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Challenging Geriatric Behaviors
Challenging Geriatric Behaviors


When:  Monday, June 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description
This is the best seminar on challenging geriatric behaviors that you will ever attend - GUARANTEED! Join Steven Atkinson, nationally-known expert, author and speaker on geriatrics, for a high-energy, dynamic seminar filled with interesting case studies, insightful discussions and interactive learning. You will leave this seminar with practical techniques that you can apply the next day!

Dealing with cognitively-impaired geriatric patients can be challenging even for the experienced healthcare professional. You will learn strategies to manage behaviors such as:
  • Dementia
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Refusal of food and fluids
  • Inappropriate sexual advances

If older adults are routinely under your care, minimize your risk of escalating the problems associated with troublesome, often irrational behavior by attending this program. Gain valuable insights into the causes of challenging geriatric behaviors and learn innovative and practical intervention strategies to improve the care you provide.
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Develop strategies to manage difficult behaviors in seniors who have an altered perception of reality.
  2. Identify the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.
  3. Discuss current research on the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, as well as lifestyle factors to slow the disease progression.
  4. Summarize the safety issues associated with geriatric patients who drive and identify individuals who pose a safety threat.
  5. Explain why wandering occurs in individuals with cognitive impairment and develop strategies to minimize or redirect this behavior.
  6. Describe the environmental and behavioral causes of agitation.
  7. Differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate sexual behaviors in individuals with dementia.
  8. Distinguish between normal sleeping patterns and bedtime issues which could lead to increased health problems.
  9. Analyze the physical and psychological changes that affect an elder's desire and ability to eat including the changes in nutritional requirements.
  10. Identify the signs of caregiver stress and develop intervention strategies to prevent burnout.
Program Outline

  • Normal Aging, Dementia, Depression or Delirium
    • Normal aging changes of the mind
    • Depression, dementia, and delirium
    • Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
    • Diagnose, differentiate, and develop a plan of care
  • Alzheimer's Disease
    • Stages
    • Assessment
    • Getting a diagnosis
    • Behavioral issues of early diagnosis
    • Management and interventions
    • Pharmacological treatments
  • Driving with Dementia
    • Driving safety
    • Legal issues
    • Assess driving abilities
    • How to take the keys away
  • Wandering
    • Reasons why cognitively impaired individuals wander
    • Is wandering a bad thing?
    • Issues to consider
    • Manage a wanderer's behavior
  • Physical Aggression
    • Identify the cause of aggression
    • Loss of impulse control
    • Regression of the mind/child-like mind
    • Manage the problem
  • Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors
    • Normal sexual drive or inappropriate behavior
    • Cognitively impaired individuals
    • Medication management
    • Ethical considerations
  • Refusing to Eat/Forgetting to Eat
    • Reasons why geriatric patients slow or stop eating
    • Nutritional needs in a geriatric patient
    • Improve nutritional status
    • Malnutrition and dehydration
    • Alternatives to eating
  • Sleepless Nights
    • Sundowning and behavioral problems in the evening
    • Why does sundowning occur?
    • Environmental interventions to decrease aggressive behaviors
    • Medication management when it becomes problematic
  • Caregiver Stress
    • Physical, psychological, and emotional stress
    • Identify caregiver burnout and ways to help
    • Assist the caregiver
  • Other Issues
    • Ways to identify potential falls and prevent injury
    • Causes for orthostatic hypotension
    • Ways to avoid using restraints
  • Case Studies: Learning from Experience and Mistakes
    • How to manage sundowners
    • Strategies to improve hygiene
    • Reassurance and redirection


Steven Atkinson is a Board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine. He lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota interacting with patients in all care settings. He has been on the faculty at the University of Utah since 1994 and involved in medicine for nearly 25 years.

He is frequently asked to medically manage the most difficult geriatric patients and help families gain insight into this disease process. Some of his best talents include educating staff about how to manage patients' behaviors non-pharmacologically. Just recently, Steven was asked by the Medical School at the University of Colorado to help direct a fellowship program in Geriatrics. He has also spoken at the distinguished and "invitation-only" Denver Pathological Society.

He is a published author and speaks locally to families and facilities. He has spoken nationally and internationally since 2003 providing his expertise in the area of dementia and pharmacology. He has also been graciously recognized for his compassionate and dedicated service in Geriatric Medicine in the community within which he serves. Steven has been described as a "dynamic" educator and one of the most engaging presenters around. Don't miss him!

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Steven Atkinson is the founder and co-owner of Twin Cities Physicians; and owner of Mindful Geriatrics, LLC. He is an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Utah. Mr. Atkinson receives royalties as an author for PESI Publishing and Media. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Steven Atkinson has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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