Southwest Area Health Education Center at Cameron University to present geriatric workshop for healthcare professionals

Cameron University’s Southwest Area Health Education Center (SwAHEC) and the Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center will present “On the Road: Improving Care of the Older Adult,” a one-day workshop for healthcare providers and other professionals on Friday, October 17. The workshop takes place in the CETES Conference Center on the Cameron University campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per person with a special discounted rate of $15 for students. For more information including how to register, go to or contact Jenny Breeden, SwAHEC, at 580-581-2792.

The conference is appropriate for nurses, social workers, physician assistants, physical therapists, pharmacists, administrators, occupational therapists, case managers, counselors, respiratory therapists, home health administrators and others who care for and about Oklahoma’s seniors.

The workshop will feature presentations on a number of topics relevant to quality care of the elderly. Speakers and topics include:

  • “Misdiagnosis of Dementia” / Germaine Odenheimer, MD; Staff Physician, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Oklahoma City; Associate Professor, Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, OUHSC
  • “Special Considerations in the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain in the Older Adult”  / Mark Stratton, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP; Professor and Langsam Endowed Chair in Geriatric Pharmacy, OU College of Pharmacy
  • “How Do You Decide? Ethical Framework for Decision Making” by Thomas Teasdale, DrPH, FGSA, FAGHE; Professor and Vice Chairman for Education, Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, OUHSC; Director, Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center
  • “Dementia 24/7 – Walking in Their Shoes” by Sheryl Mapes, MPH; Associate Director, Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center
  • “Relationship-Based Care – an Old Model With a Fresh Twist” by Kim Holland, MSN, APMHNP-BC; Senior Director of Nursing Operations, Comanche County Memorial Hospital
  • “How Medical Providers Can Support Dementia Caregivers” by Diane Wood, MA, Cert. Geriatrics/Gerontology; Director of Programs, Alzheimer’s Association – Oklahoma Chapter.

Six continuing education credits have been approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers, Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, and the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators (for home health administrators) and the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (for long term care, assisted living and residential care administrators). CEUs are pending by the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing, Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health, Oklahoma Department of Health (for paramedics/EMTs), and the Oklahoma Medical Board (for physical and occupational therapists).



October 2, 2014

PR# 14-165