Stress Increases Cognitive Decline Risks: Take Care of Yourself & Your Staff

Care Providers; Programs and Resources

​​​​Recent study findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found an independent association between perceived stress and higher prevalence of poor cognition – 1.37 times higher. The new findings show a need for regular screenings and more interventions to help individuals reduce stress. ​​​​

The workforce crisis and COVID-19 exacerbated the demands and pressures faced by staff creating even more challenges for those who work in long term care. Self-care is an essential and purposeful retention strategy.   

ahcancalED offers online courses to address the need for self-care and resiliency. These mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques net tangible results that can help put self-care back into daily routines and support employees in what they do best – caring for others. 

  • Self-Care: The Secret to Surviving! is an abbreviated course meant for frontline staff struggling with daily work and life stresses. The session includes an interactive quiz to help individuals measure their stress levels followed by strategies that can be individualized to cope with that stress. Managers and supervisors are encouraged to make this course available to staff members experiencing stress and to use it as preventative tool to help employees. This 34-minute learning session does not come with CEs.  

    • ​$25 for AHCA/NCAL members and $65 for non-members.  
    • $350 AHCA/NCAL Member Only One-Year Facility Subscription Fee (Facilities will use one individual's login to access the material throughout the year that may viewed individually or in small groups as part of staff in-service trainings.)  

  • ​Improving Staff Resiliency and Retention: An Action Plan that Works is a more in-depth course aimed at reinvigorating individual passion for long term care by providing the tools and resources needed to decrease stress levels and help other team members do the same. After attending this session, participants will be able to: 

    • ​Identify stressful situations within their environment 
    • Employ stress reduction techniques that work 
    • Decrease their overall perceived stress levels 
$199 for members and $249 for non-members. 3.50 NAB CEs and 3.0 contact hours through the Iowa Board of Nursing.   

Individuals will need to login to ahcancalED with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords to register for either course. For assistance obtaining usernames and passwords, members should e-mail with their name and facility contact information.