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Challenging Geriatric Behaviors: Root Causes and Practical Non-Medication Solutions

Behavior challenges are some of the most difficult problems family care partners and professional caregivers face when caring for an aging loved one or a person living with dementia. You will learn about the root causes of behavior challenges, a framework to assess, prevent, and manage behaviors, and a number of other non-medication-based strategies that really work!

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Objectives

  1. Apply the three-component framework of geriatric and dementia-related behaviors to understand, prevent, and manage situations that occur in your practice setting.
  2. Differentiate between those behavior changes seen with normal aging and early-stage dementia to those typical of moderate- to late-stage dementia.
  3. Analyze the principles of attachment loss and separation distress to manage the most challenging geriatric behaviors safely, effectively, confidently, and compassionately.

Outline

Key Approaches to Geriatric/Dementia-Related Behaviors 

Solve Common Challenging Geriatric Behavioral Expressions   Challenging Behaviors with Aging and Dementia 

Copyright : 10/26/2021

Medical-Legal Concerns Specific to the Care of Older Patients

Elders desire a life with good health, dignity, and peaceful death. Understanding their needs and concerns will ensure their best health possible. Knowing the legal rights of the elderly and the duties of healthcare providers will reduce liability exposure. Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant Ph.D., MS, LHRM, CCRN-K will improve your confidence in acting when mandatory reporting is required and provide you with authoritative updates to guide your practice decisions.

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Objectives

  1. Apply the CMS rules to advance care planning. 
  2. Choose the appropriate type of advance directive for a clinical scenario.
  3. Determine the best resource for interpreting a DNR order.
  4. Analyze elder abuse from a criminal and civil perspective.

Outline

Advance Care Planning 

Advance Directives Considerations  Do Not Resuscitate Orders  Elder Abuse and Neglect  Mandated Reporting Requirements 

Copyright : 10/26/2021

Brain Changes: Distinguishing Between Aging, Dementia and Depression

How do you tell when someone is experiencing a ‘senior moment’ and when it might be something more? This session will address the differences between ‘normal’ and ‘not normal’ brain aging. It will also help improve your understanding of the brain changes that occur during dementia, and the important ways in which these structural changes contribute to changes in everyday function. In addition, since dementia and depression/anxiety are often closely linked, you will learn the similarities and differences in symptoms of both conditions.

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Objectives

  1. Distinguish between ‘normal’ and ‘not normal’ processes of aging, including possible early warning signs of dementia.
  2. Analyze the different types of changes in brain structure and function during the progression of dementia.
  3. Evaluate the differences and similarities between dementia and depression/anxiety.

Outline

Differences Between ‘Normal’ and ‘Not Normal’ Aging

Brain Changes During Dementia Dementia and Depression/Anxiety

Copyright : 10/26/2021

COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Updates for the Geriatric Patient: Clinical Considerations to Optimize Protection

It’s challenging to stay current on the evolving status of COVID-19 and influenza, with mutations in both viruses impacting the efficacy of vaccinations. This session will deliver an evidence-based assessment of COVID-19 and Influenza vaccines in the geriatric population. Eric Wombwell, PharmD, BCIDP, a board-certified infectious diseases pharmacist, will deliver the very latest updates to guide optimal administration of vaccines for COVID-19 and influenza. Practitioners will conclude the training with confidence in their decision-making.

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Objectives

  1. Analyze the efficacy of currently available COVID-19 vaccines for evolving variants. 
  2. Differentiate efficacy amongst influenza vaccines in the geriatric population. 
  3. Choose the influenza vaccine most effective for a geriatric patient.

Outline

COVID-19 

Influenza 

Copyright : 10/26/2021

Brain Lesions, Cognitive Changes & Behavioral Control

Patient loads and work expectations ever increase.  Maximizing knowledge of neuroanatomy and dysfunction will assist in the selection of the most appropriate tests and programs to target challenges to patient progress. This session has been specifically designed to dive into site-specific changes within the brain that affect behavior and thinking skills.  Being able to predict patient barriers to engagement and compliance also helps clinicians to train to each patient’s individual needs. Through a comprehensive discussion across disciplines, this course will highlight the essentials every clinician needs to confidently face their cognitively impaired client.   

