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September 2020

Person-Centered Care for Persons Living with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation Description: A review of issues (e.g., isolation, access to visitors, rationing of care) affecting persons living with disabilities and dementia during COVID-19 will be offered.  Presenters will provide information regarding the presentation of disease, infection control, sensory issues, ageism, and ableism, including a discussion on solutions with a focus on advocacy, positive language in communications and media, access to medical care and technology, and innovative strategies for improving care.  Finally, case examples will be studied with a conclusion examining…

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Living Through a Pandemic: Lessons Learned for the Second Half of Life

September 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This presentation will discuss financial and healthcare preparedness, common mistakes to avoid, making life-care decisions in preparation for unplanned emergent events, and other related topics. Kristin Daugherty is one of only three Certified Medicaid Planners™ through the Wealth Institute in the State of Pennsylvania and a Long-Term Care Planner with Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a NCCDP Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainer.  In her current position, Kristin works closely with the…

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October 2020

Arts and Health

October 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation Description: This presentation will provide an understanding of how to plan, implement, and evaluate the integration of arts-based activities into care for patients and families, and discuss the positive outcomes on patient wellbeing. Presenter Bio: William J. Doan, PhD is a past president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and a Fellow in the College of Fellows of The American Theatre. In addition to articles in scholarly journals, Doan has co-authored three books and several plays. He…

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Contact Tracing in the Era of COVID-19: Lessons Learned

October 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation Description: Contact tracing is a disease control measure that has been used by public health agencies for decades and has been identified as a key strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19. In the United States, contact tracing is routinely used for sexually transmitted disease such as syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).  It has been identified as a key strategy for containment of COVID-19.  In this webinar, the presenter will reflect on her experiences developing contact tracing programs in response to…

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Age-Friendly Care, PA: What Matters I, Preferences for Care and Quality of Life

October 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation Description: The Age-Friendly Health Systems movement is underway in the US with the goal of ensuring that every older adult receives the best care possible, is not harmed by care, and is satisfied with the care they receive.  Age-Friendly Health Systems uses the “4Ms” framework to bring focus to What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility.  When practiced as a set, these 4 essential elements can improve patient care, save resources, reduce harm, increase job satisfaction, and empower older adults and their caregivers.  This seminar will focus…

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Grief and Loss

October 29, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Presentation Description: While grief is universal to every human, each person’s grief experience is unique.  This presentation illustrates the power of a caring professional and an atmosphere of compassion and comfort to help the individual move through and fully metabolize grief.  The presenter will teach the art of emotional alchemy to welcome, rather than fear, the pain of loss, turning grief into gratitude.  Practical advice will be provided to encourage healing and transformation while combatting lingering unexpressed sorrow.  Obstacles…

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December 2020

Age-Friendly Care, PA: What Matters II: Advanced Directives and End of Life Care

December 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation Description: Many patients die in a manner they would not choose, leaving their loved ones feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain.  This presentation will help prepare healthcare providers and others to engage in difficult discussions regarding patient wishes about end-of-life care.  The presenters will examine ways to help people with serious illness think through and talk about end-of-life care in a meaningful way that values “What Matters” to the patient (i.e., their goals and preferences). What Matters is part of…

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February 2021

Age-Friendly Care: Medication Management in Older Adults, Part I

February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In addition to receiving 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education, participants with a valid RN license who attend the entire session will be awarded up to 0.5 ANCC pharmacotherapeutic contact hours. Presentation Description: The presentation will provide an update of programs and initiatives in place to combat the substance use epidemic.  In addition, an overview of pain in aging will be offered, including the status, challenges and recommendations for improving quality of pain care for older adults.   Presenter…

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Submission Deadline

February 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Abstract submissions for the Fourth Annual Translating Research to Innovations in Practice ends today! Link for uploading is below! Translating RESEARCH to INNOVATIONS in Practice THIRD ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM  -- VIRTUAL EVENT-- Wednesday, May 12 & Thursday, May 13, 2021 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:    The abstract should be approximately 250 words.  Type of abstracts: Research, Quality improvement project, Case study, Systematic Review.   

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Loneliness and Social Isolation’s Impact on Aging

February 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the key concepts and definitions of loneliness and social isolation, their prevalence among older adults, and key risk and protective factors for older adults.  The physical and psychological health impact of loneliness and social isolation for older adults will be discussed.  Evidence-based strategies for assessment and interventions will also be reviewed. Presenter Bio: Dr. Karra Harrington is a postdoctoral research scholar at Penn State's Center for Healthy Aging and a clinical…

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