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Technology for Optimal Aging Certificate Program

"Considerations Across the Spectrum"


a unique opportunity for For Post-graduate and professional development

for those professionals in the OT/COTA/PT/PTA field

In partnership with WIND (Wyoming Institute for Disabilities) & Good Samaritan Society

Technology for Optimal Aging is an online certificate program that will review the aging process, aging demographics, theories of aging, available technology, importance of technology in aging and implementation of no-tech to high tech interventions. The program is comprised of four courses. Each course involves weekly lectures, quizzes and interactive discussions. At the conclusion of the certificate participants will: gain a general understanding of Aging and Ageism; summarize and define various types of technology; understand the theories of aging; and assess and implement appropriate use of technology.

The Wyoming Center on Aging(WyCOA) provides credible education and resources to professionals, caregivers, students, and educators. With Wyoming projected to have one the most significant increases in the aging  population by 2030, our mission is to optimize the health and wellbeing of Wyoming’s older residents well into the future. Technology plays a critical role in the ability to age well and in place.  WyCOA upholds our mission by supporting the reality of the benefit of technology. This course seeks to empower healthcare professionals by providing tools to appropriately assess and implement technology for an aging population.  Brought to you in partnership with Good Samaritan Society and WIND (Wyoming Institute for Disabilities).  Please let WyCOA know if you need any accommodations.

Is this course right for me...?

This unique four course program can be taken one course at a time for $50.00 per course or $150.00 if you register for all four courses. This certificate program may be right for you if:
  1. You work with the geriatric population in the rehabilitation or caregiving setting
  2. You work as an OT, COTA, PT, or PTA
  3. You are interested in learning more about prescribing and implementing assistive technology and matching the person to technology
  4. You are able to learn via an online platform and have two hours per week to dedicate to assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc.
  5. You want Continuing Education credits (12 per course)


If you would like to enroll, follow the link below!

-          For individual course registration, select “Aging 101 (Fall 2017)”

-          Four full program registration, select “Technology for Optimal Aging: Considerations Across a Spectrum – Full Program”

All courses are non-refundable. If you need more information or want to know if this course is appropriate for you, please download the Program Brochure here or contact WyCOA.



Instructor Biographies:

Bernard Steinman, Ph.D.: Dr.  Steinman is a gerontologist with interest on late life vision impairments and their effects on functioning and health. He is an Assistant Professor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at  The University of Wyoming.

Lynn Gitlow, Ph.D., OTR/L, ATP: Dr. Gitlow is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience in geriatrics, assuasive technology and mental health. She has been an occupational therapy educator for 20 years. She currently teaches Technology Interventions for Occupational Therapists at Ithaca College.

Brenda Lynch, M.S. is the training consultant for LivingWell@Home remote monitoring service at the Good Samaritan Society. Ms. Lynch holds a M.S. in Educational Technology. She has 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of courses ranging from high school Spanish to adult learning and corporate training. 

Ryan Rausch, OTR/L, ATP is an Assistive Technology Professional at the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. In this position he oversees duties related to the Assistive Technology Act, which includes providing device demonstrations, managing the device loan library, training and technical assistance, fostering collaboration with device reuse entities, and educating on alternative financing.




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