Meeting the Challenge of Younger Adults in Long-Term Care

Recorded Webinar: Meeting the Challenge of Younger Adults in Long-Term Care

Date: July 27, 2016
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
Speaker: Rebecca L. Ferrini , MD, MPH, CMD

This program highlights issues with the fastest growing populations in the long-term care industry, with extremely different conditions, needs, and expectations than the typical long-term care patient.


Younger adults are the fastest growing sub-population in long-term care (LTC), increasing from 8% twenty years ago to 16% today. These individuals are a varied group that are characterized by longer stays, additional Medicaid funding, and different psychosocial needs, health concerns, and expectations than their elder cohort. Subjects such as belongings management, boundaries, technology use, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, autonomy, boredom, and behavioral health pose challenges in the LTC environment, exacerbated by the need to comply with LTC regulations which were not designed for younger adults. This program will use a case-study approach to illustrate a model to cope with the various challenges a nursing home may encounter, accounting for individual perspectives, regulations, staff roles and responsibilities, the need for engagement and meaning and the importance of nurturing long-term relationships to reduce risk.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the demographic trends associated with the rise of younger adults in LTC
  • Describe psycho-social needs and wants of younger adults
  • Identify common challenges surrounding care of younger adults
  • Utilize a framework to identify an approach that meets the needs of the resident and facility, is adherent with the regulations, and promotes mutually positive long-term relationships

Credit Information


1.5 management

CME/CMD Credits available until July 2019.

Nursing Credits:
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Maryland Nurses Association an accredited approver by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.”

Program Code: LA16-12-524-301 1.5 contact hours

Contact hours available until May 24, 2019.



Speaker Biography:

Rebecca Ferrini, MD, MPH, CMD, is currently the Medical Director for San Diego County’s Edgemoore Facility. She obtained her MD at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Ferrini has also published many works in the long-term care field giving special attention to the younger adult population living in these settings. She is the chief developer of the Society’s Younger Adult in the Long-Term Care Setting Tool Kit and will be conducting trainings throughout several states to help caregivers provide a higher quality of care to these younger adult residents.

Speaker Disclosures:

All members of the education and online education committees have no financial relationships to disclose. The speaker has no financial relationships to disclose.