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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:

2023 Older Adults & Opioids Webinar Series

In Nov. 2021, the CDC released provisional data indicating that there were an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths in the US during 12-month period ending in April 2021, an increase of 28.5% from the 78,056 deaths during the same period the year before. Deaths increased from synthetic opioids (primarily fentanyl), methamphetamines, cocaine, and semi-synthetic opioids (such as prescription pain medication).  Older adults are included in these numbers.  This webinar series will be held via Zoom.  There is no charge to attend.  These events are funded through grants from HRSA.


SAFE-HOME Opioid Management Education in Older Adults

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 12pm - 1pm ET
  • Abigail Elmes, PharmD, Rush University

Toxic Stress, Opiates, and Older Adults: Bringing Compassion and Hope

  • Friday, March 10, 2023, 12pm - 1pm ET
  • Cheryl L. Martin, MA, RN, CASAC-M, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.

Evaluating Age as a Predictor of Postoperative Opioid Use and Prescribing Habits in Older Adults with Cancer

Older adults with cancer represent a challenging subset of patients to treat with respect to pain management, particularly those who undergo oncologic resection. Surgical providers have a critical role to play in primary prevention of chronic opioid use and addiction. Given that patients with cancer represent a substantial population of patients receiving opioids – and many patients with cancer are older – investigating patterns of opioid use in this population is a priority. We therefore analyzed patterns of opioid use and discharge opioid prescriptions in older and younger patients after resection for cancer within a large tertiary academic center.

  • Tuesday April 18, 2023, 12pm - 1pm ET
  • Alexa Melucci, MD, MS, Department of Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center

Older Women and Opioids

Opioid use disorder is prevalent among older women, particularly when there is multi-morbidity. This presentation will review symptoms of opioid use disorder in older women and how to incorporate treatment protocols.

  • Tuesday May 9, 2023, 12pm - 1pm ET
  • Olivera J. Bogunovic, MD, Medical Director of Ambulatory Services, Division of Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Opioid Overdose Prevention – Narcan Training

The opioid epidemic continues to exist, stressing the importance of early recognition of an individual experiencing an overdose. Now more than ever the importance of having Narcan readily available and the knowledge on the use of Narcan can and will save lives. Understanding how the Good Samaritan Law will impact those administering the medication will alleviate the fear in providing care. Understanding the importance in call 911 for all overdoses, as this is frequently the individual’s first introduction to potential care for their substance use disorder. Reporting the use of Narcan will provide important data to the State, which in turn can turn into increased funding to address this issue.

  • Thursday June 15, 2023, 12pm - 1pm
  • Charlotte Crawford, RN, MSN, MBA, Consultant


2023 Older Adults and Opioids Webinar Series: Registration flyer

16th Annual Caring for Elders Geriatric Teaching Day

Date: Wednesday April 19, 2023
Agenda: 2023 Geriatric Teaching Day

The University of Rochester Center for Nursing Professional Development is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  This offering provides 5.0 nursing contact hours.

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. This course has been approved for 5.0 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/CCSI 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.

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 14, 2023, 12:00pm 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.

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, 12:00pm 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.
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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, 2023, 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.
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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.

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.

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.

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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.