Training For Health Care Professionals

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These free, 1-hour modules provide training on geriatric topics and evidence based tools to advance health professional teamwork in the care of older adults.

These modules incorporate the expertise of local, regional and national leaders in geriatrics, neurology, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, social work and other disciplines.

The Workforce Enhancement for Healthy Aging and Independent Living (WE HAIL) Program intends to transform clinical training environments for health care professionals and caregivers in order to increase the number of these professionals and caregivers in Tarrant County and the surrounding rural counties.


Available Continuing Education Modules:

 

Multifactorial Risk Assessments and Evidence-based Intervention to Address Falls in Primary Care

20% of all falls cause broken bones, head injuries or other serious injuries and over 700,000 people a year are hospitalized for fall related injuries. This activity will discuss how to identify those at risk for falling and how to implement evidence-based fall risk reduction interventions.

Progress in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis and Treatment

This program was developed to provide the audience with an overview of the progress in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.  Healthcare providers who do not typically work with or diagnosis patients with dementia will gain valuable information for their patients.

Do Medications for Alzheimer’s Disease Really Work?

Several prescription drugs are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can provide patients with comfort, dignity, and independence for a longer period of time and can encourage and assist their caregivers as well. It is important to understand none of these medications stops the disease itself.  This presentation will cover the risks and benefits and review the scientific evidence of these medications.

Why do They Have Good Days and Bad Days – Factors Influencing Fluctuations in Cognition and Behavior in Alzheimer’s Disease

How does the caregiver account for why the person with disease changes from day to day and minute to minute?  This presentation will provide information on the physiological and sensory changes that occur and how they manifest in function and behavior.

The DICE Approach

This presentation will explore the use of the DICE (Describe, Investigate, Create, and Evaluate) Approach by family and caregivers managing the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Health Literacy

Healthy People 2010 defines health literacy as “The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” More simply, the NIH says health literacy “Saves Lives. Saves Time. Saves Money”. This presentation explores the impact of health literacy and identifies strategies to facilitate disease management in individuals with limited health literacy.

At Risk, SCI, eMCI: The Alphabet Soup of Preclinical and Prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease

This presentation will discuss updates in the field on the diagnosis, prognosis and possible therapies for preclinical (cognitively normal adults at risk for Alzheimer Disease) and prodromal (adults with mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer disease) Alzheimer disease

Quality and Innovation in the Medicare Program: Leadership Opportunities for Geriatricians

In this presentation, Dr. Mulhausen will present his thesis that the Medicare and Medicaid initiatives to promote quality and payment innovations to reward value present a unique opportunity for geriatricians to serve as administrative and clinical leaders. He will discuss the Medicare Quality Innovation Organization program, several CMMI payment demonstration programs, and advanced alternative payment models. Dr. Mulhausen will also share his view that expertise in geriatric care, geriatric models of care, and the full spectrum of services that serve Medicare beneficiaries prepares geriatricians for leadership positions in this evolving environment toward value-based care.

Hypertension in Older Adults: From SHEP to SPRINT

The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT; ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT01206062) was stopped early because of significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease in participants randomized to a systolic blood pressure target of 120 mmHg (intensive) than in those randomized to 140 mmHg (standard). The cardiovascular outcome benefit was also identified in subjects aged 75 and older assigned to the intensive arm—34% lower than in the standard arm—in addition to 33% lower all-cause mortality at 3.14 years of follow-up. These beneficial outcomes held in older participants characterized as frail or with impaired gait speed. This presentation will address several questions that need to be considered in applying the SPRINT results to the clinical care of older adults.

Impact of Abnormal Swallowing Patterns in the Elderly

This activity will address the educational needs of healthcare providers with a focus on limitations of a bedside swallow evaluation, recognizing and summarizing dysphagia indicators, and identifying disorders on an MBSS that would be undetectable during a bedside swallow evaluation.

Cognitive Assessment during the Annual Wellness Visit

This presentation will cover how easily a cognitive assessment can be performed during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. Visit the algorithm on the Alzheimer’s Association website for more information.

Elder Abuse- Prevention, Detection, Diagnosis, and Care

The fastest growing segment of our population is the ‘old-old’ or people over 85.  The majority of these people have chronic conditions and about half of them have a dementing illness.  A large number of them will be abused or neglected. Healthcare providers need to prepare now.  Prevention, detection, diagnosis, and care will be the focus of this presentation.  Being able to distinguish between injuries due to benign causes and those that are the result of abuse and neglect is a valuable skill that can aid the provider in the selection of an appropriate course of action

Understanding Dementia and the Role of the Healthcare Professional

This activity will give the nurse a more in depth understanding of the four most common types of dementia; disclosing of a diagnosis; changes/progression of disease; agreed treatment and disease management; professional care options and educating, engaging and helping families/caregivers with the day to day struggles they face while caring for loved ones.

Dementia Therapies and Interventions

This activity will give the participant a higher level of understanding of the non-pharmacologic approaches used to treat dementia due to the lack of FDA approved drug treatments for behavioral and psychotic symptoms.

Improving Safety and Quality of Life in Persons with Dementia and Their Families

The participants of this learner paced activity will prepare the health professional to work more effectively with patients who have dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Ensuring their patients and the family caring for them communicate effectively to reduce risk and injury and improve their quality of life by keeping them safe.


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This page was last modified on December 12, 2018