Gerontology 5th Annual Conference: Navigating Transitions of Care, Considerations for the Cognitively Impaired

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Gerontology 5th Annual Conference: Navigating Transitions of Care, Considerations for the Cognitively Impaired

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Gerontology 5th Annual Conference

October 23, 2017
7:30 am - Registration/Breakfast
8:00 am - 4:45 pm - Program
Kelley Conference Room
Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Education and Research Center

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  • Yogesh Shah, MD, MPH, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines
  • Jeffery Reist, PharmD, BCPS, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Susan Callison, BS, Greater Iowa Alzheimer's Association, West Des Moines
  • Dave Anders, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIST, On With Life, Ankeny
  • Linda Dunshee, MS, Link Associates, West Des Moines
  • Tammi Miller, COTA/L, BS, CBIS, CCM, On With Life, Ankeny

Intended Audience:

Nurses and interdisciplinary team members who provide care for persons who have cognitive impairment.


The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to address transition-related issues, specifically transitions across the continuum of care, for individuals who have cognitive impairment.


  • Compare and contrast the anatomy of a typical diagnosis of cognitive impairment with the idealdiagnosis of cognitive impairment.
  • Describe the risks, benefits, and pharmacological treatment options for cognitive impairment.
  • Review the referral process for nonpharmacological treatment options.
  • Explain the effects of anticholinergic medications on the cognitively impaired brain.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of antipsychotic medications on cognitively impaired individuals.
  • Discuss the CMS regulations about the use of antipsychotic medications for behavioral issues in individuals who have cognitive impairment and an absence of psychiatric disease.
  • Identify resources and referrals to support patients and their families with transitions through stages of cognitive impairment.
  • Review prefrontal cortex functioning.
  • Describe the mechanisms of acquired brain injury and management of cognitive and emotional changes.
  • Identify resources and referrals that may assist older individuals to optimize quality of life and maintain independence.
   7:30   Registration and Breakfast
   8:00    Welcoming Remarks
 Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cognitive Impairment
10:30   Break
10:45   Medications and Transitions
12:15   Lunch
1:00   Supporting Families through Transitions of Care
2:30    Break
Brain Dysfunction and Uncomfortable Behaviors
3:45   Navigating the Maze of Aging
4:30   Evaluation

Continuing Education:

Approved for 0.84 CEUs by Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #31, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.

UnityPoint Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  Nurses will receive 7.25 contact hours for attending this conference and submitting an evaluation.

Pharmacotherapeutic 1.83 contact hours.

Participants must attend the entire program to receive continuing education credit.


Pre-registration is required by October 16, 2017.  No phone reservations will be taken.

Registration cost includes continuing education credit, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.  A cancellation fee of $20 will be retained for cancellations received on or before October 16th. No refunds for cancellations received after October 16th. Substitutions are welcome.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Baumhover - or (515) 241-5165

Day of conference phone number (515) 241-5575

Presented by the NICHE project at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines