geriatric care

Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Geriatric Health Care Symposium, “Maximizing Independence for Optimal Aging,” presented by the University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging.

The symposium will be held 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, at the Founders Union Building of UofL’s Shelby Campus, 9001 Shelbyville Road.

Keynoting the event will be David Morris, PhD, interim chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A licensed physical therapist and known nationally for his expertise in physical therapy for seniors, Morris will speak on “Fitness for Life.”

Other sessions at the symposium include “Google Glass in Rural Nursing Homes and Home Health,” “Preventive Care in Older Adults,” “Polypharmacy 2.0 – Antipsychotic Meds,” “Maximizing Oral Health,” “Update on Dementia” and more.

Faculty include Amelia Kiser, MD, Laura Morton, MD, Christian Furman, MD and Daniela Neamtu, MD, all from the UofL Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine; Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD, UofL Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Mike Mansfield, DMD, and Gustavo Oliveira, DMD, UofL School of Dentistry; Belinda Setters, MD, Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Benjamin Mast, PhD, UofL Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences; and Anne Veno, RN, Episcopal Church Home.

Continuing education credits are available through the UofL Department of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for physicians, nurses, physical therapists and dentists. Continuing education credit for social workers is in process, and the program is pending approval by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Registration before Aug. 15 qualifies for early bird discounts. Registration before Aug. 15 is $125 for physicians; $35 for students; and $100 for all others. Valid identification is required to qualify for registration categories.

To register and for more information, go to the symposium website.

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Jill Scoggins is proud of her role as an academic communications professional with more than 25 years’ experience with universities in four states. At UofL, she manages communications for several departments, divisions, institutes and centers within the School of Medicine. Her areas include women’s health, pediatrics, family medicine, geriatric medicine, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and oncology/hematology, among others.