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Aging and Positive Psychology:
Cognitive, Biological, Personality, Health, and Clinical Issues

10 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $99.00
Michael Brickey, Ph.D.

Developed by Michael Brickey, Ph.D., ABPP

Course fulfills the Aging and Long-Term Care requirements.
Check with your state's licensing board.

CE Credits for Psychologists. CE Credits (CEUs) for LMFTs, Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses.
CE Approvals by BBS-CA, ASWB, NBCC, NAADAC, CA-BRN & more.
Zur Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Zur Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This course is also offered as part of a Pre-licensing Savings Package of pre-requisite courses.

This course is also offered as part of a Certificate Program: Positive Psychology 39 CE Credits.

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The Psychology of Aging

Between 1900 and 2010, American life expectancy jumped from 47 to 78.7 years. Advances in genetic engineering, tissue engineering, stem cell therapies, nanotechnology, hormone therapies, and other fields are likely to foster a longevity revolution in which lifespans get much longer and people look and function younger at older ages. What can psychology and positive psychology teach us about how to live longer, healthier, and happier? This course uses articles and interviews with anti-aging experts to consider cognitive and personality research and clinical issues. The focus is on what helps people age better and live longer as opposed to focusing on decline and pathology. The content is both relevant to your aging better and to helping clients age better and deal with the challenges of aging.

In this intermediate course, the articles consider demographic characteristics of older Americans, substance abuse, diagnostic considerations with dementia, and how to structure personal finances for living a hundred years. Because elder abuse is a complicated and sometimes subtle issue with serious legal and ethical issues, the course includes guidelines on identifying and reporting elder abuse.

Often the best way to get a feel for researchers and their research is to hear them. The course has eight MP3 interviews with anti-aging experts. Each interview is about 35-40 minutes long. Separate PDF files give bios and notes for each of these interviews, and there is a PDF transcript for each of the eight MP3 files.

Interviews with Dr. Alan Zelicoff, Dr. Duke Johnson, and Dr. Barry Sears consider what evidence-based medicine, holistic health research, and hormone research finds about how to live longer and healthier lives. Dr. Ryan Niemiec examines portrayals of aging in movies from the perspective of positive psychology. Psychologist Dr. Jeff Johnson and sociologist Dr. Paula Forman, Ph.D. consider challenging life transitions for Baby Boomers. Sexologist Dr. Robert Birch shares his 30+ years of clinical experience as a sex therapist and discusses how to foster a fulfilling sex life for Boomers and seniors. John Erickson is a visionary who revolutionized retirement living, founded Retirement Living Television network (the only cable TV network devoted to seniors), and has developed remarkably effective medical services for seniors. Happiness researcher Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky shares her research on happiness and what people can do to become happier.



Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to
  • Review demographics of US seniors.
  • Summarize research concerns about US seniors and substance abuse.
  • Identify research findings about diagnosing dementia.
  • Describe evidence-based research about medical practices that often do more harm than good.
  • Identify conventional and holistic approaches to preventing cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
  • Discuss issues in Baby Boomer life transitions.
  • Explain how to guide seniors in developing a fulfilling sex life.
  • Report research on happiness and what increases happiness.
  • Define history and issues in retirement, financial, and residential services for seniors.
  • Identify and report elder abuse.

Course Syllabus:

  • Aging and Positive Psychology
    • A Profile of Older Americans
    • Substance Abuse by Older Adults
    • Finances for a Long Lifetime
    • Dementia: Hope Through Research - Diagnostic Considerations
    • Identifying and Reporting Elder Abuse

  • Unique set of interviews (MP3s) with Anti-aging experts:
    • Alan Zelicoff, MD: Evidence-based Medicine and Common Harmful Medical Practices and Treatments
    • Duke Johnson, MD: A Holistic Approach to Preventing Heart Disease, Cancer, and Chronic Diseases
    • Barry Sears, Ph.D.: How Insulin, Hormones, and Inflammation Impact Chronic Diseases and Obesity
    • Ryan Niemiec, PsyD: Positive Psychology, Movies, and Aging Well
    • Jeff Johnson, Ph.D. & Paula Forman, Ph.D.: Baby Boomer Life Transitions
    • Robert Birch, Ph.D.: A Fulfilling Sex Life for Boomers and Seniors
    • John Erickson: A Visionary Redefines Aging and Retirement
    • Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.: What Research Says About Being Happy

  • Resources and Updates


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