yourself in a sudden crisis or just ahead of a parent being released from hospital. Then, develop the communication skills you will need when the time comes to move your parent to a nursing home.
Learn practical tips to help a dying person, and a few more to help you cope. You will be encouraged to conquer your fear and reluctance enough to be fully present when death is imminent. Finally, become acquainted with various theories about grief. You will learn some tips on handling issues that might arise.
Marsiea Warren has trained and coached people in the public and private sectors for over 25 years. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is a Certified Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. This class is a labor of love springing from lessons she learned in helping her own parents through retirement, relocation, and her mother's illness and death. She has dealt personally with each topic in this course.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.