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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:

Fall 2022 - Virtual Dementia Education Series

Virtual Brochure:

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
  • 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:

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 Credit(s)TM. 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.

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 VIRTUAL webinar series is being planned.  Check back for more details!

SAFE-HOME Opioid Management Education in Older Adults

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 12pm - 1pm ET
  • Abilgail 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

Opioids and Surgery

  • Tuesday April 18, 2023, 12pm - 1pm ET
  • Alexa Melucci, MD

Opioid Overdose Prevention – Narcan Training

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



16th Annual Caring for Elders Geriatric Teaching Day

Date: Wednesday April 19, 2023
Details: February 2023

SAVE THE DATES: 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


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.

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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.