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Past Free Webcast – Making Sense of Brief Cognitive Testing for Older Adults – March 23rd, 2022

Earn 1 hr CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

Presenter: Laura Hemmy, Phd, Health Science Specialist at Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC); Asst Professor, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, U of MN

Handout-Making Sense of Cognitive Testing in Older Adults 3.23.22

Emerging Voices is the theme of the 46th Annual MGS Conference, April 7-8, 2022.  Dr Laura Hemmy’s presentation will reflect one of those voices.  Two research works, published in 2020, form the foundation of the content

This talk will describe the current state of knowledge for brief cognitive assessment in older adults perceived to be at risk for cognitive decline.  This will include a discussion of potential benefits and harms of testing, screening vs testing on indication, target populations and setting, types of tests and how to evaluate what is best to use when.

Dr. Hemmy will address test characteristics and interpretation strategies as they relate to demographic, accessibility, and experience of healthcare for various populations.

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Past Free Webcast – Effective Medication Self-Management – February 10, 2022

Earn 1 hr CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

Presenters: Brian J. Isetts, RPh, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA; James T. Pacala, MD, MS; and Sherrie Pugh

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Handout Medication Self Management Seminar 02.10.2022

The purposes of this program are to provide an overview of gaps in understanding challenges that older individuals experience when taking medications, and to provide strategies and solutions for effective self-management to become more confident in the use of medications.  Research has largely focused on patient compliance from a health provider perspective, rather than studying the rational decisions individuals make when taking medications – referred to as intelligent non-compliance.  Lessons learned from individuals who have conquered challenges in taking medications are providing valuable insights into four basic steps to effective medication self-management.

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