271204 A behavioral health education series for older adults and their caregivers

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Elaine T. Jurkowski, MSW, PhD , School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
The Caregiver Education Series, is a series of eight specific modules designed to enhance the coping of the caregiver and family members through scientific and educational resources. Each therapeutic workbook and accompanying CD provides an overview of information about a specific neurological or behavior aspect of a psychiatric disorder and provides the opportunity for the individual to develop an individualized action plan to better cope and adapt. The series designed through the use of the Self Efficacy Model (Bandura, 2005) and Prohaska and DiClemente's Stages of Change (1988) theoretical frameworks also utilizes a behavioral health education approach in the development of the series. Behavioral health literacy refers to understanding how the lack of knowledge and awareness about mental health is related to myths about self-reliance, susceptibility and treatment. This project aimed to develop an effective intervention through some educational tools which can promote an understanding of various mental health issues and topics that are important to the older adult and their caregivers. The tools, consisting of an educational CD and accompanying workbook, will prepare people to develop a personal care plan for themselves, or encourage them to seek additional mental health resources through their primary care providers, as need be, through the use of the health behavior models. The goal of this intervention was to provide health information which will help consumers and their families make informed health decisions and seek care based on informed decision making. Clinical trials revealing the efficacy of this intervention will also be discussed.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1.Describe how health promotion frameworks can be used to undergird the development of educational resources. 2.Explain the impact of a caregiving intervention. 3.Identify some components of an intervention model to promote behavioral health literacy.

Keywords: Caregivers, Health Literacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conceptualized this intervention, developed the materials for the workbook and worked with community providers to field test this material. In addition, I have set up the clinical trials to field test the materials and look at the efficacy of these tools.
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.