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Comprehensive Geriatric and Dementia Care Certification
Online Course
$459.93 USD
Product Details
Online Course
PESI HealthCare
CE Available:
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[+] [-] 077665 - Differentiating Dementias
  1. Identify the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  2. List appropriate diagnostic tests to achieve accurate diagnosis.
  3. Devise interventions that are effective and promote positive communication between staff, family & the older adult.

[+] [-] 077670 - Geriatric Pharmacology
  1. Apply techniques and identify strategies 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. Identify at least three new guideline recommendations related to geriatric pharmacology

[+] [-] 077675 - Pain Management in the Elderly
  1. Implement controlled substance/pain management contracts into practice.
  2. Recognize symptoms of controlled substance and alcohol misuse and abuse.
  3. Describe best practice methods for prescribing in the geriatric population.

[+] [-] 077680 - Managing Geriatric Behaviors
  1. Review strategies to diminish the occurrence of behavioral problems in individuals with dementia.
  2. Discuss behavioral and environmental techniques to diminish challenging behavioral problems.
  3. Identify how cognitive impairment in older individuals is affected by environment, caregiver schedules, and responses to the behaviors.

[+] [-] 077685 - Geriatric Emergencies
  1. Develop strategies to identify abuse and neglect.
  2. Distinguish etiologic and pathologic factors associated with neurological, orthopedic, abdominal, cardiovascular & pulmonary emergencies.
  3. Point out the atypical presentation of the elderly and how to effectively manage comorbidities.

[+] [-] 077690 - Top Ten Medications to Avoid in the Geriatric Patient
  1. Examine how to apply age-sensitive principles for medication dosing and management to clinical scenarios.
  2. Communicate key questions useful for identifying and managing polypharmacy in older adults.

[+] [-] 077665 - Differentiating Dementias
  • Normal vs. Abnormal Aging
  • Types of Dementias
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease Dementia
  • Substance-Induced Neurocognitive Disorder

[+] [-] 077670 - Geriatric Pharmacology
  • Drug Utilization Amongst the Elderly
  • Billing Codes That You MUST Know
  • Clinical Pharmacological Issues in the Elderly

[+] [-] 077675 - Pain Management in the Elderly
  • The challenges associated with controlled substances
  • Pain control…Is every patient’s RIGHT

[+] [-] 077680 - Managing Geriatric Behaviors
  • Wandering
  • Physical Aggression
  • Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors
  • Eating Issues & Nutrition in Elders with Dementia
  • Sleepless Nights & Sundowning
  • Professional Issues

[+] [-] 077685 - Geriatric Emergencies
  • Physiological Changes with Aging
  • Common Underlying Chronic Illness
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Pulmonary Emergencies
  • Cerebrovascular Emergencies
  • Orthopedic Emergencies
  • Abdominal Emergencies

[+] [-] 077690 - Top Ten Medications to Avoid in the Geriatric Patient
  • The BEERS List
  • Risks Associated with Anticholinergic Drugs
  • The TOP TEN
  • 5 Things Patients & Physicians Should Question



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 about geriatric-related syndromes. Steven is the author of Geriatric Pharmacology: The Principles of Practice & Clinical Recommendations, Second Edition (PESI, 2016) 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.
Continuing Education Credits Awarded for Completion of Entire Package
[+] [-] Combined Continuing Education Credit From All Components
Breakdown of Continuing Education Credits by Components
[+] [-] 077665 - Differentiating Dementias
[+] [-] 077670 - Geriatric Pharmacology
[+] [-] 077675 - Pain Management in the Elderly
[+] [-] 077680 - Managing Geriatric Behaviors
[+] [-] 077685 - Geriatric Emergencies
[+] [-] 077690 - Top Ten Medications to Avoid in the Geriatric Patient
Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Physician Assistants, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Healthcare Professionals