Memory Care Home Solutions and Gateway Geriatric Education Center presents The Silent Epidemic: When undiagnosed cognitive impairment affects healthcare outcomes
When: April 27, 2018 @ 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Registration begins at 7:30 AM)
Where: Il Monastero center on Saint Louis University Campus
3050 Olive Street St. Louis, MO 63103
Light morning beverages and lunch are provided. Special thanks to Gateway Geriatric Education Center for sponsoring the location.
This seminar qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline, certificate of completion, and contact your specific organization for filing requirements. Please bring your license number/certification number to this seminar. In the event of late arrival or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided.
This course has been submitted to the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers, Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators, and Illinois Occupational Therapy Association.
- Describe early warning signs of cognitive impairment that can contribute to unsafe behaviors and an increase in healthcare utilization.
- Identify barriers to working with patients who do not have a confirmed diagnosis of dementia.
- Identify methods to assess patient and caregiver readiness in disease management.
- Identify and practice effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques that can enhance communication with people suffering from dementia.
- Identify the impact of dementia-related cognitive, behavioral, and emotional impairments on independence, safety, healthcare utilization, and caregiver stress.
- Describe environmental modifications and assistive technologies that can improve function and performance for persons with dementia and reduce stress for caregivers.
- Describe the benefits of engaging caregivers in selection of strategies, technologies, and modifications as it pertains to carrying out a successful day to day routine for persons with cognitive impairment.
- Address prevalence and impact of undiagnosed dementia on healthcare professionals and systems.
- Identify and practice key improvisational techniques to apply to dementia caregiving.
Speaker Information (in alphabetical order)
Kari Burch is an occupational therapist at Memory Care Home Solutions. Kari holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She completed an apprenticeship at the Alzheimer’s Association where she worked extensively in early stage programming and created a tool for the Alzheimer’s Association to use about when and why to engage occupational therapy. Kari also has experience working with individuals and families navigating a wide variety of health conditions at Barnes Jewish Hospital. In addition to her role at Memory Care Home Solutions, Kari serves as a lecturer at Washington University School of Occupational Therapy.
Jan Hanneke is a social worker at Memory Care Home Solutions. Jan began her journey with Memory Care Home Solutions in August 2012 as a practicum student. Upon her graduation from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, she was awarded Practicum Student of the Year. Jan’s interest in dementia and those who care for loved ones struggling with memory loss grew, so she returned as a practicum student while she completed her graduate degree. Jan was awarded her Masters in Social Work from Saint Louis University in 2014. Jan previously served as a research assistant for Dr. Stanley Birge, a Washington University Physician with the Division of Geriatrics. Jan also serves as Board of Directors President of the Social Work Leaders in Healthcare organization.
Sheila Lynch is an occupational therapist at Memory Care Home Solutions. For the past 14 years, Sheila has worked in direct patient care in skilled nursing facilities, home health, aquatic therapy, and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Sheila has also worked as Adjunct Instructor for St. Louis University to educate future Occupational Therapists in best practice. She is active in state and national level Occupational Therapy associations and has previously served as a board member for the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts and Psychology from Maryville University, St. Louis.
Ann Marie Mohr is the founder of Mohr Improv where she has worked with a wide range of organizations facilitating improvisation workshops to help individuals and teams become more productive, collaborative, and innovative in both their professional and personal lives. Starting in 2017, Mohr began Project Present: An Improv Collaborative organizing workshops assisting both individuals with memory loss and their caregivers in uniquely engaging collaborations. Mohr has taught Improvisation, Advanced Improvisation, and Acting at Washington University since 2007. Mohr received her M.A. in Drama from Washington University and trained at Second City in Chicago. She has taught, directed, and acted in Chicago, Portugal, and St. Louis.
Dr. Angela Sanford works with older adults, specializing in geriatric syndromes such as falls, weight loss, and memory impairment. She performs comprehensive geriatric assessment to evaluate medication for polypharmacy, past medical history, social/family history, and driving experience. She also administers screening tests for memory impairment and depression. Dr. Sanford’s work is designed to promote optimal health and functioning in elderly patients. Her research interests include collaboration with orthopedics to develop a project regarding best practices in treating elderly patients with hip fractures. Dr. Sanford is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Directors Association.
Amy Sobrino is a social worker at Memory Care Home Solutions. After her experience in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, Amy earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Master’s of Social Work degree and Gerontology specialization from Saint Louis University. Prior to joining the Memory Care Home Solutions team, she worked for the VOYCE Ombudsman Program, and advocated for residents living in long-term care communities. In addition to her role at Memory Care Home Solutions, Amy and her family operate Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness, a not-for-profit organization in central Illinois that provides rural dementia education and support. Amy also serves as a lecturer for the Washington University School of Occupational Therapy.