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Next Free Webinar: Future Directions in Geriatrics, Nov. 15 at Noon

By: James T. Pacala, MD, MS

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This webinar will look at future directions and importance of geriatrics in the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Geriatrics is a “small fighting” workforce that partners with other specialties to delay, prevent or reverse age related diseases. In addition, patient-oriented quality measures and adoption/sharing of geriatrics interventions will be examined.


  • Appreciate the importance of geriatrics as a constantly evolving discipline.
  • Identify 5 issues that will change the practice of geriatrics in the future.
  • Describe the key roles of geriatrics health providers and researchers in the future healthcare landscape.

James T. Pacala, MD, MS, has seen and led the transformation of geriatrics education and geriatrics research for several decades. Dr. Pacala, a board-certified family physician and geriatrician, is Professor and Head of the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He has performed research and published extensively on models of care delivery to geriatric populations and on innovative teaching methods.  He is a Past President and Board Chair of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).


Research articles:

Tinetti M.  Mainstream or Extinction: Can Defining Who We Are Save Geriatrics?  JAGS 2016, 64:1400–1404.

Reuben DB, Tinetti ME.  Goal-Oriented Patient Care — An Alternative Health Outcomes Paradigm.  N Engl J Med 2012; 366(9): 377-9.

Upcoming Free Webinar: “Boomers and Advocacy: Moving from Conversation to Civic Action,” December 18 at noon

By: LaRhae Knatterud and Todd Stump

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Boomers are reaching their later years and beginning to use the entitlement programs available to the elderly in the US, such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. As a result, these programs are growing fast and the politicians in power are looking at “reforms” of these programs to reduce the growing federal and state costs. While the policy and politics on reform of entitlement programs play out, will the likelihood of cuts encourage boomers to reclaim the political advocacy of their youth to fight for these benefits, and expand the number of advocates speaking out about a growing list of societal and environmental issues?  If so, will this action be viewed as self-serving or as an important legacy of the boomers–to leave the world a better place for future generations?

This session will explore the following two questions:

  1. What issue would get you off the couch, and get you excited to engage in advocacy on that issue?
  2. How do we as advocates engage people to take action, and maintain energy and momentum until the desired outcome occurs?

LaRhae Knatterud (Left), Director, Aging Transformation, MN Dept of Human Services

Todd Stump (Right), State Programs Administrator Principal, Aging, MN Dept of Human Services


Research articles:

Thomas, William; and Blanchard, Janice. (2009). “Moving Beyond Place: Aging in Community”. Generations – Journal of the American Society on Aging; Summer 2009;