Strategies for Promoting Mental Health and Wellness in Older Adults


This important training discussed the mental health and wellness of adults as they continue to grow older. 

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Event Description

The number of older adults in the United States is increasing and with the aging of baby boomers this increase will continue. In addition, the aging baby boomers are changing the aging experience much like they have changed other life stages prior to their older adult years. 

This webinar will provide a brief overview of the older adult population in terms of demographic characteristics, the impact of aging baby boomers, address some common misconceptions of aging and introduce the concept of healthy aging. Building upon this concept of healthy aging the webinar will provide participants strategies that can be implemented to promote mental health and wellness. Some issues related to healthy aging in rural communities will also highlighted. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the aging process as it relates to the physical, emotional, and social areas of development  

  • Identify and explain healthy aging and social comorbidities that influence the aging process 

  • Identify misconceptions of aging and barriers to healthy aging 

  • Identify strategies that can be used to promote mental health and wellness in older adults who are seeking services from healthcare and community-based agencies. 


Ken Flanagan


Dr. Kenneth Flanagan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Dakota. He currently serves as a curriculum developer for the Mountain Plains Mental Health and Addiction Technology Transfer Centers.  Dr. Flanagan holds a license as a clinical social worker and provides counseling and behavioral management services with a clinical focus on depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and chronic pain. He received his MSW and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Flanagan has held a range of clinical and administrative positions in healthcare and community-based organizations.

April 19, 2023
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