Matter of Balance (MOB): Seeking to Train Volunteer Coaches!

Program: A Matter of Balance – Coach Training

Location: Training will be via Zoom

Schedule: The training is completed in two 4-hour sessions (over 2 days)

Duration: A total of 8 hours for the training (workshop is led with 2 trained coaches over 8 weeks)

Group or Individual: Training can be done in a group or with an individual (a workshop is a group of 8-12 participants)

Kid Friendly: No

Contact: Deidre Daymon, A Matter of Balance – Master Trainer at deidred@soundgenerations.org or 253-670-0073

Program Description: “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem–solving strategies, videos, and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce the fear of falling and remain active and independent.

A Matter of Balance coaches helps participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls, and protect themselves if they do fall. In addition, participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis. 

 A Matter of Balance coach needs good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability, and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults. Coaches also need to be able to lead low to moderate-level exercise.

 For more information on becoming A Matter of Balance coach, please contact Deidre Daymon at deidred@soundgenerations.org or 253.670.0073

Geriatric Mental Health Workshops

Sound Generations Geriatric Mental Health Workshop series offers educational curriculum that addresses the mental health needs of older adults. There are currently approximately 54 million older adults (ages 65 and beyond) now in the United States, making up 16 % of our population. The Baby Boomer generation, estimated at 73 million, will all be 65 years or older by 2030 and the older adult population is expected to grow to 95 million by 2060. Baby Boomers are predicted to have more mental health issues than previous generations due to their enhanced life expectancy, as will likely be the case for the following generations, as well.

Despite the urgent need, current statistics reveal that there are not enough trained professionals who have the specialized training to adequately understand and serve the mental health needs of older adults. The Geriatric Mental Health workshop series at Sound Generations hopes to help fill this gap in educational opportunities for licensed professionals as well as other service providers who work with older adults.

Sound Generations recognizes that maintaining good mental health is a vital part of the aging process and practitioners and service providers need to keep abreast of trends and treatment in this field. We want to ensure service providers have access to this valuable information for years to come so that strong mental health is prioritized among our aging population.

Our workshops are 3-6 hours in duration and are generally held monthly via Zoom. Currently, we offer licensed mental health professionals Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in the geriatric mental health field, approved by the WMHCA. We also welcome anyone who works with older adults professionally to join us to learn from experts in the field of Geriatric Mental Health.

The Geriatric Mental Health Workshop series is designed and managed by Continuing Education Specialist, Alison Laird Craig. Robin Nelson, LICSW, GMHS oversees the program.  Alison can be reached at alisonc@soundgenerations.org if you have questions or would like to teach a workshop.

Previous workshops have focused on Dementia/Delirium- Diagnosis and Treatment, Elder Law, End of Life Conversations, Elder Law and Pharmacology, Caregivers of Older Adults- Conflict and Cooperation, Elder Abuse and Neglect, Crisis Intervention and Prevention , Navigating Systems for Elders and more.

Upcoming Workshops will include Integrating Caring Justice: Addressing the Needs of Older Adults Released from Prison, Personality Disorders in Older Adults, Conducting Mental Health Assessments in Older Adults and more. Check back here for more information about these and to register!


Upcoming Workshops


November 2022

Personality Disorders in the Older Population with Karen Kent, LMHC, GMHS – 6 CEUs 

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022, 10am-5:30pm

This class will provide general information on personality disorders – the characterizations, the pattern of disorders, the statistics within the US population, cultural issues, and the probable causes.  Each item is based on current research. We will explore in detail each of the three Clusters of diagnoses explaining what they have in common, how they differ, and helpful techniques to use with each one. In addition, we’ll discuss the difficulty of treating personality disorders and the evidence-based treatments that are available currently.

6 Continuing Education credits for social workers, mental health clinicians and marriage and family counselors.  Case managers and other service providers are also welcome to attend. 

NEW WINTER TIME – 10AM – 5:30PM Wednesday, November 16th, 2022. The workshop begins promptly at 9am, includes several breaks and lunch break. This class will be taught over Zoom. Workshop information and Zoom link will be sent out 1 week beforehand. Please make sure to save the link.

