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The ACT (Aging Coalition Trainers) Program is a project that trains older
adult volunteers to provide information to other older adults in group settings. Topics include
mental health, substance abuse, suicide prevention, depression, advocacy skills and loc
l, state and national resources pertaining to the
mental health and substance abuse treatment of older adults.. These volunteers will go to local senior centers, churches, high rises and other places where seniors gather to train/education other older adults in a group settings.
The goal of the program is to provide basic training so they become educated regarding the normal issues of aging, behavioral health issues in older adults, how medical issues and behavioral health issues are intertwined, and how to use available resources in their community. In addition, older adult volunteers and participants will gain a better understanding of basic advocacy skills and public policy issues that affect older adults.
The ACT volunteers will then be a better prepared and educated group of older adults who have the necessary skills to advocate on their behalf and on behalf of other peers and family members. These skills will allow them to be a part of a growing and diverse population of older adults in the State of Pennsylvania.
The training consists of these modules:
The Mental Health System, Structure and Service Delivery
The Aging System, Structure and Service Delivery
Late Life Depression, Warning Signs and Symptoms
Abuse and Misuse of Drugs, Alcohol and Other Substances
Older Adults, Suicide, and Suicide Prevention
Basic Advocacy Skills 101
Local, State and National Resources Available for Older Adults
Approximately eight to twelve older adult volunteers will be identified for each region of the state, which includes the Northeast, Northwest, Central, Southeast and Southwest. These identified volunteers will each choose three training locations in their region to target their training efforts. Completion of these trainings will be within three months of receiving their training completion certificate.
Contact the Coalition (
) for more information.
The ACT Program is made possible through a grant from the
van Ameringen Foundation
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