Friday, May 17, 2024

  • 05/17/2024 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    In the United States, many people experience potentially traumatic events across the life course, and some people experience long-term negative impacts from those events that affect the ways they engage with others and the care system. Given the high rates of trauma in the population, it is reasonable to believe that the older adults for which we provide care will also have high rates of trauma about which providers may or may not be aware. Trauma informed care is a system wide approach to care that aims to reduce re-traumatization and make health and social services more accessible to people who have past traumatic experiences. This presentation will cover risk factors for trauma in older adults, possible presentations of the effects of trauma, ways that individual providers and systems can become more trauma informed, and the differences between trauma informed care and trauma treatment.