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Objectives

  1. Differentiate the unique functions of each cerebral hemisphere as it applies to normal function and changes to cognitive processing after neuro insult. 
  2. Analyze the specific neurological sites for emotional regulation within the brain by typical vs. atypical function after damage/degeneration.  
  3. Assess how site-specific lesions in the temporoparietal junction effect visuospatial capacity and predict features of anosognosia. 

Outline

Brain Pathophysiology & Lesion Sites 

Lobes of the Cerebral and Cerebellar Hemispheres  Deep Dive: Exploring Hidden Realms of the Brain’s Internal Processing Units 

Copyright : 10/26/2021

Drug Prescribing and Deprescribing in Older Adults

Older adults can be complex to provide care for.  There are often chronic and acute conditions, with pharmacological treatments prescribed for each.  The evidence is ever-changing.  Staying on top of current best practices for geriatric medications specifically can feel overwhelming.  Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, a Board-Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine, is going to provide a critical session with all the updates you need to incorporate into practice.  You will be able to prescribe and deprescribe with confidence! 

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Objectives

  1. Plan to minimize adverse drug events and drug-drug interactions for your patients. 
  2. Evaluate the effects of aging on pharmacokinetics. 
  3. Apply the Beers criteria or STOPP/START to geriatric patient case reviews. 
  4. Analyze prescribing and deprescribing strategies for safety and outcome achievement. 

Outline

Generalities of Physiological Aging  

Avoiding Dangerous Geriatric Drugs  Dose Adjust Medications Safely in Chronic Kidney Disease  Prevent Critical Pharmacology Errors  Deprescribing in the Elderly 

Copyright : 10/27/2021

Documentation Hazards for Geriatric Patient Care: Minimal Care Expectations & Regulatory Standards

Knowing what to chart, how to chart, and when to chart is half the battle of charting regardless of the clinical setting.  Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant Ph.D., MS, LHRM, CCRN-K, has extensive expertise testifying and through work as a risk manager.  She will delve into the very latest documentation categories that lend themselves to litigation and highlight the risks specific to the care of geriatric patients, including attention to minimal care expectations and regulatory standards.

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Objectives

  1. Determine how scribes are effectively used in clinical practice. 
  2. Differentiate between state staffing and federal staffing requirements.  
  3. Choose an implementation practice to manage polypharmacy. 
  4. Apply the standards of pain assessment to medical record entries. 
  5. Analyze physical findings that could represent forensic evidence.   
  6. Determine if a patient has malnutrition from medical record entries. 
  7. Analyze the current issues that may violate resident rights in long term care. 

Outline

Medical Scribes 

Handling of Informed Consent  Frailty Screening Tools  Nurse Staffing Standards   Polypharmacy Management  Pain Assessment  Nutrition Screening  Physical Findings in Injured Older Adults  Ethical Issues in Long Term Care 

Copyright : 10/27/2021

Empowering Geriatric Patients: Safety, Skills & Transition Decisions

Healthcare professionals are often responsible to weigh in on transitions of care for patients.  The need to evaluate for safety or activities of daily living abilities can be essential to determine the right setting for someone to reside in. Oftentimes, it takes empowering a patient to support them to achieve their highest level of functioning and performance.  Jamie Miner, PT, DPT, GCS, will provide her best practice guidance on how to be supportive, successful, and innovative with your own patients!

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Objectives

  1. Determine best practices in promoting patient engagement in the rehab process. 
  2. Develop a process for smooth transitions between levels of care. 
  3. Assess patient safety concerns for the most appropriate level of care. 

Outline

Transitions of Care 

Patient Empowerment 

Copyright : 10/27/2021

Geriatric Assessment Strategies: Atypical Symptoms & Complex Diagnoses

Geriatric patients are a vulnerable population and health care providers may be the hope that these patients need. Atypical presentation of symptoms adds a layer of complexity to accurately diagnose and treat. Both rapid and detailed assessments tools will gather key patient data to make informed decisions. Susann Varano, MD, will share her best practice tips for falls, elder mistreatment, cognitive function, depression, and general physical examination. 

