Cameron to co-sponsor, host “On The Road!” Elder Care Conference

Does your job involve caring for older people? Are you studying for a career in nursing, social work, counseling, or in any other health-care or helping field? If so, you won't want to miss the "On the Road!" Elder Care Conference, coming to Cameron University's CETES Conference Center on Friday, November 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is designed for therapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, social workers, case managers, dieticians, health administrators, health educators, counselors, respiratory therapists, aging services professionals and others who care for and about Oklahoma's seniors. "On The Road!" has been approved for continuing education units for social workers; approval for nurses is pending.

"On the Road!" is a collaborative effort by the Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center, the Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the Southwest Area Health Education Center (SWAHEC), Fort Sill's Reynolds Army Community Hospital and VA Outpatient Clinic, and Cameron University.

The conference will feature seven outstanding workshops by highly respected aging experts from a variety of disciplines. Topics and speakers include:

  • Care of the Aging Diabetic - Claire Banks, RD, LD, CDE, Commander, U. S. Public Health Service, Lawton Indian Hospital, Lawton
  • Medication Management Considerations for the Older Patient - Mark Stratton, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, FASHP, Professor and Herbert & Dorothy Langsam Endowed Chair in Geriatric Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
  • The Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease - Germaine Odenheimer, MD, Associate Professor, Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Staff Physician, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Oklahoma City
  • So You're Going to the ER? - Karen Peters, RN, MSN, CEN, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Nursing at Lawton
  • Let's Talk Wild Turkey: Straight talk for seniors about alcohol, prescription drugs and aging - Mitch Magness, MAG, Coordinator for Aging and Long Term Care, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma City
  • Depression in the Elderly: Is it an inevitable expectation? - Fran Alltizer, LCSW, MSWACC-CATODSW, Substance Abuse Program, Reynolds Army Community Hospital, Fort Sill, Lawton
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance - Robert S. Lackey, PhD, CT, Certified Teacher Trainer of the Center for Disease Control Fall Prevention Program; Adjunct Faculty, Southwest Oklahoma State University, Weatherford

Registration is $10 for students and $20 for professionals. The registration fee includes lunch and materials.

For more information, contact Jenny Breeden at 580-581-2792 or or Sheryl Mapes at 405-271-8199 or


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