and leisure for caregivers
training will broaden caregiver perspectives on enjoyable activities
and connect them to quality of life. It will help individual identify
their own attitudes towards leisure and recreation and identify
and resolves concerns that inhibit involvement with recreation and
leisure. The purpose of this training is to illustrate the manner
in which leisure and recreation can benefit caregivers, and broaden
participants' perspectives regarding enjoyable activity and its
effects upon the quality of life. The primary objective of this
workshop is to illustrate participants' understanding of both the
value and role that recreation and leisure play in the enhancement
in day-to-day life. This will be completed through:
the meaning of recreation/leisure
self-care through leisure/recreation
what leisure/recreation experiences participants find pleasurable
challenges and developing a variety of strategies to address those
barriers that hinder leisure/recreation involvement
CARING FOR SENIORS - "A STRESSFUL SITUATION"
to the literature, most caregivers are middle-aged and older. In
other words, we have the Grandparent generation caring for itself
as well as for the Great grandparent generation. This phenomenon
is true of both Black and White adults. The differences between
tine two are their coping resources. The direction of this training
is to recognize signs of stress as well as to address coping resources
and copies of styles of Black and White adults. Conclusion will
be with suggestive measures to provide respite for the caregivers.
This one-half day training module is designed to: Review recent
literature that addresses differences in the ways in which Black
and White adults manage stress. Engage caregivers in discussions
related to stress. Encourage methods of leisure for caregivers.
Review signs of stress and burnout.
CHURCH AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN OLDER COMMUNITY:
half day session is designed to give participants a holistic view
of the African American church in America including its role as
a provider of social services to African American elders. It provides
background information on the history of the African American church
in America and confirms the dual responsibility of the church as
a source of spiritual strength and provider of social services.
The role of the church as the transmitter of culture in the African
American community, and the ways that practitioners in the field
of aging and family members can tie into the resources of the African
American church on behalf of older people is discussed. Participants
will be encouraged to educate the African American church community
as to the needs of African American elders; and examine the importance
of formal ties to religion as African Americans grow older.
WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN ELDERS:
purpose of this training is to broaden the ability of individuals
who work with African American elders to: Understand and respect
the differences and uniqueness of all people; institute culturally
based practice in direct interaction with all clients; and move
away from only Eurocentric models of practice. The primary objective
is to increase the awareness of the professional community as to
the concrete differences in communication and relationship building
between African American and other elderly groups. At a minimum
this program explores the following:
delineation of the communication differences between African American
and European American elderly;
cultural context of communication styles from the perspective of
West African tradition;
and nonverbal interaction between language and culture;
it is important for human service workers who serve an older African
American population to "break the code" in order to provide
an understanding of communication in a cultural context can help
African American elderly gain access to formal social service systems.
WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES – INTERGENERATIONAL ISSUES
training is designed to focus on issues of the African American
family from the focal point of the older member, and identify and
discuss the African American family from the perspective of its
strengths. Trainers will assist participants to focus their assessment
skills to identify and use the positive attributes of the African
American family for the benefit of elderly family members, and empower
families to become active participants in the development of plans
of care. The life cycle theory of aging as it relates to understanding
African American elderly in the context of the family will be reviewed.
The goals for the session are:
To provide information
to the workshop participants on the African American concept of
family shaped by African heritage as well as the reality of slavery;
To discuss the
cultural belief in the veneration of the elderly as the transmitters
of culture and how to recapture this;
To examine communication
issues and building relationships with African American elders and
their family members;
To review a model
for working with the African American family as a unit: not as individual
pieces of a pie;
informal and formal systems from a cultural and historical perspective
in the African American Family.
Issues and The Black Elderly - Black Culture: ITS IMPACT on Health
Care Worker / Client Interaction
four hour course will examine the historical development of Black
culture, and its influence on the development of health care practices
and beliefs among black elderly. Cultural conflicts and differences
in communication patterns existing between health care workers and
black elderly will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on identifying
methods of strengthening interactions between members of the health
care profession and the clients they serve. The Objectives for
this course are:
Trace the development of African American culture
in the U. S.
Describe the ways in which black culture influences
the development of health care attitudes, beliefs and practices
among the elderly.
Examine the concept of "culture conflict” as
it exist between black elderly and health care workers.
Develop a sensitivity for differences in communication
patterns that exist between the elderly and members of the health
Identify factors that influence attitudes and health
beliefs of health care workers.
Recall methods of minimizing barriers to interaction
and strengthening care delivery to black elderly clients.
training addresses the population trends regarding diversity. It
presents the impact of culture on communication and the delivery
of service. The program assists the participants to begin to address
the issue with self-awareness and addresses techniques to address
communication, and presents and intercultural helping model.