Assisted Living

2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention

AL-4 - Preventing and Responding to Bullying Between Older Adults

Tuesday, October 9
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
CE: NAB: 1.5 | Nurses 1.5

Strong social bonds are an important aspect of successful aging, but group dynamics often involve conflict and tension, and staff at assisted living communities may be called upon to respond to instances of bullying or aggression between residents. How can we manage the bullying, aggression, and hurt that often arise when people share spaces? We will examine how to identify bullying behavior, strategies for preventing bullying, successful interventions when bullying is taking place, and ways to support staff in creating a welcoming atmosphere. We’ll pay special attention to preventing bullying where the aggression is based on a person’s minority status, such as bullying that targets people of specific ethnic and/or racial identities, genders, disabilities, sexual orientations, or religions. Exercises will also address how to intervene in conflicts when one or more parties involved are also struggling with mental illness or dementia. The session will conclude with an overview of existing training programs and resources that can support staff in creating a space where everyone feels welcome, as well as organizational policies and programs that have proven effective in preventing bullying or other aggressive and hurtful behavior.

Learning Objectives:

Tim R. Johnston, PhD

Director of National Projects
SAGE | Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders

Tim R. Johnston, Ph.D., is the Director of National Projects at Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). He is responsible for directing SAGE’s national training initiatives, developing training curricula and providing consulting services to both aging and LGBT service providers.

In addition to training, Tim oversees key national grants and projects, such as SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the US Administration for Community Living’s Senior Medicare Patrol Integration project, and elements of SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative.

Before coming to SAGE, Tim taught Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. He has written scholarly and popular articles on gender and LGBT identity, and his first book, Affirmation, Care Ethics and LGBT Identity was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. Tim is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and meetings.


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