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Conference on Aging June 13 Features National Experts on Gerontology, Geriatrics
5/16/2003

FORT MYERS, FL - National experts on dementia and Parkinson’s disease will be featured speakers at a one-day conference on aging cosponsored by the Florida Gulf Coast University Southwest Florida Interdisciplinary Center for Positive Aging and Lee Memory Care from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 13 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point.

“The highlight of the conference is a presentation by world-renowned researcher, geriatrician and author Philip Sloane, who is associate chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,” director of the Center for Positive Aging Linda Buettner said.

Other nationally selected faculty on gerontology and geriatrics will focus on neuro-degenerative diseases, providing insight into the fastest growing segment of population.

Participants will learn about:

     the present state of surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease and understand the selection process

     the components of at-home therapy programs for individuals with moderate to severe dementia and how to adapt to disease progression

     the interaction of age, period and cohort factors as these variables influence aging and society

     anticipated major threats to the fiscal integrity of Social Security, Medicare and other age-based entitlement programs

     improving the healthcare professional’s delivery of patient and caregiver education,

     ethical dilemmas involved in adult protective services

     identifying assessment tools for determining risk of falls

     the general principles of adapting exercise to functional activities and individual needs

     altered drug responses that occur with aging and identifying high-risk drugs for older adults

Seven contact hours are offered to Registered Nurses, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, clinical social workers, and marriage and family counselors. Seven continuing education units are offered to nursing home administrators. Full attendance is required to obtain either contact hours or continuing education units.

For more information, contact the Center for Positive Aging at (239) 590-7852 or visit the conference web site at: www.leememorial.org/oas/2003_conference/2003_home.htm.


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