Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – Schedule

Registration 7:15 – 8:15 am


Orientation & Keynote 8:15 – 9:45 am


Redefining Aging – What Kind of an Old Person Will I / You Become?

Ann Stearns, PhD

How do we identify and resist the stereotype threat of ageism and reduce the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias? This keynote presentation will help you realize your best life possible for the person you care for and for yourselves as you age.


Sessions 10:00 – 11:30 am


  • Human-Animal Bond and Older Adults

Speaker(s): Tamina Toray, PhD

This talk will highlight the role that companion pets play in the lives of older adults. Research on specific benefits regarding emotional and physical health will be presented. The impact of pet relinquishment, illness and death of companion pets on older adults and resultant grief will also discussed.

  • Finish Strong: Putting Your Priorities First at Life’s End

    Speaker(s): David Grube, MD

    Barbara Coombs Lee’s new book, ‘Finish Strong’, is an important book, full of candid, helpful advice for people navigating the final stage of their lives. Dr. Grube will use the text as a guide to discuss: finding a doctor-partner to honor your values, identifying what matters most, having meaningful conversations, staying off the “over treatment conveyor belt, knowing when ‘slow medicine” is the best option, and navigating hospice and end of life care choices.

  • Transforming Dementia: Better Care, Better Planning

Speaker(s): Barak Gaster, MD, FACP

This workshop will explore the how and why of diagnosing dementia in its early stages, make the case for the central role primary care providers can take in this process, touch on difficult issues for managing dementia, and provide tools to assist with advance care planning for this increasingly common disease.

  • 2019 Update: Social Security: Everything You Need to Know

Speaker(s): Kimberly Herrmann

This session will explain the difference between the disability programs, what you can do online to create your own accounts and  look at the 2019 updates in benefits.

  • Parkinson’s Update: Diagnosis and Management

Speaker(s): Elise Anderson, MD

This session will identify motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, review management strategies of Parkinson’s disease and identify appropriate candidates for referral for Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s disease.


Keynote 12:00 – 1:00 pm


Pain & Aging: What Are We Treating & How Can We Treat It?

Kevin Cuccaro, DO

Is pain inevitable with aging?  Does getting older mean we must live in more pain?  What about treatment especially with the known harms associated with common therapies like opioids? However, the critical question to ask before asking any of the above is, “What IS pain?” The answer to that question, which many of us assume we already know, changes everything because if you don’t understand what you’re treating how can you safely, and effectively, address it? It also helps explain why more people in the United States suffer from chronic pain now than ever despite more drugs prescribed and more injections and surgeries performed than ever before. Most importantly, though, understanding pain gives hope.  It helps make sense of pain that ‘doesn’t make sense,’ provides insights into new ways to approach and manage it, and demonstrates that every one of us, no matter what our background or vocation, has the potential to impact pain in meaningful ways.


Sessions 1:15 – 2:45 pm


  • Positive Approach to Care and Challenging Behaviors

Speaker(s): Shelly Edwards, MLS

This workshop focuses on Positive Approach to Care “care partnering” techniques, including Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand Under Hand™ (HUH). These newly learned skills enable care partners to shift from simply “dealing with the behaviors” to creating a positive and caring environment. Learners develop observational skills needed to recognize signals of “unmet needs and growing distress” in the person they care for and respond in a way that reduces anxiety and improves quality of life.

  • Resources for Understanding Dementia and Caregiver Concerns: Planning for Next Steps

Speaker(s): Melissa Cannon, PhD

An estimated 16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related type of dementia (Alzheimer’s Association, 2018). In this presentation, we will discuss challenges specific to caregiving for individuals with dementia, such financial, physical, and social difficulties, and resources that are available to support caregivers in their roles and in planning for changes ahead.

  • CHAR – Update on Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis

Speaker(s): Russell Turner, PhD

This session will present on management of osteoporosis during aging and look at physical activity, nutrition, dietary supplements and pharmacological interventions.

  • Comprehensive Advance Care Planning

Speaker(s): Helen Kao, MD

This session will review components of ‘traditional’ advance care planning (ACP) and look at the gaps not addressed by this.  We will look at the resources of vulnerable adults who lack a legal surrogate.

  • Sexuality and Dementia

Speaker(s): Vicki Schmall,PhD

Dementia causes many changes in a person’s life, including changes in sexual expression and intimate relationships. In this session, focus will be on the sexual feelings, needs, and desires of people with dementia and their partners. We will also address behaviors that appear sexual in nature, for example, a person forming a new intimate relationship with someone else or approaching an adult child in an intimate way that would be considered inappropriate, and the range of feelings a partner may experience.


Sessions 3:00 – 4:30 pm


The ingredients of successfully using care helpers can be elusive, overwhelming and fraught with uncertainty. This participatory workshop will shed light on the ingredients that increase the chances of success when using helpers in any care setting; i.e. in-home or away from home. In addition to tips for success, some specific examples will be shared. Worksheets for participants to use to share suggested information with care helpers will be provided.

  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Geriatric Care

Speaker(s): Sara Phillips, Psy.D

This session will look at the widespread impact of trauma across the lifespan, identify lifelong behavioral risk factors and long-term health complications associated with childhood adversity. The SAMHSA’s six key principles of a trauma-informed approach to working with older adults will be discussed.

  • Common Rheumatic Diseases Affecting the Geriatric Population

Speaker(s): Jenna McGoldrick, MD

This presentation will look at the clinical features of rheumatoid diseases and the cornerstones of managing them;  we will also discuss the impact of these diseases on the geriatric population.

  • Approaching Aging with Empathy

Speaker(s): Erin Parrish Chourey

There is evidence-based research suggesting that when healthcare providers use empathy, there are better overall medical outcomes for patients, better compliance with care, better patient satisfaction and improved communication. In this presentation, we are going to look at approaching aging with empathy, first by discussing aging from an intellectual perspective, identifying the fears and negative associations we have about aging and some of the upsides. Next, we will participate in some exercises to imagine/visualize/simulate what the aging experience actually might feel like (into the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s) and see if that gives us a greater depth of empathy for aging.

We often admire people we see as wise. Is it possible to improve our ability to think and behave wisely? In this presentation, we will briefly review the different types of wisdom (practical and personal), including the role of stress in its development. We will then present the results of two research projects examining the ways in which the social context can promote or inhibit the development of wisdom. Participants will be encouraged to examine stressors in their own daily life, and discuss the ways in which resilience and wisdom can be developed, both for the individual and for their social environment.

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