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Communication & Behavioral Strategies for Working with Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD)

The Community Professionals Training Series on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) continues with this new session that will be presented by:

Jennifer Hagerty Lingler, PhD, CRNP
Associate Professor
Department of Health and Community Systems
School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh

This session’s learning objectives include:

  • Understand how communication is impacted by dementias, particularly Alzheimer’s disease
  • Understand the common behavior changes which occur and challenge family caregivers including angry/frustrated outbursts, resistance to self-care, and wandering
  • Knowledge of three or more strategies to enhance communication in the early and middle stages of the disease
  • Knowledge of three strategies to address challenging behaviors

​Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
​Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 12:30 p.m.)
​Location: The Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

305 Chamber Plaza
Charleroi, PA 15022​

Registration information:

This program is open at no cost to community providers working with persons who have ADRD or their caregivers for the first 40 professional CE registrants. $10 for all others.

Please register here.

The program has been approved for 3 CE’s in Pennsylvania (L/CSW, Psychology, Nursing, and Medicine).

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant #U1QHP28736.​


“Elder and End of Life Care: The Intersection of Law and Medicine”

Please join the Allegheny County Medical Society and the Allegheny County Bar Association for an interactive panel discussion on the intersection of law and medicine.

This presentation will feature respected elder care physicians Dr. Judith Black and Dr. Richard Hoffmaster from Allegheny County Medical Society. They will present two case studies that deal with issues physicians now confront when caring for patients nearing the end of life.

In addition, attorneys Jillian Zacks and Gary Gushard from the Allegheny County Bar Association will provide input and discussion in regards to guardianship, special needs trusts, and right to life legal matters involving these cases.

Judge Lawrence O’Toole, Administrative Judge, Orphan’s Court, also will provide perspective on these unique cases.

Learning objectives from this event include:

  • Outline knowledge on the POLST form and its use
  • Apply skills, knowledge, and resources to champion advance directive and POLST in professional environment
  • Identify issues of surrogacy
  • Examine palliative care and ethics consultations for increased awareness and knowledge

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from legal and medical professions regarding these complex issues!

Lawrence R. John, MD, President, ACMS
Melaine Shannon Rothey, Esq., President, ACBA
Judith S. Black, MD, Allegheny Health Network
Gary J. Gushard, Esq., Tucker Arensberg, PC
Richard B. Hoffmaster, MD, UPMC
Hon. Lawrence J. O’Toole, Court of Common Pleas
Jillian F. Zacks, Esq., Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

​Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
​Time: 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
​Location: Rivers Club

301 Grant St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219​

Registration information:

Please register here.

2 CME credits are available
$70 per person (members and staff)
$90 per person (non-members)


​NCIS: Navigating a Clinical Investigation of Seniors
​About: ​An interactive program to look a a complex case study of sudden mental status changes of an older adult.
​Date and time: ​As requested
For more information about this program, contact Betty Robinson at 412-864-2092.

​ I AM HERE Series
​About: Training on delirium, depression, dementia, anxiety, suicide, and substance abuse in the elderly. Open to UPMC and non-UPMC employees. Training for UPMC employees is free. Registration fees apply for non-UPMC employees.​
​Dates: As requested
​Time: 30 minute training sessions

Aging Institute
Suite 10065, Forbes Tower
3600 Forbes Ave. @ Meyran
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

For more information or ​to order I AM HERE training manuals, contact Peggy Edinger, Administrative Assistant, Aging Institute at 412-864-2396.

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