Palliative and End-of-Life Care with Older Adults

Live Interactive Webinar  
Instructor: Judith L. Howe, Ph.D., MPA and Nicholas Koufacos, LCSW, ACHP-SW  
Level: Intermediate  
CEs: 2.5
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers working in palliative care.
Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction: Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use group discussions. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion. Login information will be emailed to all program participants in advance of the start of the program.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software.

The course examines the demographic trends and impacts associated with the aging of the U.S. population, the biopsychosocial dynamics and challenges of serious illness in later life for patients and caregivers, and guidelines for palliative and end-of-life social work practice with older adults and their family caregivers. The course aims to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in providing palliative and end-of-life social work to older adults and their families and caregivers, including the ability to identify and analyze the impact of dementia in life-limiting illness and at the end of life and provide strategies to encourage self-care among family caregivers. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the impacts of longevity and the aging of society on the health and well-being of older adults, their families and communities 
  2. Explain the distinct biopsychosocial/spiritual challenges facing older adults living with advanced illness and dementia 
  3. Identify and analyze the impacts of ageism and cumulative inequities on health in later life 
  4. Apply best practices in palliative and end-of-life social work for older adults and their family caregivers 
  5. Examine assessment, intervention and evaluation strategies when working with family caregivers


  • 11 - 11:15 a.m. ET: Course overview and introductions
  • 11:15 - noon ET: Overview of older adults
  • Noon - 12:50 p.m. ET: Palliative and end of life care with older adults and family caregivers
  • 12:50 - 1 p.m. ET: Break
  • 1 - 1:35 p.m. ET: Cases from the field with discussion
  • 1:35 - 1:45 p.m. ET: Wrap-up
Judith Howe smiles at the camera. They are wearing a black and white shirt and a black blazer.

Judith L. Howe, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Professional Education Instructor
Judith Howe is professor in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and associate director…
Nicholas Koufacos smiles at the camera wearing a suit and tie.

Nicholas Koufacos, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Professional Education Instructor
Nicholas Koufacos, LCSW, ACHP-SW, is a clinical social worker and the senior education specialist at the VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center…
Completion Requirements for Live Interactive Webinars

Live, interactive webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in a Zoom meeting. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must also complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Receiving CEs is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?
Upon completing the webinar evaluation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records.