Supportive Living Environments for Older Adults


About the Course
This course provides a detailed description of varied options supporting the well-being of older adults throughout the trajectory of the senior life course. While the term aging in place expresses a desire shared by many older adults, it is imperative for the environment to support the realities of the aging body, physical and mental changes, and the ability to access meaningful relationships that can ensure psychosocial needs are met. Identifying other solutions to support healthy aging is important for healthcare professionals who can serve as resources for older patients, educating them about options and opportunities for healthy aging and the ability to thrive throughout life. This course will provide learners with knowledge on communities designed around aging adults, supportive services, innovative technologies, and devices designed create safer environments—all in an effort to maintain a sense of independence in any home and/or community. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize the elements of a supportive living environment for safe aging over age 65 
  • Identify the needs and interests of older adults as their living and environmental needs change due to individual trajectory of mental, occupational, and physical wellbeing 
  • List physical, occupational and mental health correlates to discern appropriate living environment at different stages of older adulthood 
  • Recall differences between types of living environments for older adults to age in place 
  • Identify aspects of different types of supportive housing for aging adults 
  • Recognize supportive innovative devices that can be integrated into each respective environment to improve physical, occupational and mental wellbeing and safety 

About the Author/Presenter
Joy Siegel, EdD, MBA, is a gerontologist with expansive experience creating and implementing evidence-based programs and services supporting healthy aging and well-being. She is on the Board of the Alliance for Aging in Miami and a faculty member at the Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Siegal’s publications include topics on virtual programming and social connectedness as well as frailty, grip strength and fall prevention. Dr. Siegal has worked with Medicare and Medicare Advantage providers, health plans, senior centers, governmental agencies, and private industry, including developing postdischarge nutritional meal programs, intergenerational companionship programs, and innovative fall prevention programs for over 250,000 health plan members. Also an expert in social determinants of health and the impact of loneliness on aging, Dr. Siegal is passionate about improving lives and well-being with initiatives that expand social connections, encourage movement, and generate enthusiasm for lifelong learning. As a health educator, she and has created hundreds of hours of accredited content designed to educate and inform clinicians and other healthcare providers about such topics as nonclinical aspects of aging, improved patient satisfaction, and addressing burnout for healthcare professionals. 

How to Receive Credit 

  • View the entire recording which requires a 5-hour commitment of time.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Identification, Mitigation, and Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships 
The planners, faculty, and others in control of content of this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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Accreditations and Approvals

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