Springfield – The Aging of America: Silver Tsunami or Golden Opportunity? Gain Exceptional Multi-Disciplinary Teams Geriatric Assessment Skills

Date(s) - 03/13/2019
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Integrity Home Care


Target Audience: Nursing Home Administrators, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, Social Workers, Activity Directors, Occupational and Physical Therapist, Dietary, Diabetes Educators
CE Approved: Nursing Home Administrators (5 patient care hours)
Program: Registration 8:30 a.m., Program 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lunch 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Purpose: The purpose of this educational offering is to increase knowledge and skills in the care of older adults from a multi-disciplinary team perspective. This session will explore multi-disciplinary opportunities for exceptional care of older Americans as we encounter an unprecedented aging of the population.  Sub-topics will include historical and future perspectives on geriatric healthcare, geriatric assessment and intervention for common geriatric syndromes, behavioral health issues for older adults, and enhanced communication techniques for caregivers of people with behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of dementia.  Format includes both didactic and interactive multi-disciplinary learning activities.


  • Describe historical contributors and emerging demographic trends that will influence the future of geriatric health care.
  • Practice geriatric assessment techniques for common geriatric syndromes, and identify appropriate steps for further evaluation and/or treatment of positive findings.
  • Explore common behavioral health issues across the spectrum of geriatric care.
  • Enhance therapeutic communication techniques for caregivers of people living with behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of dementia.

Speaker: Janet Wood, DNP, RN, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner, Hospital Service, Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. Ms. Wood has worked as a hospitalist nurse practitioner at Mercy Hospital since 2008, where she enjoys caring for many older patients and their families. Jan’s 40+ year nursing career included roles in bedside nursing, administration, and patient education before entering advanced practice nursing in 1998. A life-long learner and a firm believer in the transformative power of education, Jan completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at UMKC in 2015.  She was one of three college faculty members across Missouri selected as a Geriatric Leadership Scholar for 2017-2018 through Saint Louis University’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.


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