COST – $115.00 

 

 

If you prefer to pay by alternative payment method, rather than online, please email Alison at alisonc@soundgenerations.org. If you are paying for more than one person in your organization, please email Alison with the full names and email addresses of all attendees so she can send them the information and link to join.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration will CLOSE on Monday, November 14th, 2022. Register early!

If you have questions about our workshops or are interested in teaching a workshop, please contact Alison Laird Craig at (206) 727-6226 or via email at alisonc@soundgenerations.org.


Upcoming 2023 Geriatric Mental Health Workshops

January –  Enriching Dementia Personhood in Older Adults through Creativity and the Arts with Angel Duncan, PHDC, MA, MFT, ATR, Thursday, January 12th. 
 

February – Conducting Mental Health Assessments with Older Adults with Terri Haaga, MSW, LICSW, GMHS, Wednesday, February 15th. 

 

March – Implicit Bias in the Therapeutic Treatment of Older Adults: Recognizing Our Own & Embracing New Modalities with Darcia Tudor, JD, LMHC, CWM, Wednesday, March 15th

April – Integrating Caring Justice: Addressing the Needs of Older Adults Released from Prison with Tina Maschi, Phd, LCSW, ACSW and Adriana Kaye, LMSW,  Monday, April 24th. 

 

May – Affirming Care for LGBTQIA Elders with Katherine Walter, LICSW, Thursday, May 25th.

More Information and Registration Coming Soon!


Senior Rights Assistance Changes Lives

“I didn’t know what I was going to do when my husband got ill. Senior Rights Assistance (SRA) was just perfect for what I needed. The staff are just the best, and they put a whole load off my mind. Over several months, whenever I didn’t’ know where to turn, [the volunteer lawyer] just guided me. I just can’t say enough about this woman, she did everything step by step and she’d keep up encouragement… if she didn’t know the answer, she’d make sure that she’d get it. It’s not always easy doing all these things because it’s complicated, but it’s easy working with someone who makes it very simplified. If somebody needed legal help, I’d send them to Sound Generations.”

Golden Gala Auction Items Are Live!

Are you ready to ease on down the yellow brick road? Sound Generations 38th Annual Golden Gala is right around the corner, the event will take place on Oct 1st, at 6pm at the Seattle Airport Marriott. But, the auction is open now – and more items are on the way! Click the button below to view the amazing items we have to help support aging adults in King County! If you haven’t registered for the auction yet, use the same link below.

Join Us At The Golden Gala!

We are just three weeks away from hosting our largest annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 1st at the Seattle Airport Marriott! Our Golden Gala is going to be an event you don’t want to miss.  As we celebrate 55 years of existence, we want to make sure you have all the details you need to join us in this celebration whether near or far.  We very much would love to celebrate with you in person but recognize everyone’s comfort level with in-person engagement is different. Your past participation at this event has allowed us to sustain the mission and move the vision forward and we want to continue that tradition.  Participating is as easy as 1-2-3! 

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  1. Go to sggala22.givesmart.com and purchase your tickets to attend or sign-up for the online auction 
  2. Can’t attend, make a gift in lieu to show your support 
  3. Want to make a sizeable gift towards Raise the Paddle that we can leverage as a match? Reach out to Brittany Blue, brittanybl@soundgenerations.org and she will assist you in making this happen 
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The pandemic has shown us just how important our work is and that we needed to take greater steps to integrate more diversity equity and inclusion into the fabric of our work to keep up with the growing rich diversity of aging adults.   

Help us Reimaging the Tale of Aging, so we can continue extending lifelines of hope and safety to our aging neighbors. Our robust provision of services allows us to meet them where they are at while helping them focus on their health and well-being so they can live and continue to contribute to society instead of just exist. 

We need you now!  What are you waiting for? Your continued partnership would mean so much to those in need and is as easy as 1-2-3! We hope you choose to participate in some capacity!