Three-part series: SAFE@HOME

The aim of the project is to provide the tools, environment, coordination and management to support the delivery of educational information to Virginia professional home care service providers.  Professional service providers include medical doctors, registered nurses, social workers,  geriatric care managers, gerontologists, gerontology students, counselors, lawyers, financial advisors, insurance agents, ombudsman/patient advocates, as well as family caregivers. This project proposes a series of three one-hour webinars on the following themes (click on the blue links below to access additional details and registration information):   1. Balancing Maximum Independence and Home Safety for Individuals with Dementia The live event will focus on the person-centered  care  in dementia care and will provide general home safety tips. June 5, 2013—1:30 pm Eastern Presenter: Jay White, MSG, Virginia Commonwealth University Moderator: Ayn Welleford, MSG, PhD, AGHEF, Department of Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University   2. Assistive Technology for Home Safety Assistive technology and home modifications have the potential to increase independence, safety, and quality of life for elders and individuals with disabilities. Many people may become trapped in their homes or locked out because of a disability that prevents them for being able to physically access their home. Assistive technology such as environmental control units and home modifications can provide for safety and independence as well as “aging in place” for individuals with disabilities and the elderly. June 12, 2013—1:30 pm Eastern Presenters: Steve Thomas, CAPS, Stephen Thomas Homes, Inc. and Chris Cummins, MedCare Systems Moderator: Ayn Welleford, MSG, PhD, AGHEF, Department of Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University   3. High Tech @ Home: Not Your Grandma’s Eldercare With the assimilation of “gadgetry” in our professional environments, we build a...

LIVE WEBINAR: Behavioral Disturbances of Dementia: Interventions to Reduce the Use of Psychotropic Medications

Join Michele L. Thomas, BS, PharmD, BCPP, Pharmacy Services Manager for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and Andrew L. Heck, PsyD, ABPP, Clinical Director at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital on Thursday, March 28, 2013, 1:30 pm Eastern Time for a live presentation and discussion on the topic of Behavioral Disturbances of Dementia. Discussion will be moderated by Dr. E. Ayn Welleford, Chair, Department of Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University. At the end of this one-hour presentation, participants will learn: – To more clearly describe problematic behaviors and possible triggers; – Strategies for preventing/reducing problem behaviors; and – Appropriate use of anti-psychotic medications. The webinar is open to and free for all. This event is made possible through a grant from the Virginia Center on Aging’s Geriatric Training Education Initiative and supported by the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, the Virginia Geriatric Mental Health Partnership and the VCU’s Department of Gerontology. Read more and register...

Preventive Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

The Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida will host on the 30th of November at 1 pm Eastern a live webinar featuring three international experts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease. Topics will include: 1. How genetic and other factors can determine when amyloid protein is deposited in the brain, resulting in symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease many years later. 2. Why effective treatment of Alzheimer’s disease may need to begin very early, well before symptoms are present. 3. How new treatment trials, which will begin in 2013, are being designed for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The presentations will be followed by panel discussion along with an ample Q&A session.While the Forum is intended for the public, the symposium may be of special interest to individuals who have reason to believe that they are at an elevated risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, have some memory-related concerns or are family members or close friends of such individuals.The event is open to and free for all.Review details and register...

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services supports people with Alzheimer’s, their families, and caregivers. It is committed to cutting edge research that will help us meet our goal to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. Meet Charles, Maggie, and Alan Charles: “You need to understand what the disease is.”  Maggie: “If I would give one piece of advice, it would be to get information concerning Alzheimer’s.” Alan: “If I need help, there is somebody I can...

LIVE WEBINAR: Looking into the Crystal Ball of Reform – PPACA and the Allied Health Professions

Live event to be held Monday, November 5, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 pm Eastern Time The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is commonly referred to as “Obamacare” or the federal health care law.  It is a United States federal statute that was signed into law by President Obama in March 2010.  In combination with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory reform of the United States’ healthcare system since the passage of the Social Security Act of 1965. Join officials from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Allied Health Professions and the University of Arkansas for an overview of the primary provisions of the President Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, their potential impact on the allied health professions, and the uncertainties and opportunities that lie ahead. Read more…...
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