Seminar Detail

2014 National Conference on Geriatrics
2014 National Conference on Geriatrics

Where:   SAN FRANCISCO, CA

When:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Thursday, October 23, 2014

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SESSION DETAILS

Day one: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Session 1: Differentiating Dementias by Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS (8 am – 11 am)

Session Description
Distinguishing the various types of dementia is often difficult. This session provides tools to appropriately screen patients experiencing dementia, along with discussion of the most effective interventions to improve the care you provide.

Learner Objectives:
  1. Manage the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
  2. Categorize appropriate diagnostic tests to achieve accurate diagnosis.
  3. Formulate interventions that are effective and promote positive communication between staff, family & the older adult.


Day one: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Session 2: Robotic Technology in Dementia Care: Paro Robotics by Randy Griffin, RN, MS, HNC (12:30 pm – 2:30 pm)

Session Description
Come meet PARO, an advanced interactive therapeutic robot used in the treatment of dementia. Inventor Dr. Shibata joins us to discuss how this new technology can decrease the usage of antipsychotic medication, help reduce anxiety, agitation, and loneliness and offer a better quality of life to residents with dementia.

Learner Objectives:
  1. Evaluate the positive effects of animal therapy.
  2. Describe how Paro can bring positive emotional responses throughout the day for residents with dementia.
  3. Summarize Paro's 5 senses.


Day one: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Session 3: Pain Management in the Elderly by Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, Gerontologist (3 pm – 5 pm)

Session Description
This presentation will review the different categories of controlled substances and their appropriate use in the geriatric patient. Explore special considerations and tools to aid in prescribing and managing pain in the geriatric patient.

Learner Objectives:
  1. Implement controlled substance/pain management contracts into practice.
  2. Recognize symptoms of controlled substance and alcohol misuse and abuse.
  3. Summarize best practice methods for prescribing in the geriatric population.


Day two: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Session 4: Geriatric Syndromes: Fall SPECIALS by Lisa Bryd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, Gerontologist (8 am – 11 am)

Session Description
Geriatric syndromes are a cascade of problems in an elder's health. The syndromes can diminish quality of life and threaten independence. Develop appropriate, evidence-based strategies to improve patient outcomes.

Learner Objectives:
  1. Compare changes to body systems in an older individual which affect health and may predispose an older person to disease and injury.
  2. Discuss Fall SPECIALS: falls, sleep, pain, eating problems, constipation, incontinence, anxiety & confusion, living abilities, skin integrity issues.
  3. Develop a comprehensive plan of care that is appropriate to an individual's lifestyle and health concerns.


Day two: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Session 5: The Latest Advancements in Dementia Culture Change by Randy Griffin, RN, MS, HNC (12:30 pm – 2:30 pm)

Session Description
Start the process of culture change in your facility. Discuss environmental and program changes that bring about more socialization and interaction throughout the course of the day for our geriatric residents.

Learner Objectives:
  1. Contrast the difference between the old model of care and a person-centered care model.
  2. List the benefits of the Bird Tales program and how nature alone can heal.
  3. Explore the many ways dining programs can be the most important activity of the day.


Day two: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Session 6: Geriatric Pharmacology: Tools for the Healthcare Professional by Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS (3 pm – 5 pm)

Session Description
For geriatric patients taking more than five medications, the statistical chance of a drug-drug interaction or adverse event is 100%. For those experiencing an adverse drug event, one third will require additional treatment. This session will provide straightforward tools that will help you care for older adults receiving multiple medications.

Learner Objectives:
  1. Apply techniques to avoid adverse drug events and drug-disease interactions.
  2. Develop individualized monitoring plans for geriatric patients through the evaluation of high-risk medications.
  3. Cite at least three new guideline recommendations related to geriatric pharmacology.


Day three: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Session 7: Managing Geriatric Behaviors by Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, Gerontologist (8 am – 11 am)

Session Description
Behaviors such as aggression, anxiety and inappropriate sexual advances can pose significant potential barriers to the delivery of essential care. Explore the most frequent problematic behaviors and discuss strategies to improve the care you provide to your geriatric patients.

Learner Objectives:
  1. Review strategies to diminish the occurrence of behavioral problems in individuals with dementia.
  2. Analyze behavioral and environmental techniques to diminish challenging behavioral problems.
  3. Determine how cognitive impairment in older individuals is affected by environment, caregiver schedules, and responses to the behaviors.


