245087 Working with wisdom: Providing HIV/AIDS services to older persons

Monday, October 31, 2011: 5:10 PM

Brian Witt, MPH , Mecklenburg County Health Department, Charlotte, NC
Providers of services to Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are encountering more and more older clients. These include newly infected individuals who are middle aged and older, and PLWHA, benefitting from treatments, who are surviving longer. Older PLWHA present unique challenges regarding sexual attitudes and practices, face both HIV-related diseases and age-related health issues, and have different social and familial interactions. They also have special needs in dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. This presentation will review effective interventions that are responsive to the needs of this age group, and identify ways in which providers can equip themselves for successfully intervening to achieve desired goals.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify special concerns of older persons living with HIV/AIDS Describe effective interventions to meet the special needs of older PLWHA

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Aging

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: 15 years working in HIV/AIDS services including prevention education and prevention case management
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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