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Objectives

  1. Assess the functional ability of the older adult. 
  2. Diagnose depression in the complex older adult using validated assessment tools. 
  3. Determine if elder abuse is present in your patient population. 
  4. Apply fall assessment knowledge to improve quality of life for your patients. 

Outline

Physical Assessment 

Assessment of Falls  Assessing for Elder Mistreatment  Rapid Screen for Cognitive Function  Depression Assessment Tools 

Copyright : 10/27/2021

Older Adults with Pain: Most Effective Pharmacologic and Non-Pharmacologic Therapies

Pain can very seriously impact activities of daily living and quality of life for our elderly patients. Multiple comorbidities, polypharmacy, and potential for harm make it a challenge to determine the appropriate drug, dosages, and maintenance of therapy. Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS will deliver evidence-supported updates for pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies to manage pain in the elderly.

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Objectives

  1. Analyze the pathogenesis of pain in the elderly. 
  2. Evaluate screening tools available for the treatment of pain among older adults. 
  3. Differentiate between the most effective pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for older adults with pain. 

Outline

Pathogenesis of Pain 

Assessing the Geriatric Adult for Pain   Multimodal Approaches to Pain Management 

Copyright : 10/27/2021

The Looming Dementia Epidemic: Early-Stage Interventions for Cognitive Reserve and Functional Skills

The next epidemic is coming, and we know what it is.  In 2017 the Lancet Commissions identified dementia as “the greatest global threat to health and social care of the 21st Century.”  It devastates families, and by mid-century it will have devastated our communities, our economy, and our efforts at equity.  But if we act now on dementia prevention, intervention, and care, then we can expect to make a significant impact on not just quality of life but also in terms of family, community, and the broader economic impact.  We must take quick action to dispel the myth that “there is nothing to be done” to treat dementia, which perpetuates a delay in diagnosis. Preventative and early-stage interventions are proving to be markedly most effective, but most people do not know that they exist, leading to market forces that are slowing the proliferation of early-stage services, which then perpetuates the delay in diagnosis, and on the cycle goes.

During this Summit session, Dr. Sherrie All, a leader in brain health and cognitive rehabilitation will share with you her toolbox for early-stage interventions designed to help people build and maintain cognitive reserve and functional skills to maintain independence.

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Objectives

  1. Analyze the looming dementia epidemic and the need for prevention and early detection, diagnosis and intervention. 
  2. Develop competency in your understanding of cognitive reserve and positive brain plasticity. 
  3. Prepare your toolbox of compensatory cognitive rehabilitation interventions to address early-stage cognitive decline in an effort to help patients maintain as much functional independence as possible, for as long as possible. 

Outline

The Looming Dementia Epidemic 

Prevention and Early Intervention is Key  Evidence-based Cognitive Rehabilitation Toolbox for MCI & Early-Stage Dementia 

Copyright : 10/28/2021

End of Life Care – Strategies for Comfort, Communication, Choices & Control

One of the most emotional and disruptive times in patients’ lives is when they are facing serious illness and mortality. Patients often lose function and develop pain and other symptoms. They may not know what to expect or the right questions to ask. Doing ‘whatever the family wants’ and ‘not being a burden’ become concerns. Cognitive issues may arise and often families are faced with financial needs, physical caregiving, and decision-making for their loved ones. This session will explore the role of palliative care and hospice in providing the four C’s – comfort, communication, choices, and control.

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Objectives

  1. Differentiate between palliative care and hospice care during serious illness and nearing end of life. 
  2. Develop treatment plans for pain and other common symptoms in serious illness. 
  3. Devise strategies to improve communication regarding advance care planning and bereavement. 
  4. Determine techniques to honor patient’ wishes during serious illness and end of life. 

