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.

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.

 


Training Resources

  • STEADI Tool: Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are specific things that you, as their health care provider, can do to reduce their chances of falling. STEADI’s tools and educational materials will help you to Identify patients at low, moderate, and high risk for a fall; Identify modifiable risk factors; and offer effective interventions.
  • Dementia Friendly Communities: The Dementia Friendly America tools and resources help communities work toward dementia friendliness.
  • National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education: Connect with individuals, groups and organizations at all levels of experience across the country and help open doors to progress and possibilities.
  • American Geriatrics Society: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of nearly 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.
  • Gerontological Society of America: The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) fosters collaboration between biologists, health professionals, policymakers, behavioral and social scientists, and other age studies scholars and researchers. They believe the intersection of research from diverse areas is the best way to achieve the greatest impact and promote healthy aging.

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This page was last modified on November 6, 2018