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Education and Trai​ning Resources for Professionals

As people age, their bodies and minds respond differently, from how they eat and sleep, to how they are affected by medications or recover from an injury.

To recognize and respond to these differences, health care professionals and service providers at the front line of care must better understand the unique needs of older adults.

Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Senior Services offer educational and training programs for professionals working in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home health, and a variety of other settings.

These programs are designed to:

  • Promote increased sensitivity and awareness of general aging-related issues and needs
  • Improve the direct clinical skills of professionals
  • Address special issues concerning aging adults, such as sexuality and gender, long-term care directives, and dementia

Additionally, through its partnership with the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, we provide connections to other support resources for professional growth.

Current Education and Training Programs Offered for Professionals

Visit our News and Events section to learn more about our education offerings.

For more information or education and training requests, please contact us at 866-430-8742 or”

Critical Thinking Skills in Caring for Older Adults

This course is designed to address the complexity of caring for older adults. The nurse will review the history, medications, and the current atypical presentation of illness. The nurse will differentiate between normal aging versus abnormal aging changes and will anticipate potential adverse responses to treatment.

Learn more about this course.

Registration for this program is handled through WISER. Call 412-648-6073 or email

Ageless Wisdom™

Ageless Wisdom comes in two different formats: a two-hour course and a six hour train the trainer. Both can be offered to clinical and non-clinical audiences. The train the trainer course is for those who wish to teach the program.

Find more information on Ageless Wisdom.

Lost: When Wandering Turns Dangerous

This two-hour lecture focuses on older adults with dementia who may wander and could potentially become lost. Prevention, safety precautions and search and rescue strategies are discussed.