Next Free Webinar – Beyond Diagnosis: Rehabilitation Aspects in Dementia – August 16 at noon

By: Edward Ratner, MD 

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Dementia is a broad category of brain diseases that cause a long-term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember that is great enough to affect a person’s daily functioning. The medical approach in dementia care often focuses entirely on diagnosis and pharmacological treatment followed by referral to community services.  Non-pharmacological interventions are increasingly being recognized as an important adjunct/alternative for dementia treatments. This presentation addresses the limited success in prevention and pharmacological treatment, and highlights the value of socialization, recreation, communication, and the helpful role of rehabilitation team members.

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize DSM-5 terminology to describe dementia and neurocognitive disorders (NCD)
  • Describe the goals of care for patients with major NCD
  • Explain the poor evidence to support efforts to prevent NCD or affect NCD with medications
  • Effectively communicate with patients with dementia
  • Build socialization and recreation into care plans for patients with dementia


Edward Ratner, MD is an internist and geriatrician with over 30 years of experience in all settings of care.  He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and the Associate Director for Education and Evaluation at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.  He has served as the President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine and for the state Geriatrics Society.

Past Free Webinar – Opioids and Older Minnesotans: What to Know and What to Do – July 18, 2018

By: Aaron Leppin, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor/Researcher, Division of Health Care Policy and Research, Mayo Clinic; Aging Policy Fellow, Minnesota Board on Aging
Kate Erickson, MSW, Opioid Overdose Prevention Director, Minnesota Department of Health
Jodie Dvorkin, MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement – ICSI

Handout – Opioids & Older Minnesotans – Leppin 7.18.18

Handout – Opioids & Older Minnesotans – ICSI – Dvorkin 7.18.18

Approximately 3% of Minnesota adults misuse prescription opioids. Opioid deaths have been increasing since the year 2000 and reached 395 in 2016. Rates of treatment for nonfatal overdose have increased significantly in aging adults.

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