UW School of Nursing

October 20, 2022

Geriatric Healthcare Series on Dementia Winter 2023

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FORMAT: Virtual (Via Zoom)
DATE: Tuesdays 4pm-5:30pm | January 3 – March 7, 2023

Conference Description

The University of Washington’s Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC), the University of Washington’s Continuing Nursing Education, and the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System Geriatric Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) are partnering to bring a series of continuing education lectures on geriatric health.

Our lecture series provides education for those involved in the care of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias. Lectures on dementia topics include the best available information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease in older patients and related topics such as dementia-friendly health care and community-based resources.

Target Audience

The series is designed for healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, and other interested professionals.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this conference, participants will be better able to:

  1. Differentiate dementia from other conditions
  2. Define the key findings in dementia
  3. Characterize dementia, delirium, and depression
  4. Identify resources in the community to improve the safety and quality of life
  5. Identify red flags in cognitive concerns
  6. Understand the scope of caregiving of persons with dementia
  7. List important steps in diagnostic evaluation of late life psychosis
  8. Explain the concept of multimodal comprehensive care communication skills
  9. Understand the genetic contribution to various forms of dementia
  10. Understand the variable causes of psychosis in late life

Program Schedule

1/3 Dementia Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPH, MA
1/10 Frontline Tools: Dementia, Delirium & Depression Emily Trittschuh, PhD
1/17 Parkinson’s Disease Michael Kim, MD
1/24 End-of-Life Care in Dementia Lianne Hirano, MD
1/31 Safety & Well-Being in Dementia Karen Clay, MSW, LICSW
2/7 Resilient Caregiving for Dementia Patients David LaFazia, MSW, PhD
2/14 Psychosis Beth Labardi, MD
2/21 Dementia Pharmacotherapy Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPH, MA
2/28 Improving Communication in Dementia Masaki Kobayashi, MD
3/7 Genetic Risk for Dementia Malia Rumbaugh, MS