Outline

Serious Illness and Frailty 

The Five Illness Trajectories  Palliative vs. Hospice Care  The 4 Cs- Comfort, Communication, Choices, Control 

Copyright : 10/28/2021

Fall Prevention Solutions: Today’s Best Practices, Guidelines and Standards for Individualized Care

This lecture is packed with practical solutions for your most challenging fall risk patients.  This session is built on today’s best practices, guidelines and standards in fall prevention techniques.  You are guaranteed to: 

Fall Prevention is an art and science.  There are multiple, often complex, factors to consider.  To assist a patient to avoid a fall, the plan needs to be individualized and carefully constructed.  Shelly Denes, PT, CFPS, C/NDT, CGCP, will provide the very latest updates during this important lecture!  Join her! 

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Objectives

  1. Evaluate the latest advances in fall prevention for use in your practice. 
  2. Assess a patient’s root cause for fall risk to safely restore balance, mobility and function. 
  3. Determine home based risk factors that contribute to falls and determine how these risk factors can be mitigated. 

Outline

Fall Risk Mitigation Essentials 

Predict and Prevent Falls: Tools to Evaluate Your Patients  Reduce Fall Risk and Restore Mobility and Function  

Copyright : 10/28/2021

Ethnogeriatrics: Cultural Competence for Health Care Professionals

The number and proportions of older adults from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds is growing and expected to be one-third of the population by 2050. As a result, more than ever, you are responsible to provide culturally competent care. Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, MSN, ANPCP- DNP, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in ethnogeriatrics from Stanford University and will share highlights from her vast clinical experiences caring for diverse patient populations.  An evidence-based cultural competence model will be integral to your own confident delivery of ethnogeriatric care afterwards! 

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Objectives

  1. Evaluate Kleinman’s Explanatory Model for the care of culturally diverse patients. 
  2. Differentiate the ways culture and ethnicity affect a patient’s response to healthcare providers. 
  3. Apply the concepts of cultural humility when working with patients from diverse cultural groups. 

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Copyright : 10/28/2021

Challenges to Psychosocial Well-Being with Aging and Dementia: Mental Health, Relationships, and Caregiving

Medical and physical health problems are often the focus of care for an aging adult.  However, it is often the psychosocial issues, such as mental health problems, relationship and family discord, and the burden on spousal and family caregivers that are among the most challenging to healthcare providers of seniors and those living with dementia.  In this Summit session, you will learn about the spectrum of mental health issues ranging from changes in emotional expression to depression and anxiety, stress, and PTSD.  Understanding the needs of spousal and family caregivers, including caregiver wellness, will also be addressed.  Healthcare professionals of all types will feel more knowledgeable and better prepared to work with seniors and those with dementia who are psychosocially challenged.

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Objectives

  1. Assess for the most common mental health challenges in older adults, including depression, anxiety, stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 
  2. Differentiate between the 8 central needs of spousal and family caregivers. 
  3. Analyze the components of caregiver wellness in order to help caregivers develop their own wellness plan. 

Outline

Mental Health Challenges with Aging and Dementia 

Relationship Changes with Aging and Dementia  Caregiving, Caregiver Needs, and Caregiver Wellness 

Copyright : 10/28/2021

Geriatric GI Dilemmas: Insights and Tools from a Clinical Gastroenterologist

Have you ever encountered these patient situations in your practice?  

In just one hour of time…discover the answers to these and many other GI dilemmas from expert Peter Buch, MD, AGAF, FACP.  Dr. Buch’s approach is case based, practical, very interactive and fun.  You are guaranteed to acquire new clinical tools and insights to help you address the unique GI challenges with your geriatric patients.

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Objectives

  1. Develop a plan of care when a screening colonoscopy is not an option for a patient.
  2. Analyze special GI considerations through geriatric case studies.

Outline

Special Considerations in the Elderly 

Colonoscopy is Not for Everyone/Alternative Pros and Cons

What are Alarm Symptoms? 

How safe are Proton Pump Inhibitors?

Copyright : 11/10/2020

Pharmacology of Pain Management for End-of-Life Care: Recommendations for Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

The need for pharmacists in palliative care is growing, but many pharmacists don’t get the training necessary to provide end-of-life care to those in need. Attend this live, interactive webcast, and you’ll get the most up-to-date information about pain control medications for patients at the end of life.

