2016 Webinar Series: Caring for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias – Save the Date!

Resources for Integrated Care is a contract through the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) that supports providers in their efforts to deliver more integrated, coordinated care to Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. The Resources for Integrated Care develops technical assistance and actionable tools based on successful innovations and care models.

 

Based on continued interest in the content that was originally presented in 2015, the four webinars below will be presented again this summer. Continuing Medical Education will be offered for these webinars through the American Geriatrics Society, and Continuing Education credits will be available through the National Association of Social Workers at no cost to the participants.

• Presentation and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease – Tuesday June 14th, 12:00 to 1:30pm ET: This webinar presents core competencies needed for the assessment and diagnosis of cognitive impairment in older adults. The assessment process includes a careful history, physical examination, functional, cognitive, and social/economic assessments, and selected laboratory and radiological tests. Effectively communicating the diagnosis to patients and their family/caregivers is a critical part of the diagnostic process. Register at this link: https://optum.webex.com/optum/onstage/g.php?MTID=e954cca508f92640b1820f67a335d0558

• After the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease: Preparing the Patient and Caregivers – Thursday June 30th, 12:00 to 1:30pm ET: This webinar presents core competencies in delivering primary care to individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or related dementias. The clinical presentation of AD and the rate of progression varies among affected individuals, but early-, middle-, and late-stage disease result in distinctive symptoms, and challenges for the affected individual,

family/caregivers, and the clinical team. The overall goal of a patient-centered treatment plan is to enhance quality-of-life; maximize functional ability; and maintain or improve cognition, mood, and behavior. Register at this link: https://optum.webex.com/optum/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea1a6a6cee1dced79d9760e071143dce5

• Care Transitions to and from the Hospital for Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease – Tuesday July 19th, 12:00 to 1:30pm ET: This webinar presents core competencies on how to best prepare and ease the difficulties surrounding care transitions, particularly to and from a hospital environment for adults with dementia. During transitions of care, communication — between the individual with dementia and his or her family, within the home care team, and among all providers involved in caring for the person — is especially important to ensure medication safety, understanding of the care plan, clarity of roles and responsibilities, and care coordination. Registration link coming soon!

• Understanding and Responding to Behavioral Symptoms among Individuals with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias- Thursday August 4th, 12:00 to 1:30pm ET: This webinar presents core competencies most fundamental to understanding and managing behavioral symptoms associated with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Practical non-pharmacologic interventions for specific behavioral symptoms will be described and the evidence for the risks and benefits of pharmacological interventions will also be reviewed. Registration link coming soon!

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