468 Issues in Geriatric Care
Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
- Perform appropriate screening during a Medicare wellness examination.
- Identify the body mass indices that are associated with lower mortality rates in older adults.
- Integrate fall risk screening of older adults into clinical practice.
- Perform a Timed Up & Go test.
- Assess patients with suspected dementia using a guideline-recommended assessment.
- Counsel the family members of patients with advanced dementia about the patients’ inability to eat.
- Identify the best instrument for assessing whether a patient has medical decision-making capacity.
- Identify the best instrument for determining whether a patient has delirium.
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Richard J. Ackermann, MD, is a professor of family medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine and director of the division of geriatrics at The Medical Center, Navicent Health, both in Macon, Georgia. He holds certificates of added qualifications in geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. He was the founding medical director of the Navicent Health comprehensive hospital palliative care service as well as the founding medical director of inpatient hospice for the system. He currently serves as program director for fellowship programs in geriatrics and hospice/palliative medicine.
Kathy Kemle, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, is a clinical assistant professor in the department of family medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine and a physician assistant at The Medical Center, Navicent Health. She supported the development of the geriatrics and hospice/palliative medicine fellowships. She also founded the Family Medicine Home Visit Program at Navicent Health, which serves vulnerable homebound patients, manages their chronic diseases, and decreases recurrent hospitalizations. She teaches fellows, residents, and students in clinical and didactic settings.
Dipesh Patel, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine and serves on the faculty of the The Medical Center, Navicent Health Family Medicine Residency and in the division of geriatrics. He completed a geriatrics fellowship. He holds certificates of added qualifications in geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. He is the medical director of the PruittHealth-Peake nursing and rehabilitation center, and his clinical interests include polypharmacy and delirium.
Jayesh Patel, MD, is an assistant professor of family medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine and a geriatric physician at The Medical Center, Navicent Health. He completed a geriatrics fellowship. He holds a certificate of added qualifications in geriatric medicine, and completed integrative medicine training as a resident. He serves as medical director of Carlyle Place, Navicent Health, and medical director of the house call program for Navicent Health.
- 5.00 AAFP prescribed