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Disciplines: Speech-Language Pathology
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Amy Hasselkus, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Fayron Epps, PhD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Janet Simon Schreck, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, FNAP
  • Kathryn M. Kilpatrick M.A. CCC/SLP
Item#: O2517
Contents: 1 Course Book

Healthy Aging

Price $19.95
Item # O2517
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Expiration Date: April 30, 2021

This intermediate course reviews essential information needed to care for an increasingly aging population.  It is designed to help speech-language pathologists (SLPs) encourage, teach, and guide older adults to actively practice healthy lifestyles. This course provides SLPs who work with older adults additional knowledge in the field of geriatrics that will allow them to provide quality care to improve patient outcomes. SLPs will be able to recognize the needs of older adult clients and develop person-centered plans to support optimal living and promote healthy aging. Additionally, this course will set the stage for developing a healthier society in which people can age well and successfully.


This program is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate-Level, Related Area)

Course Objectives

  • Identify key concepts for healthy living
  • Identify the key attributes for supporting the older adult to stay healthy
  • Identify the common health conditions associated with aging
  • Identify essential components of providing high-quality health care for adults
  • Identify key elements that constitute a safe environment for older adults

Amy Hasselkus, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified speech-language pathologist. Amy obtained her MA in speech-language pathology from the University of Georgia and worked in a hospital in Harrisburg, PA, providing services to children and adults with speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She then went to work for ASHA before getting a second MA in communication (with a focus on health communication) from George Mason University. She now teaches as an adjunct instructor at George Mason and a local community college and works on continuing education programs for speech-language pathologists.

Fayron Epps, PhD, RN, has been a registered nurse for 16 years. She recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. She is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. Additionally, Dr. Epps serves as adjunct faculty with the Louisiana State University Life Course and Aging Center. She is an active member with numerous professional organizations, including the Gerontological Society of America, National Gerontological Nurses Association, and International Dementia Scholars Collaborative. Most recently she has been elected to the Board of Directors for Louisiana Enhancing Aging with Dignity through Empowerment and Respect (LEADER). Dr. Epps’ career goal as a nurse scholar is to promote health across the life span by increasing the quality of life for family caregivers and recognizing the multidimensional complexities of supporting older adults through nursing research, education, and service. Her program of research involves evidence-based practices for promoting quality of life for persons with dementia and their family caregivers. Dr. Epps has presented her research at local, regional, and national conferences. In addition, she has published in the Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, Geriatric Nursing, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Research in Gerontological Nursing, and Journal of Research Practice.



Financial – The authors received an honorarium from Western Schools for this work.

Nonfinancial – No nonfinancial relationships disclosed by any authors.

Janet Simon Schreck, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, FNAP is licensed and certified speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of clinical and research experience in healthcare and university settings focusing on adults with acquired neurogenic disorders of communication, cognition, and swallowing. Schreck earned her BA and MS in Speech-Language-Pathology from Loyola University Maryland and her PhD in Gerontology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She presents nationally on the topic of prevention, assessment, and treatment of cognitive-communication disorders in older adults.

Kathryn Kilpatrick M.A. CCC/SLP is geriatric communication and life enhancement consultant, a memory fitness coach and a national motivational speaker with more than 40 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist primarily in the area of home health care. She is the president of Communication Connection and Memory Fitness Matters and the author of more than 30 products for stroke rehabilitation, memory fitness and keep your brain sharp activities.

Kathryn's focus is to enhance the quality of life of older adults while providing education and support for their family, friends and care partners.



Financial – The peer reviewers received an honorarium from Western Schools for this work.

Nonfinancial – The peer reviewers have no other relevant financial or nonfinancial interests to disclose.


  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course to earn ASHA CEUs and/or receive a certificate of completion.
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