Training Videos

Many of CCERAP’s training meetings are recorded and posted on our web site.  These trainings qualify for Continuing Education Units (CLE) for long-term care ombudsmen and social workers.   Each training video has supporting information available to download.

Many of these are large and may take some time to download.

Practical Information on Supported Decision Making (SDM) and Elders

This training will explore Supported Decision Making.  Supported Decision Making (SDM) is a individualized, person-centred process that allows a person with diminished capacity to retain their decision-making capability by selecting friends, family members, professionals, or others to serve as advisors. These advisors help the person to understand and communicate decisions.  Supported Decision Making is a growing alternative to guardianship and conservatorship.  Following an overview of SDM, this training will discuss capacity, implications of guardianship, consequences of a lack of autonomy, and provide practical information on the SDM process and its limitations.

Opioids and Older Adults: A Community and Medical Perspective

Health care providers, as well as federal and state governments, are faced with solving this country’s devastating opioid epidemic. Millions of Americans experience chronic pain and are desperate to seek relief. For older adults, chronic pain is an increasingly common condition with debilitating and costly consequences.

Untangling the Complexities of Elder Financial Abuse and Exploitation

Millions of older Americans are targeted for financial exploitation, telemarketing fraud, internet fraud, and other scams (AARP, 1999). The 2011 MetLife study estimated a total loss to elder victims totaling an annual $2.9 billion from financial fraud alone.


1 in 20 Americans are severe hoarders! This means that functional space in their homes is very limited. Many cannot use their kitchens to cook, their bathrooms to bathe and their bedrooms to sleep. More men than women experience this disorder.


Malnutrition is defined by the WHO as deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person’s intake of energy and/or nutrients.  The term covers two broad groups of conditions – undernutrition and overweight.  

Guardianships, Powers of Attorney, and other Decision Makers

Guardianships, Powers of Attorney, and other Decision Makers

Compassion in the Matter of Life and Death: Colorado's Death with Dignity Law

  1. Mortality, Morality and Honor: The End-of-Life Paradigm
  2. Please, I Want to Die: Why My Father, Charles, and I Were Inspired to Initiate the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act as a Ballot Initiative
  3. Colorado’s Death with Dignity Law: A Legal Perspective

Supporting the Aging Driver

Older Driver Safety: The Role of Family, Friends and Providers

Medical Fitness to Driver Evaluations

Keeping Colorado Roads Safe

Abuse In Later Life

Approximately 10,000 people turn 65 years old every day. As the population ages, the number of reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults is rising. In many cases, the abuser is an intimate partner, adult child or other family member or caregiver of the older victim. This seminar will address how to identify and effectively respond to domestic violence in later life. Using case studies, this interactive workshop will focus on the dynamics of abuse in later life; practical strategies to address safety needs and to enhance the quality life of older victims.

Revisiting Colorado’s Mandatory Reporting One Year After Passage

What Are the Professional Challenges in Detecting, Reporting, Investigating and Prosecuting Elder Abuse?

Compassion Fatique and Vicarious Trauma

Learn the distinct differences between sympathy, empathy, and compassion; as well as the differences between compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma.

Physiological Aspects of Aging and Psychosocial Implications

The presenter will focus on the biopsychosocial changes associated with aging and its impact on sexual functioning. The Genitourinary systems (the reproductive organs and the urinary system) in relationship to sexuality and aging will also be discussed.

Sexuality in Long-Term Care: Finding Ways to Balance the Expression of Sexuality While Minimizing Associated Risks and Protecting Vulnerable Residents

Cindy Webb presents the difference between sexual and non-sexual behavior, how our individual value systems make the job more difficult and influence the way we respond. She will discuss ways to determine consent and when it’s necessary to intervene and notify appropriate entities. Cindy will recommend interventions and provide case studies.

Understanding and Dealing with the Challenges of Hoarding Disorder

1 in 20 Americans are severe hoarders! This means that functional space in their homes is very limited. Many can not use their kitchens to cook, their bathrooms to bathe and their bedrooms to sleep. More men than women experience this disorder.

The 3D’s: Assessment of and Interviewing Strategies with Older Victims of Abuse Presenting with Dementia, Delirium, or Depression.

