Southwest Area Health Education Center at Cameron University to host free workshops on elders

The Southwest Area Health Education Center (SwAHEC) at Cameron University will host two workshops focusing on elders on Friday, October 11 in the Shepler Center. “On the Road: Caring for Older Adults with Dementia” will be presented by the Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and is aimed at health care professionals. “Evidence-Based Programs: Moving Towards Health Literacy in the 21st Century,” sponsored by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI), will be presented from 8:30 a.m. – Noon and is aimed at senior citizens, caregivers and healthcare professionals. The workshops are open to the public at no charge but registration is required. Detailed information, including registration, about both workshops can be found at www.ouhsc.edu/okgec. For additional information, contact Jenny Breeden at 581-2792.

“On the Road: Caring for Older Adults with Dementia” will feature specialists in dementia care, including geriatricians, a pharmacist, nurse, social worker and others. Topics will include diagnosis, treatment, medication management, fall prevention, behavioral health, elder investment fraud, and continuity of care. The workshop is for nurses, social workers, long term care administrators and other health professionals. This workshop will provide premier, geriatric education to front-line healthcare providers, other professionals, and health profession students. Continuing education credits will be offered for most health professions.

Seniors, caregivers and community volunteers are invited to attend “Evidence-Based Programs: Moving Towards Health Literacy in the 21st Century,” which will present information about programs designed to help older adults better manage their health. Topics include the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, Eat Better & Move More, and Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Health.

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September 30, 2013

PR# 13-151