Are your parents in their golden years? Learning how to help parents or other loved ones through their transition can prepare us for our own. This compassionate and comprehensive class will give you the tools, techniques, and insights for this passage.
Growing older is a part of life. Some aspects are joyful, some bittersweet, some frustrating, some frightening. You will learn what to expect, what to watch for, how to deal with physical and emotional challenges, and where to find resources to help. You’ll understand the impact of retirement, learn how to choose a nursing home, and be prepared to deal with death. You’ll learn about financial and legal considerations, health issues, and family interpersonal relationships. You’ll be introduced to special communication skills, observation methods, and coping mechanisms to ease the burden for everyone involved. You’ll learn to handle most of the challenges you will face while coming to appreciate and cherish the privilege of the journey.
Learn a few tools and techniques for effective communication that will sustain you as your parents age. Then, explore ideas that can help you help your parent to maintain his or her zest for life as circumstances change. You will discover some activities that may not have occurred to you before.
Examine ways to change how you think about accumulating things. You will learn how artifacts and material possessions have to be dusted, insured, provided space, and otherwise cared for. Then, examine some important documents, and learn some tips on how to acquire and prepare them for yourself and your parents with minimum cost and effort.
Learn about some of the things you should discover about your parents while you still can. You will consider cash, valuables, investments, pensions, insurance policies, safe deposit boxes, personal safe combinations, and account numbers that will be invaluable to the executor of an estate. Then, learn what emotions to expect in yourself, your parents, your siblings, and others.
Explore what financial help is available to you, where to find it, and the levels or progression of help that you may need over time. Then, learn how to discuss the idea of a move with your parents, and ascertain their preferences, fears, and concerns.
Discover the five symptoms that reveal when it’s time for your parent to move to a nursing home. You will use criteria and a checklist for selection that will serve you well whether you find yourself in a sudden crisis or just ahead of a parent being released from hospital. Then, develop the communication skills you will need when the time comes to move your parent to a nursing home.
Learn practical tips to help a dying person, and a few more to help you cope. You will be encouraged to conquer your fear and reluctance enough to be fully present when death is imminent. Finally, become acquainted with various theories about grief. You will learn some tips on handling issues that might arise.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.