Three disorders common to older adults and with overlapping symptoms, origins and consequences are referred to as the “3 D’s”: Depression, Dementia and Delirium. Overlapping symptoms can include confusion, apathy, anhedonia, emotional liability, irritability, poor concentration, memory problems, and eating/appetite change.

Responding To People With Dementia

This training was designed for law enforcement officers and other first responders as well as attorneys, APS and Long-Term Care Ombudsmen who are called upon to assist people with dementia in stressful situations.  Presenters are Amelia Schafer and Alida Loinas, Colorado Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association.

Why Are You Not Like Me? The Generational Gap in the Workplace

A challenge for professionals working with older adults and their families is trying to manage and communicate in a multigenerational workplace.  Today’s workplace is more complicated than ever with as many as five generations working together.  Kerry Mitchell, M.A.,  Lead Faculty, Regis University, discusses the differences among generations, their work styles, and how effective communication can reduce cross-generational conflict.

Elder Abuse and Medical Care: A Public Health Issue

Elder Abuse as a public health issue is expected to grow as our population ages. Find out more. An emergency room nurse, an elder law attorney, the Director of the Denver DA's Consumer Fraud Program, and Denver's Adult Protective Services provide key information and resources on how medical professionals and others are dealing with the medical implications of elder abuse, including financial exploitation.

Intimate Partner Abuse in Later Life

Three jurisdictions in Colorado received grant funds from the Office on Violence Against Women to address elder abuse.  Speakers from each jurisdiction discuss their grant project and how they have addressed the unique challenges of providing services to victims of intimate partner abuse in later life.


The aging of America is the most significant demographic trend of our time. It’s expected that by 2030 the U.S. population of people over 65 will have more than doubled from 35 million in 2000 to 71.5 million. This “aging of America” will also bring an increase in the number of people with cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other health conditions that will require guardianship of incapacitated older adults.

Transforming the Culture of Aging: Self-Directed Living in all Settings

Self-directed living, person-centered care, culture change...
These are terms used to define a dynamic movement that is taking place in how we relate to and care for older people, whether the care takes place in one’s own home or in a long-term care setting.

CCERAP Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse

Most states have mandatory reporting of elder abuse. Colorado does not.

The Hidden Costs of Elder Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse decimates incomes both great and small, engenders health care inequities, fractures families, reduces available health care options, and increases rates of depression among elders.  Elder financial abuse can impact an older person by eradicating nearly all of his or her financial resources and unlike younger people, older adults have little or no time to recoup those losses.

Senior Hunger in Colorado: An Aging Population, A Growing Need

Hunger is a major problem within the senior community.  In Colorado, the number of older adults experiencing a threat of hunger has increased 78% from 2001 to 2010.

Facing the Challenges of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most heartbreaking and burdensome diseases this country is facing, especially for families and caregivers.

PEAK & The Affordable Care Act

The Colorado Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK) is the flagship tool that will allow the State to meet these new service needs.

YOU and the New Uniform Power of Attorney Law-Part I & Part II

Part I: The New Law and Colorado
Part II: Implications of the UPOA (Questions and Answers)

Mary Catherine Rabbit, The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People; Tom Rodriguez, Elder Law Attorney; Scott Storey, District Attorney, 1st Judicial District; Dave Bernhart, Adult Protection Attorney for Denver; and Theresa Bradbury, Investigator, Colorado Attorney General’s Office share their perspectives on Colorado’s Uniform Power of Attorney Law which took effect in January, 2010.  The new law provides important new safeguards and avenues of prosecution.

Reaching Out: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults

Vickie Rodgers and Teresa Legault of Senior Reach talk about how to reach isolated, frail adults who may need mental health and care management services.  Senior Reach is a model program that provides an innovative way for communities and local service agencies to work together to provide care management or mental health services.

Looking at Competency in Older Adults: Clinical and Legal Perspectives

Manfred Diehl, Ph.D., Professor, Colorado State University; John Crumblin, Ph.D, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; and M. Carl Glatstein, Elder Law Attorney, Denver, discuss what families and individuals can do to prepare for cognitive decline in a loved one including understanding the kinds of evaluations necessary when competency is an issue.
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