Issues in Aging 2024: Navigating Challenges in Aging

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April 29, 2024
All Day
VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Rd
Livonia, MI 48152
Event category: Conference

Join us for Issues in Aging, the longest running annual CE conference hosted by the Institute of Gerontology. This program is geared to health care professionals, service providers, administrators and researchers working in the field of aging. It focuses on dementia and frailty in late life. Issues in Aging is also open to students interested in learning current research and best practices.

Issues in Aging 2024
Navigating Challenges in Aging
FLYER with complete details
Monday April 29, 8:00 am - 3:45 pm

COST – Light breakfast and lunch included in cost
$40 for Students (No Certificate Issued) REGISTER HERE
$65 for Professionals (Earn 6 CE's) REGISTER HERE


PLEASE JOIN US AT: VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI 48152


8:00 am – Light Breakfast, Vendor Tables

8:30 am – Medication Management: One Too Many Prescriptions
Candice Garwood, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, Clinical Professor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University

Polypharmacy in geriatric patients refers to the concurrent use of multiple medications by these individuals. This is a common concern as it can lead to various issues such as increased risk of adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, and medication non-adherence. It is important for healthcare providers to regularly review the medication regimen of older adults to ensure the appropriate and safe use of medications.

10:00 am – Break, Networking, Vendor Tables

10:30 am – Partnering with Families of Hospitalized Persons with Dementia: Lessons Learned
Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN – Eberly Endowed Professor, College of Nursing, Pennsylvania State University

Partnering with families of hospitalized persons with dementia is crucial for providing comprehensive and person-centered care. Through our experience, we have learned that open communication, education, and involving families in decision-making can greatly improve the well-being of the patient and enhance their overall hospital experience.

Noon – Lunch

12:45 pm – CAPABLE: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Aging in Place
Amanda Goodenow, MS, OTR/L, Strategic Partnership Coordinator, and Tricia Ford, BA, VP of Operations, CAPABLE National Center, Denver, CO

CAPABLE is an interdisciplinary program aimed at supporting older adults to comfortably stay in their homes. It combines expertise in occupational therapy, nursing, and home repair services to address the unique needs and challenges faced by older adults. By providing holistic support, CAPABLE promotes independence and enhances the overall quality of life for older adults aging in place.

2:15 pm – Structural Insights into the Neuropathology of Frontotemporal Dementia and ALS
Sami Barmada, MD, PhD – Welch Research Professor and Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan; Director of Michigan Brain Bank

Studies have shown that in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), there is a common pattern of cortical atrophy, particularly in the frontal and temporal lobes. Imaging techniques have detected abnormal protein aggregates in specific brain regions, further linking the structural changes to the neuropathology of these diseases. Understanding the structural aspects of FTD and ALS provides valuable insights into their pathogenesis and has potential to guide the development of targeted therapies.

3:45 pm – Raffle Drawings, Closing

The IOG would like to thank the following organizations for their support.

Premier Partner: Alzheimer's Association of Michigan

Avalon Senior Living Communities
BrightStar Care
Center for Financial Planning
Heart to Heart Hospice
Henry Ford Health Systems
Jewish Family Services
PACE of Southeast Michigan
Presbyterian Villages of Michigan
Senior Caregiver Resource Network (SACRN)
Waltonwood Senior Communities

April 2024