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Alzheimer's Disease Educational Opportunities

Purpose

The FLGEC will provide education and training related to Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia (ADRD) for families, caregivers, direct care workers, health professions students, faculty, and providers. To accomplish this outreach related to ADRD, a formal collaboration has been established with the Alzheimer's Association Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter and the Finger Lakes Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (FLCEAD) since 2013.

Virtual Dementia Education Series for Health Care Professionals: Fall 2022

The Alzheimer's Association Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center are pleased to co-sponsor a webinar series for health care professionals on Alzheimer's Disease. This eight-session webinar series via Zoom is designed to give all health care practitioners up-to-date information on Alzheimer’s Disease warning signs, diagnosis, and treatments, as well as available supports and services across New York State.

Grief and Bereavement: Ambiguous Loss

  • Presenter: Michelle Allman, LMSW, UR Medicine Hospice
  • Date: Thursday September 29, 2022, 8am - 9am ET
  • This presentation will discuss grief, including anticipatory grief, and how to work with caregivers who are grieving.  Grief, bereavement, and mourning will be defined and theories related to grief will be discussed.

Supporting Families After Diagnosis: What's Next?

  • Presenter: Carol Podgorski, PhD, MPH, LMFT, Professor of Psychiatry, URMC
  • Date: Tuesday October 25, 2022, 8am - 9am, ET
  • A dementia diagnosis is a major life event not only for the person with the diagnosis but for everyone in the family. This presentation will focus on strategies to assist a family after a diagnosis of dementia as they adjust and prepare to accommodate dementia-related changes in their daily life and relationships. Dr. Podgorski will present on: changes that often affect family members, family units, and family dynamics; how to find support; and action steps to help members of the family care team be better prepared for the future.

The Latest in Alzheimer's and Dementia Research

  • Presenter: Heather M. Snyder, PhD, Vice President, Medical and Scientific Relations, Alzheimer's Association
  • Date: Thursday November 10, 2022, 12pm - 1pm ET
  • This presentation will highlight the current state and emerging research in Alzheimer's and dementia science.  Points will include risk and risk reduction, emerging tool for early detection and the landscape of treatment and ongoing clinical trials.

Professional Spiritual Care for Families and Individuals with Dementia

  • Presenter: Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz, BCC
  • Date: Thursday December 8, 2022, 8am - 9am, ET
  • Truly integrating professional spiritual care can serve as a reminder of person-centered relationships that take systems into account. Cultivating leadership values from the “spiritual side of the house” may equip providers with tools to care for others and themselves.
  • Register for 12/8 session: https://action.alz.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Events/ALZ/MeetingRegistration.aspx?productId=86607871

Continuing Medical Education

ACCREDITATION

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

CERTIFICATION

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

SOCIAL WORK

University of Rochester Medical Center, Center for Experiential Learning is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0005. Each session has been approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Spring 2023 Virtual Dementia Education Series

Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use in Dementia

  • Presenter: Sarah L. King, LCSWR, Senior System of Care Manager/Dual Recovery Coordinator, Broome County Mental Health/Coordinated Care Services Inc.
  • Date: Tuesday February 7, 2023, 12:00pm ET
  • This training session includes an overview of mental health and substance use indicators and diagnostic implications.  Information will be presented regarding the correlation of dementia and mental illness as it impacts the diagnosis, treatment planning, and care of individuals.
  • Registration: coming soon

Back to Basics: Diagnosis and Types of Dementia

  • Presenter: Nikhil Palekar, MD, Director, Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Date: Tuesday March 21, 2023, 12pm ET
  • The presentation will focus on the importance of early diagnosis of cognitive disorders, highlight the standardized office-based assessment tools for diagnosis and discuss types of dementia and their unique presentations.
  • Registration: coming soon

Promoting Brain Health: The Impact of Hypertension on Cognitive Function

  • Presenter: Tina Omorogbe, MS, FNP-BC, DNP, Founder and CEO, Chasing Health Inc; Hospitalist, Albany Medical Center
  • Date: Wednesday April 5, 2023, 12:00 ET
  • Studies showed that hypertension is a risk factor in developing a wide range of cognitive impairment. Hypertension is identified as a leading cause of vascular cognitive impairment. There is also some evidence that hypertension is a risk factor for developing Alzheimer disease.
  • Registration: coming soon

Non-Cognitive Symptoms of Dementia

  • Presenter: Jason A. Cohen, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Date: Thursday May 18, 2022, 12:00pm ET
  • While dementia is defined by cognitive impairment causing functional decline, the diseases that cause dementia also cause other symptoms.  We will discuss the psychiatric, motor, autonomic, and other symptoms of dementia.

Registration: coming soon

Recordings of Past Virtual Dementia Education Series for Healthcare Professionals

Additional Educational Opportunities

Alzheimer's Association Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter: Throughout the year, the Rochester & Finger Lakes Region offers classes, workshops, and conferences for family caregivers and professionals - education and training.

National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia: The ‘NTG’ is a coalition of individuals and organizations working toward ensuring that the needs and interests of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias – as well as their families and friends – are taken into account as part of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease education and training.

Ithaca College Gerontology Institute: The Institute offers training for professionals in health and aging services through a number of internally funded and grant funded initiatives, education and training.

This project is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program # U1QHP28738.  This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors/speakers and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, DHHS, or the U.S. Government.