Community Resources to Deliver Dental Care to Older Adults
Older adults are at risk for poor oral health. Health care providers should be aware of gap areas and resources to address this issue. This session will provide data and information on the prevalence of oral health issues among the aging as well as introduce government initiatives to improve access to oral health services among underserved aging populations. Participants will have be informed of tools that can be utilized on the community-level.
1. Id challenges older adults face in maintaining good oral health
2. Describe ways to increase access to dental care for seniors
3. List insurance options available to older adults
The Graying of HIV: A Growing Population and A Chronic Disease
Due to effective antiretroviral therapy, the lifespan of individuals living with HIV/AIDS has increased. The Centers for Disease Control predicts that by 2015, 50 percent of adults living with HIV/AIDS will be 50 years old and older. This aging population however, will have higher rates of comorbid conditions when compared to their non-HIV infected counterparts.
This workshop will provide current knowledge surrounding aging up with an HIV diagnosis along with the normal aging process. The dynamics of living with comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, and cognitive issues will be topics of discussion. In addition, strategies for targeted prevention, screening and health promotion will also be included in this session.
1. To explain how HIV has evolved to become a chronic disease
2. To define three challenges of living with HIV and comorbid conditions
3. To list 3 prevention strategies that target seniors
Living in the Community with a Diagnosis of Dementia
This presentation will address the challenges experienced by individuals, families and caregivers when a person receives a diagnosis of dementia. The discussion will cover information from early diagnosis through advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Information will include signs and symptoms of dementia, interventions and community supports for patients and their caregivers. Focus will be on community dwelling older adults and community resources needed to maintain people at their highest potential in safe environments and reduce caregiver burden. There will be discussion of resources such as the Reducing Disability in Alzheimer’s Disease (RDAD) program which provides exercise training for people with Alzheimer’s disease who live at home and simultaneous training for their family caregivers about how to manage behavioral symptoms. The program is intended to reduce behavioral symptoms and depression and improve the person’s physical functioning.
1. Identify at least three community resources available for people with dementia.
2. Describe behavioral changes from early dementia through advanced Alzheimer ’s disease.
3. Describe at least one way to reduce caregiver burden.
Is Your Health Center Age-Friendly?
The purpose of this session is to assist health centers and their staff with serving older adult patients. The target audience includes all health center staff. This session will provide an overview of the health and wellness of older adults, along with tips and resources on how to communicate with older adult patients, how to perform outreach and enrollment among older adults, and techniques for designing effective programs for older adults.
1. Identify common health issues older adult patients face.
2. Explain techniques that can make a health center more age-friendly.
3. Describe various innovative programs to increase patient engagement among older adults.