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Educational Events

The mission of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center is to provide education to the health care workforce that will optimize care for older adults. Toward this end, the FLGEC is pleased to sponsor and/or co-sponsor these events:

Older Adults and Opioids - Webinar Series

This FREE webinar series co-hosted by the FLGEC and the Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (WNY R-AHEC) will introduce participants to the evolving trends leading to the current opioid crisis in the United States and how the population of older adults are impacted.

An Overview of Addiction from a Medical Perspective - Jan. 28, 2020

Presenter: Gregory Collins, DO, MPH, Commissioner of Public Health, Wyoming County, New York

Wisdom Keepers and Opioid Use – Influence of Stigma, Shame, Loneliness - Feb. 26, 2020

Presenter: Ednita M. Wright, PhD, LCSW, CASAC, Associate Professor, Department of Human Services, SUNY Onondaga Community College

Biopsychosocial Approach to Pain in Older Adults - March 10, 2020

Presenter: Paul Dougherty, DC, Adjunct Professor, New York Chiropractic College; Canandaigua VAMC

The Opioid Epidemic – How we have gotten to this point, its' effects on older adults, and where do we go from here?

Presenters: Thomas Caprio, MD, MPH, MS, Professor of Medicine/Geriatrics, Dentistry, Clinical Nursing, & Public Health Sciences, Director, Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (UR-GWEP), University of Rochester Medical Center; Ann Olin, MA, CRC, CASAC, CCM, Program Manager, Geriatric Addictions Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester

Alternatives to Pain Medications

Presenter: Anna Ratka, PharmD, RPh, CPE, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, St. John Fisher College

Date: Thursday June 18, 2020, 12:30—1:30pm

Management of pain without medication provides patients with an effective option for relief of pain. The non-pharmacological therapies aim to treat the behavioral, affective, cognitive, and other non-somatic dimensions of the pain. The rationale behind using alternatives to pain medications will be presented in context of pain complexity. Several tools and methods used as alternatives to pain medications will be reviewed. Contributions of the non-pharmacological therapies to management of pain will be discussed in terms of holistic care of pain patients.

All webinars are FREE and open to health care professionals, administrators, leadership teams, educators, caregivers, and the general public.

Online Registration:

Event Flyer: Older Adults and Opioids - Webinar Series

Recorded Webinars: WNY R-AHEC YouTube page

There are no formal continuing education credits associated with any of these webinars. For questions, or more information, contact Laura M. Robinson via email or at 585-760-6380.



Due to precautions regarding the Corona virus, the following activities have been canceled/postponed.  Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.

  • 2020 Caring for Elders Conference - April 22, 2020 (new date in 2021)
  • Beyond the Epidemic: The Unintended Consequences of the Opioid Crisis with Older Adults - May 13, 2020 (new date pending, Fall 2020)
  • Caregiver Simulation - June 10, 2020 (new date pending, Fall 2020)



The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

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.

Access your Transcript: UR CEL

Instructions for accessing your transcript: UR CEL Guide

For assistance accessing your transcript, please contact the CEL office at 585-275-7666.

These projects are 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.