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Objectives

  1. Describe the differences among common analgesics for end-of-life care.
  2. Outline an algorithm that optimizes pain management for the patient at the end-of-life.

Outline

Palliative care


Analgesic medication dosages and routes at end of life: Choosing the right medication at the right time

Sedating medications at end of life

Other medications for use at end of life

Pain management algorithm for pharmacists

Copyright : 02/03/2021

Geriatric Skin and Wound Care: Prevention Strategies, Current Treatments & Less Litigation Risk

Owing to longer lifespans and aging baby boomers, the U.S. population of those 65 or older will double in the next 25 years. As if wound care has not been critical to well understand before, it is going to become even more essential that your delivery of this complex care is at its absolute best.

Skin and wound care becomes more challenging in the elderly due largely to functional changes and chronic diseases that accompany aging, contributing to senescence. Conditions such as photoaging, skin tears, chronic or hard to heal wounds, pressure injuries, incontinence associated dermatitis, malnutrition, and the frailties that accompany dementia and end of life issues require that healthcare practitioners have the knowledge to meet this challenge. This course will do just that! Learn how to identify emerging skin issues quickly and initiate the current best plan for healing. Move forward with improved confidence in your skin and wound assessments and treatments, meeting standards of care with less litigation risk.

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Objectives

  1. Analyze skin changes in the geriatric population and discuss maintenance of healthy skin.
  2. Determine etiology of delayed wound healing.
  3. Differentiate common skin and wound healing assessments and challenges in the elderly.
  4. Apply knowledge regarding malnutrition and end of life issues.

Outline

Age Related Changes in Skin and Wound Healing 

Maintaining Skin Health 

Photoaging and Age-Related Skin Lesions 

Skin Tears and Chronic Wounds 

Pressure Injuries 

Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) 

Malnutrition  

End of Life 

Copyright : 08/25/2021

Geriatric Psychopharmacology Updates & Trends

Are you a busy clinician who does not have time to keep up with the latest medications and trends in geriatric prescribing? This seminar will provide you with the information you need to feel more confident in choosing the right medication for your older adult patients with mental health issues and dementia. Join me, Dr. Tamatha Arms, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NP-C, as I discuss the newest recommendations from the American Geriatrics Society and the American Psychiatric Association and review the new neuropsychiatric medications available.  We are also learning that COVID 19 has been linked to long term effects on the neurological system, causing delirium after recovery. Learn the latest indications for recognizing this condition and medication management options.

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Objectives

  1. Apply principles of deprescribing anticholinergics. 
  2. Differentiate options for use of anxiolytics. 
  3. Diagnose and treat COVID related delirium. 
  4. Assess common drug interactions for dementia drugs. 
  5. Choose the optimum treatment for late life depression. 
  6. Analyze and prescribe the appropriate new neuropsychiatric medications. 

Outline

Anticholinergics 

Anxiolytics 

Delirium from COVID

Dementia drugs and common drug interactions  

Best strategies for use of antidepressants in older adults 

Antipsychotics

Antidepressants

Sleep disorders

Parkinson’s

Dementia

Tardive dyskinesia

Copyright : 09/21/2021

Geriatric Pharmacology: Practical Application Through Patient Cases

Kiplee Bell, MD, earned board certification as a Physician Assistant, an additional master’s degree in Gerontology, and finally her Doctorate in Medicine. Over the course of her career, Kiplee has worked in acute care, urgent care, ambulatory care and long-term care settings. Currently, she treats geriatric patients for a wide variety of medical and behavioral symptoms. Kiplee will deliver a comprehensive and up-to-date geriatric pharmacology presentation, walking through the body systems: neuro, endocrine, cardiac, pulmonary, GI, infectious disease and musculoskeletal.

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Objectives

  1. Differentiate between multiple overlapping comorbidities. 
  2. Determine when Beers Criteria clarifies-risk versus benefit in real time. 
  3. Develop clinical acumen to recognize red flags. 
  4. Analyze the implications of team dynamics when assessing the geriatric client. 

Outline

Beers in Review 

Age-related Physiologic Changes   Beers Update   Systems Approach 

Copyright : 09/09/2021