Day three: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Session 8: Top Ten Medications to Avoid in the Geriatric Patient by Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS (12:30 pm – 2:30 pm)

Session Description
Explore medication dosing guidelines and polypharmacy management principles to ensure safe prescribing in the geriatric patient. Review the top ten medications to avoid and alternatives that can be equally effective.

Learner Objectives:
  1. Apply age-sensitive principles for medication dosing and management to clinical scenarios.
  2. Formulate key questions useful for identifying and managing polypharmacy in older adults.


Day three: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Session 9: Geriatric Emergencies by Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS (3 pm – 5 pm)

Session Description
Anticipate the most common emergencies that occur in elderly patients and what you can do to detect problems early and implement interventions to prevent complications.

Learner Objectives:
  1. Develop strategies to identify abuse and neglect.
  2. Distinguish etiologic and pathologic factors associated with neurological, orthopedic, abdominal, cardiovascular & pulmonary emergencies.
  3. Examine the atypical presentation of the elderly and how to effectively manage comorbidities.
Please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.

LISA BYRD, PHD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, GERONTOLOGIST

Lisa Byrd, Ph.D., FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, Gerontologist, has many years of experience working with the geriatric population by diagnosing, treating, and intervening when problem behaviors occur. Dr. Byrd currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in private practice in a rural family practice clinic, as well as at nursing homes and an in-patient hospital unit-Acute Care of Elders (ACE) - a NICHE accredited unit for Senior care. She performs intake interviews, routine rounds, sick visits, annual history and physicals, medication reviews, and manages the behavioral problems of this geriatric population.

Lisa is a published author of in peer-reviewed nursing/scientific journals. She is also the author of the books TOP 10 Geriatric Syndromes: Clinical Management Strategies (PESI, 2011) and Alzheimer's Disease: Prevention Strategies & Ways to Slow Progression (PESI, 2014). She is active in a number of professional organizations and is the President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA). She teaches geriatric nursing in an advanced practice nursing program, speaks locally as well as nationally, and is considered an expert in the field of geriatrics. Dr. Byrd has the experience and the knowledge to share with you how to successfully manage geriatric behavioral problems in elderly patients.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lisa Byrd maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as an author for PESI Publishing and Media. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Lisa Byrd is President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

STEVEN ATKINSON, PA-C, MS

Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine. He practices medicine in the greater Minneapolis area. In addition to his private practice, he has been on the faculty at the University of Utah since 1994 and has been involved in medicine for over 30 years.

Steven is the co-founder of Twin Cities Physicians, which serves older adults in nearly all levels of their care. He has presented nationally for over 15 years, primarily speaking bout geriatric-related syndromes. Steven is a published author and also sits on several boards whose purpose is to elevate the level of care in medicine for the patients they serve. 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.

RANDY GRIFFIN, RN, MS, HNC

Randy Griffin is a nationally-recognized expert in dementia care. Her versatile career spans over 30 years and includes nursing, nutritional services, program development, health care administration, and delivering training programs to care-givers across the country. Randy is pioneering the practice of "intentional care-giving" for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Her approach goes beyond treating symptoms, focusing on the whole person within a culture rich with emotional nourishment and support from families and caregivers. Randy holds certifications as a Holistic Nurse, Therapeutic Touch Practitioner and Reflexologist.

Randy developed "The Trusting Touch," a web-based program that teaches the importance of intentional actions and verbal communications during activities such as bathing, toileting, dressing and dental care. She is the author of S.A.F.E. Response Techniques in Crisis Situations, a four-step process to show staff how to safely manage agitation and aggressive behaviors when caring for people with dementia. Randy also created one of the first sensory-enhanced puree cuisine culinary programs for terminally ill individuals and authored the first published cookbook on sensory-enhanced puree formation. "Dining with Grace" is a program she created specifically to enhance the dining experience for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

Randy lectures, leads workshops and provides consulting services to health care facilities nationwide.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Randy Griffin receives royalties for the web based program “The Trusting Touch”. She receives royalties as an author for Springer Publishing Company and PHC Publishing Group. She receives royalties from the “Dining with Grace” cookbook. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Randy Griffin has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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