Older adults, those aged 60 or above, make important contributions to society as family members, volunteers, and as active participants in the workforce. While most have good mental health, many older adults are at risk of developing mental disorders, neurological disorders or substance use problems, as well as other health conditions such as diabetes, hearing loss, and osteoarthritis. Over 20% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental or neurological disorder Furthermore, as people age, they are more likely to experience several conditions at the same time. As baby-boomers, the largest aging population in U.S. history, enter the affordable housing arena, housing providers will need to be prepared to address and advocate on behalf of their residents living with mental health condition. This interactive presentation will provide general guidelines for creating empathy in independent and affordable living communities to ensure that all residents can live in a safe environment.
Increase awareness of Mental Health Statistics in the U.S.
Understand the psycho-social impacts of stigma associated with living with a mental health condition
Enhanced understanding regarding the barriers to access and treatment
Identify strategies for creating empathy among residents living in independent and affordable housing communities
About the Speaker: Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL, speaker, trainer and nonprofit leadership consultant, has an accomplished 25+ year career as a nonprofit leader with practical experience in, and solid understanding of, a diverse range of management, program development, and service delivery applications. Mr. Rivera-Jackman has a passion for working with, and advocating on behalf of, older adults, and has a natural ability for providing instruction and training for adult learners. After nearly 12 years of service as a Senior Resident Services Manager at the King County Housing Authority (KCHA), Mr. Rivera-Jackman has accepted the opportunity to serve as the Director of Resident Supports and Services for the Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG), one of the largest and leading affordable senior housing providers in Western Washington. Mr. Rivera-Jackman was the recipient of the 2011 American Association of Service Coordinators (AASC) President’s Award of Excellence. This award is given to a member who, in the opinion of the AASC President, is deserving of recognition for his/her work in the service coordination profession.
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