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The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. offers continuing education seminars on a wide variety of topics of interest to the aging network. Typically held from 9:00-12:15 p.m., the seminars are both informative as well as approved for continuing education units (CEUs) for Social Workers and Counselors (Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board), Nurses (Ohio Nurses Association) and Nursing Home Administrators (Ohio Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators).

Registration for training seminars may be mailed, faxed or emailed. Registration confirmations may be mailed, faxed or emailed to you.

Trainings are held at the Area Agency Training Center, 2131 Park Ave. West, Suite 300 in Ontario.

Checks payable to:

Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
2131 Park Avenue West
Ontario, OH 44906


The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Orientation to the Aging Network is a  course for anyone involved with the aging network and serving older Ohioans, including Area Agency on Aging staff, aging services staff, direct service organizations, elder law attorneys, boards and advisory council members, long-term care facility administrators and staff, students, clergy, caregivers and other interested individuals.  For over 20 years, experienced professionals have provided an introduction to the aging network, aging programs and services, demographic trends and the organizations, agencies and funding sources that comprise the aging network in this training. In addition to this overview, the training provides referral information on programs and services available in Area Agency on Aging 9-county service area and statewide programs.  Attendees will leave with contact information and eligibility requirements of programs and services for the aging population.


The first session will give participants knowledge of what an Area Agency on Aging is, how it is funded, who the agency assists from a local and statewide perspective.  How they can connect and refer to these programs. At the conclusion of the course participants will have an understanding of the aging network. Participants will receive contact information eligibility requirements for programs and services for the aging population. Many aging professionals and lay people do not know where to refer an older adult for services, this training will provide this information.


Teresa Cook is the Vice President of Administrative Services at the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and has over 20 years of experience with the agency.

CEU APPROVAL: Nursing Home Administration


Lacking effective communication skills is common among the clients we serve.  While there are many changes, they can make to maximize their effectiveness, three skill sets they can grow in are improving their communication style, knowing about and using their personality type, and learning about their emotional intelligence and how it impacts their interactions with others.  In this Seminar, participants will learn how to help clients communicate more effectively with others.  They will be able to help clients communicate more effectively with others.  They will be able to help clients identify their Personality Type and how it impacts their interaction with others, and Define what Emotional Intelligence is, and how it affects their client's ability to relate to others.  Lastly, they will apply these new skills in helping clients using case scenarios.  


  • Learn how to help clients communicate more effectively with others;
  • Be able to help clients identify their Personality Type and how it impacts their interaction with others;
  • Define what Emotional Intelligence is, and how it affects their client's ability to relate to others;
  • Apply these new skills in helping clients using case scenarios.


        Thomas O'Reilly is a results-orientated, compassionate solution facilitator with over 35 years of combined experience in management, counseling, public speaking, and helping others.  He is an analytical thinker, who finds ways to invest in people and motivate them to achieve their full potential.


        Ethics are at the root of all service and professional practices – and guide our decisions and actions on a daily basis as we struggle to “do the right thing”. The end of life presents particularly difficult questions and dilemmas that preparation and thought must be given to. This workshop will explore some of the ethical principles that guide this thinking and help the participant explore and articulate actions and perspectives that support dignity and compassion in end of life concerns. Since we all have our own ideas about what is right and what is wrong – and methods to tell the difference – it is imperative to ground ourselves in principles that guide our professional decision making to protect the public, the practitioner and the profession we represent.


        • Increase self-awareness and develop an ability to articulate the interplay of personal values and professional behavior regarding end of life concerns
        • Identify the components and benefits of advance directives - and effective documentation and communication of these wishes
        • Discuss the ethical nature of end of life care and decisions
        • Recognize difference and diversity in attitudes and responses to death, dying and bereavement
        • Identify resources and interventions most helpful in assisting clients and families through this phase of decision making and transition

        This disorder has become popular in the past year or so, largely due to the TV show, but it has caused tremendous problems for those who possess it and their families for much longer than that. While relatively little is known about it, seminar participants will learn what are believed to be the causes of a hoarding disorder, how to identify the symptoms of it, how to have an effective intervention, and the latest information on how to most effectively treat it.


        This workshop will assist participants in the understanding of the various symptoms and chronic manifestations of stress and their common sources.  Stress affects all clients and families in their abilities to cope with and implement skills to deal with the problems and dilemmas they may face.  The professional will be aided to explore the role of attitudes and perceptions in the development and management of stress and responses to it - including how to effect change and teach these skills to clients in varied and effective methods.  This will help participants understand the need to help others develop the inner resources to apply and strengthen the ability to manage stress in their lives more healthfully and productively.  By further understanding the on-going impact that stress has on peoples' lives and the importance of developing adaptive strategies participants will be better equipped to assist the individuals that they are engaged with toward safer and more positive behavior and development.


        • Identify major concepts, manifestations and definitions of the stress-response phenomenon
        • Relate the importance of attitudes and perceptions to the development and management of stress
        • Identify positive coping mechanisms and stress management techniques that be can be used to deal with and alleviate stress
          • and how best to  convey and teach these to clients and families
        • Identify the impact of stress on safety issues and concerns


        Those in the helping professions often have high rates of stress which can become chronic and affect both the quality of their work with clients and their personal lives. Several recent research studies have focused on this phenomenon; describing, comparing and contrasting the concepts of burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma symptoms for those in the helping professions. This workshop illustrates these research findings and then focuses on the risk factors for developing one of these conditions. It then provides an interactive format for participants to discuss both prevention and or treatment strategies for burnout and compassion fatigue in their own situations in working with clients and their families.


        • To describe & differentiate the signs of burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary trauma for professional caregivers
        • To identify common characteristics of those who maintain a positive or balanced outlook
        • To describe 13 ways of preventing burnout & compassion fatigue and maintaining a balanced outlook


        When you hear the words “senior citizen,” does it conjure up images of sweet-tempered silver-haired individuals who are determined not to be a burden to others?  Not all seniors fit this stereotype.  Some are ill-tempered, controlling, irrational, and even violent, and they provoke fear in others who must live in close proximity to them.  This workshop addresses the issue of seniors who bully their peers.  Attendees will learn why senior bullying occurs, who tends to be the target, how to identify both perpetrators and victims, and how to intervene in situations involving senior bullying.


        • Be aware of the common signs and features of senior bullying
        • Gain insight into why senior bullying occurs
        • Know what to look for in terms of victim symptoms that indicate someone is being targeted by a senior bully
        • Obtain tips as to how to prevent and/or intervene situations on senior bullying
        • Discuss how to address the situation when the bully or the target or both have dementia
        • Practice bullying interventions by addressing case studies of real incidents of senior bullying


        Students will list the similarities and differences between Medicare and Medicaid in Ohio. Students will identify and describe current Medicare Issues and their impact on patients and those who work in health and social services.

        The value of good ethics cannot be underestimated, and no one would dare argue that point. The reality that it is a topic that has no clear and concrete answers keeps us pursuing answers to the question, “What would you do in this situation?” Participants will review the basic principles of Ethics, will engage in case scenarios & apply these principles, and will dialogue about what limitations exist that define the parameters of Ethics.