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One of the Geriatric Interest Network’s objectives is to educate members on issues concerning older adults through professional conferences featuring expert speakers and networking with others regarding available services.

What you missed at our Fall Conference:

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Healthcare Professionals Learn about “Generations at the Workplace” at the 2019 GIN Professional Conference

Our 2019 Professional Conference was held on November 1st at the Becky Sheetz Recreational Center in Altoona. Chuck Mazzitti, Executive Director of Mazzitti and Sullivan EAP Services, Inc spoke on how our generational biases influence the way we perceive, interact with, and communicate to our colleagues as well as our clients. His presentation was both informative and interactive, keeping all engaged from start to finish. Throughout the day attendees had the opportunity to network with each other and visit with our vendors and sponsors. Lunch was catered by Snappy Chef and the day wrapped up with a few giveaways as well as a donation of food and supplies to the Altoona Rescue Mission. Attendees stated that it was an excellent day and that they learned a lot while enjoying an outstanding speaker.

A special thank you from the Geriatric Interest Network to our presenting sponsors—UPMC Altoona and Grane Hospice Care; to our vendors—Home Instead Senior Care, Kindred Hospice, Park Medical Alerts, and Reiki Center for Body and Mind, Inc; and to the community donors who generously provided food, money, and time to make this day a success.

Thank You To Our Partners

What you missed at the Professional Conference on “The 3 D’s:
Dementia, Depression, and Delirium”

Speaker at our Fall Conference Speaker at our Fall Conference
The Geriatric Interest Network held its Fall Conference at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital (2005 Valley View Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602) on September 23, 2016. Wayne D’Agaro, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist , opened the conference with a presentation on neuropsychological assessment of dementia. Dr. D’Agaro presented an overview of the human brain, then focused on dementia. He noted that dementia is not a specific disease—it is an overall terms that describes a number of symptoms. The use of neuropsychological testing in differential diagnosis was discussed. Next, Catherine Spayd, PhD, Licensed Psychologist in private practice, reviewed the symptoms of depression. Using case studies and discussion, Dr. Spayd helped the audience to identify symptoms and treatment strategies for depression in older adults. Afternoon sessions were launched by Janice Whitaker, M.Ed., RN, Penn State College of Nursing. Ms. Whitaker focused on caring for the person with dementia within a person-centered care delivery model. Strategies for minimizing barriers to care for people with dementia were offered. Caroline McDermott, MS, RN, Penn State College of Nursing, reviewed the causes of delirium and highlighted the complexity of delirium superimposed on dementia. Ms. McDermott highlighted non-pharmacological approaches to the care of these patients. Brent Ronan, pharmacist with Thompsons Pharmacy, closed the conference with a comprehensive review of prescribing tips for older adults with dementia and depression.

5.5 hours of Nursing and PCH Administrator Training hours were provided.