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Got Geriatrics? Opportunities for Primary Care

Monday, October 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Aimee Verrall, Program Manager, NW Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center


How many of your patients are 65 or older? Are you seeing more patients living into their 80’s or 90’s? If so, your practice mirrors what’s happening across the nation. The care of our elders will disproportionately fall to primary care providers. Are you ready?


Care of older adults is challenging. Older patients may present with multiple chronic conditions and frailty. They may be seeing not only you as their primary care provider, but multiple specialists. Providing the best care for older patients requires major commitment even in the face of poor reimbursement. New evidence emerges daily to sift through.


We’re here to help. Let us do this heavy lifting for you! We offer an array of educational activities for primary care providers in training and practice to stay on the cutting edge of geriatrics. In 2015, our Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC) was established at the University of Washington to help primary-care providers, trainees and others to improve evidence-based care of older adults. We are one of 44 centers in the United States funded through HRSA’s GWEP initiative (Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program) initiative.


One of our most popular educational activities is our Geriatric Healthcare Series. We present two 10-week lecture series each winter and spring.  General geriatrics topics are offered January through March and topics on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias March through June. Each lecture is 90 minutes with ample time for questions and answers.


The series is offered in a variety of formats suitable for any type of learner:

  • Live – Lectures are presented live to an audience at the University of Washington and live-streamed (using Adobe Connect) across a six-state catchment area (Washington, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, and Idaho). The live series lectures are Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. For this live attendance, you may earn continuing education contact hours. Each state has sites at different health systems with coordinators who facilitate staff gatherings to watch the lectures.

o   Talk to us about your health system or care team attending live. We can help you connect with a site coordinator and see if there is a participating site near you or if your site is interested in becoming a new site.


  • Online Continuing Education – Each year after the series is completed, we partner with University of Washington’s Continuing Nursing Education to offer these recorded lectures online, anytime for continuing education contact hours. Watch one lecture or all ten and earn up to 15 contact hours for a single certificate processing fee of $45. Our 2017 lectures are now available, both:

General Geriatric Topics:

  • Role of the Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities in Geriatric Healthcare
  • Medicare 101: The Basic A-B-C-Ds
  • The Alphabet Soup of Medicare Provisions and Promises
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Deprescribing
  • HIV in Older Adults
  • Heart Failure in Older Adults:  A Focus on Multimorbidity
  • Intellectual/Development Disabilities in Older Adults
  • Geriatric Oral Health
  • Kidney Disease and Functional Decline in Older Adults


Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias topics:

  • Dementia
  • Frontline Tools: Delirium, Dementia, and Depression
  • End of Life Care in Dementia: Palliative Care & Hospice
  • Safe and Rational Prescribing in Cognitive Impairment
  • Caring for Caregivers
  • Driving and Dementia
  • Family Dynamics and Dementia
  • Herbals, Supplements and Dementia
  • Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia Prevention
  • Maximizing Quality of Life Across the Cognitive Continuum


  • Watch Online, Anytime – All of our lectures (over 80) are archived on our website and may be viewed by anyone, anytime for free (with no continuing education contact hours). Do you need a refresher on Beers Criteria? Heart Failure? End of Life Care in Dementia? Click and watch. It’s that easy.


This series appeals to all health professionals - direct care workers, social workers, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, pharmacists and physicians.  We encourage you to share this with your entire care team.


Our speakers volunteer their time, and their passion for geriatrics shines through each week. Over 50% of attendees state they will implement changes to their care of older adults due to our lectures. In addition to these longer, we have shorter didactics which are also available on our website for viewing. Let us know what you think. Don’t see a topic you’re looking for? Let us know, we are always open to suggestions of future topics.



For more information about us and our other educational activities, visit www.nwgwec.org.


Questions? We’d love to hear from you. Email verrall@uw.edu.



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