10th Annual Behavioral Health and Aging Conference Looking Back and Planning for the Future: The Year of COVID-19 and the Future of Alzheimer’s Disease

October 29, 2020

The two themes of this conference are understanding the impact COVID-19 had on the elderly and their caregivers in 2020, and planning for the future as new therapeutics for dementia are anticipated in 2021. This program is designed for all providers serving the aging population.

Target Audience

Providers working with older adults including physicians, nurses, front-line staff, case managers/service coordinators, therapists, and clinicians. Family and caregivers are welcome to attend.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of COVID-19 and its associated isolation on elders at risk for depression
  2. Describe the impact COVID-19 has had on the caregivers of the elderly.
  3. Discuss two emerging therapeutics for mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s disease.
  4. Review the clinical presentation of common non-Alzheimer's dementia syndromes and how to differentiate them from Alzheimer's.
  5. Describe basic behavioral interventions for the management of behavioral disturbances in dementia and how to teach families/informal caregivers these interventions.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.75 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 6.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
10/28/2020
Course expires: 
12/31/2020
Event starts: 
10/29/2020 - 6:00am
Event ends: 
10/29/2020 - 6:00pm

 

8:15-8:30 AM Zoom Sign-In

8:30-8:45 AM Welcome Remarks - LalithKumar K. Solai, MD

8:45-11:30 AM COVID-19 AND THE ELDERLY

8:45-10:00 AM Has COVID-19 Isolation Lead to More Depression in Late Life? /Q&A - Megan E. Hamm, PhD

10:00-10:15 AM Break (15 minutes)

10:15-11:30 AM Roundtable Discussion: COVID-19 Impact on Caregivers / Q&A - Moderator: Richard Morycz, PhD

Panelists: Taafoi Kamara, MPH; Carol Leach, LCSW; Stefanie Small, LCSW; Ellen Whyte, MD

11:30 AM-12:15 PM LUNCH (45 MINUTES)

12:15-12:25 PM ANNOUNCEMENTS

12:25-4:15 PM DEMENTIA UPDATE

12:25-1:40 PM Emerging treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease / Q&A - Oscar L. Lopez, MD, FAAN

1:40-1:50 PM Break (15 minutes)

1:50-3:05 PM Update on Other Dementia Syndromes / Q&A

❖ LATE: A Newly Identified Etiology of Dementia - Daniel Varon, MD

❖ Dementia of the Lewy Body Type - Sarah B. Berman, MD, PhD

❖ Frontal Temporal Dementia - Riddhi Patira, MD

3:05-3:15 PM Break (10 minutes)

3:15-4:30 PM Helping the Helper: Teaching Dementia Caregivers: Behavioral Approaches to Managing Behavioral Issues / Q&A - Jonathan Weingarden, PhD

4:30-4:45 PM Wrap up and Adjourn  - Ellen Whyte, MD

 

For additional information about the speakers or presentations, please contact Doreen Barkowitz at barkowitzdh@upmc.edu.

 

Zoom Live Stream Event

Course Directors:

LalithKumar K. Solai, MD
Service Chief & Medical Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Service
Medical Director, Center for Interventional Psychiatry
Medical Director, Patient Safety
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

Ellen Whyte, MD
Medical Director, Psychiatric Services, UPMC Benedum Geriatric Center
Medical Director, Integrated Behavioral Health – Primary Care, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

 

Faculty

Sarah B. Berman, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Departments of Neurology and Clinical and Translational Science
Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Pittsburgh, PA

Megan E Hamm, PhD
General Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of Qualitative, Evaluation, and Stakeholder Engagement Research Services (Qual EASE)
University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Taafoi Kamara, MPH
Director, Innovation, Education & Outreach
UPMC Senior Services
Pittsburgh, PA

Carol M. Leach, LCSW
Supervisor, Behavioral Health
UPMC Benedum Geriatric Center
UPMC Palliative Care/Supportive Care
Pittsburgh, PA

Oscar L. Lopez, MD, FAAN
Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Clinical and Translational Sciences
Levidow - Pittsburgh Foundation Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Chief, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Division
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Rick Morycz, PhD, LCSW, QCSW, FGSA
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Social Work
University of Pittsburgh
Section of Geriatrics
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Riddhi Patira, MD
Assistant Professor
Cognitive Division of Neurology
UPMC
Investigator at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

 

Stefanie Small, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Jewish Family & Community Services
Pittsburgh, PA

Daniel Varon, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA 

Jon Weingarden, PsyD
Program Director, WPH Inpatient
12Th Floor Integrated Health and Aging Program
PMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.

Continuing Education Credit
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 6.75 contact hours.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

 

Available Credit

  • 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.75 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 6.75 Attendance
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If unable to register online, please contact Nancy Mundy at mundnl@upmc.edu.