Statewide Rural Health Webinar – May 1, 2015 Completed

Supporting the Desire to Age in Place:
Important Considerations for the Aging Population

Free Statewide Virtual Conference
for Students, Faculty and Health Care Professionals

This webinar occurred on May 1, 2015. Recordings, handouts and CEU certificates are available below.

8:45 – 9:00 AM Geriatric Principles Robert L. Kane, MD
Handout Geriatric Principles – Kane;

9:00 – 10:00 AM Cognitive Assessments Ed Ratner, MD
Handout Cognitive Assessment of the Older Adult – Ratner
CEU Certificate: Geriatric Principles – Kane; Cognitive Assessment – Ratner

10:00 – 11:00AM Functional Assessments Terrianne Jones, PhD, OTR/L
Handout Functional Assessment of the Older Adult – Jones
CEU Certificate: Functional Assessment – Jones

11:00 – 12:00 PM Advance Care Planning Phyllis Greenberg, PhD, MPA
Patricia Bresser, PhD, RN
Handout Advance Care Planning – Greenberg-Bresser
CEU Certificate: Advance Care Planning – Greenberg & Bresser

This statewide webinar is a collaborative effort of the following organizations:4 sponsors cropped

Program Details 

8:45 AM: Geriatric Principles
Bob Kane 2014Robert L. Kane, MD, Director of the UMN Center on Aging, holds an endowed chair in Long-term Care and Aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He is the author or editor of 31 books and more than 480 journal articles and book chapters on geriatrics and health services research.

9:00 AM: Cognitive Assessment of the Older Adult
Given prevalence of cognitive disorders among the elderly, all health care professionals should have tools to assess cognition. This presentation will review the evolving terminology for neurocognitive disorders and review various approaches to cognitive dysfunction. 


  1. Explain the difference between screening for dementia and assessment of cognitive function
  2. Describe differences between the Orientation assessment, Mini-Cog, MMSE, MOCA, and SLUMS tools
  3. Correctly document cognition in a medical record

rattner 9252Edward Ratner, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, specializing in geriatric medicine and palliative care. He currently practices at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.


10:00 AM: Functional Assessment of the Older Adult
This presentation will focus on key elements of the person, the environment and the daily activities in which they engage that must be evaluated together in order to make meaningful recommendations to support the function of older adults. 


  1. Understand the complexity of assessing function in an older adult
  2. Identify the key elements of the person, the environment and the activities that must be assessed
  3. Identify when it is appropriate to consult other professionals to assist with assessment of an older adult

Terrianne JonesTerrianne Jones, PhD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapy practitioner and educator at the University of Minnesota Program in Occupational Therapy. Her clinical background includes practice in mental health, physical rehabilitation, and home health care.

11:00 AM: Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is an essential component of a health care plan that provides the opportunity for a conversation between patients and families and patients and health care providers. The Health Care Directive acknowledges the desires and wishes of the patient for their end of life care and guides families, health care agents and providers on how to proceed. 


  1. Understand the importance of Advance Care Planning
  2. Acknowledge the wishes of the patient
  3. Facilitate conversations between the patient, health care provider(s) and families


Phyllis A. Greenberg, PhD, MPA, Associate Professor of Gerontology and Coordinator, Graduate Studies in Gerontology, School of Health and Human Services, St. Cloud State University

patty-bresser-1349279021-239x300Patricia J. Bresser, PhD RN, Associate Professor of Nursing, Department of Nursing, St. Cloud State University