Applications of Behavioral Gerontology for Older Adults with Neurocognitive Disorder

Applications of Behavioral Gerontology for Older Adults with Neurocognitive Disorder​
Jonathan Baker, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Western Michigan University
Saturday, July 15th, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:50pm
1.5 BACB Type II CEUs (included in the price of registration)

The proportion of the United States population over the age of 65 has steadily increased throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century. Adults over the age of 65 are projected to account for 20% of the total U.S. population by the year 2030 and 24% by 2060 (Colby & Ortman, 2014). Although increases in longevity and a growing aging population signal advances in care and improvements in quality of life, they are also accompanied by age-related diseases. neurocogntivie disorder (formerly dementia) is one of the most common chronic illnesses and is currently the only top 10 chronic illness in the Unites States that is on the rise (it is also the 6th leading cause of death). Although the prevalence of neurocognitive disorder is relatively low at age 65 (approximately 5%), it increased with age (reaching nearly 50% by age 85). Despite the fact that neurocognitive disorder is a collection of neurodegenerative diseases, researchers have shown over the past four decades that a behavior analytic approach can both reduce challenging behaviors and ameliorate behavioral deficits that are often attributed to the disease process. This presentation will discuss the impact of neurocognitive disorder on the behavior of older adults, as well as review the assessment and intervention literature aimed at supporting older adults with neurocognitive disorder.

Jonathan Baker, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Jonathan Baker is a clinical faculty specialist in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University. Prior to joining WMU, he was an associate professor and coordinator of the gerontology certificate program, as well as a faculty member in the behavior analysis and therapy program in the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University. He received a certificate in gerontology from the University of Kansas, a masters in applied behavior science from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. Dr. Baker is on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and serves on the editorial board for the Analysis of Verbal Behavior, The European Journal of Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Development, and Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice. Dr. Baker is the former president of the Mid-American Association of Behavior Analysis and former chair of the Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group with ABAI.