A Practical Guide to a Caregiver’s Challenges and Choices


Date:   September 1 and September 22, 2021

Time:  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 Location: Online 


This special opportunity will be a virtual tw0 day event (one hour each) complemented with hands-on field experience (participants own homes/residences) using Challenges and Choices, a unique problem-identification tool that helps determine what is really important to older adults and their significant others.   

Here’s how it works:

  • Seven to ten days prior to the initial virtual session, (August 18th), registered participants will receive, via USPS or UPS, the Challenges and Choices kit, (valued at $29.95), which will include the following:
    • A 9 x 15” magnetized board
    • Twenty-five pre-printed behavior/problem/issues cards most frequently encountered when working or caregiving with older adults
    • Five write your own blank cards for added flexibility
    • A dry erase pen/marker
    • The Administration Guide and Technical Supplement Manual
  • Participants review the Challenges and Choices kit in their own home(s) at their leisure.
  • Join the sixty-minute Zoom session on August 18th.
  • Practice the administration scoring and interpretation of Challenges and Choices with two subjects, (preferably older adults, if safety is available, or secure with a friend or neighbor for the  second  subject).
  • Take screen shots via your smartphone of the results and e-mail them to Dr. William Gingold at williamgingold@gmail.com at least five (5) days prior to the second session.
  • Join the second sixty-minute Zoom session on September 1st for a review and summary of outcomes and related interventions.
  • Shortly after completing the second Zoom session, participants will receive an e-mail which will provide them with an opportunity to evaluate the offering.  Participants will then submit the evaluation and receive a certificate indicating that they have earned four (4) Continuing Education Units.

Upon completion of this program, you should be able to:  

  • Define how to use Challenges and Choices with different older adults and their significant “others” in different service settings
  • Recognize how to review, analyze, and summarize results
  • Discuss how to identify practical interventions for Challenges and Choices outcomes. 


William Gingold (Ret.), PhD, MHA, CSA, CHE, QMHP, QIDDP, LP, is a Clinical Psychologist, Gerontologist, Certified Senior Advisor, and Certified Healthcare Executive. He has extensive experience as a Clinician, Teacher/Trainer, Researcher, Published Author, and Hospital and Health Care Administrator. Dr. Gingold is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Family Medicine Research and Aging Services in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He previously served as Director from the Long-Term Care Training and Research Institute and the Office of Gerontology and Aging at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Director of the Health Professions Institute at Danville Area Community College.

For decades, Dr. Gingold has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards. He has received numerous regional and national awards and recognition for his community services. He was Founder and President of the nearly 30-year, Illinois-based, non-profit corporation, Active Seniors’ Options, dedicated to enhancing successful aging through collaborative efforts in education, training, research, and community services. In addition, he founded Mature Markets, Inc. over 20 years ago to serve as a social entrepreneurial incubator for innovation for non-profit and private business sectors. He continues his role as President/CEO to date. He also founded, developed, and operationalized Dr. G’s BrainWorks: The Brain Fitness Store and More. Dr. Gingold invented and developed Challenges and Choices which has been extensively used throughout the U.S. and other English speaking countries.



Conflict of Interest Policy Statement:   Faculty participating in this program are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) or unlabeled use related to the content of their presentations.



Seats are  limited so early registration is recommended. The registration fee is $79 if received by August 6.  After August 6th, the registration fee is $99. The registration fee includes the Challenges and Choices kit, instructional time and four (4) continuing education credits/units.

Registration of groups of 3 or more receive a discounted rate of $55/per person.   Reduced rate of $35 is available for CNAs, home care aides, community caregivers, veterans and students. Please call 773-930-3200 to register or for more information. 

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Register by phone:   Call (773) 930-3200, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Cancellation policyFull refund will be provided if cancelled by August 6, 2021.  No refund after August 6th.  You may send a substitute with prior notification.  

Continuing Education Credit: 

A Certificate in Professional Continuing Education for four (4) contact/clock hours total for both sessions will be provided upon completion of registration, full participation and evaluation of the program activities, for the following disciplines:

  • Counselors (Clinical/Professional)
  • Dietitians/Nutritionists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses (RNs/LPNs)
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Occupational Therapists and COTAs
  • Physical Therapists and PTAs
  • Psychologists
  • Respiratory Care Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Others (please inquire)
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