31st Annual Gerontology Clinical Update

  • Date: Dec. 9, 2020 - Feb. 15, 2021
  • Format: online

This conference will provide a forum for gerontology health care providers, administrators, educators, regulatory personnel, and others to discuss complex care issues common to all who care for the elderly, regardless of setting. The focus is on promoting excellence in gerontology health care by keeping abreast of the latest evidence regarding strategies that result in improved clinical and administrative outcomes.

Nursing contact hours awarded: Up to 6.96 (which includes 1.31 Rx contact hours). Social Work: 0.7 Continuing Education Units (7.0 contact hours) have been approved by the University of Missouri, School of Social Work. Nursing Home Administrators: 4.5 PC hours and 1.5 A hours have been approved by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators. Missouri Approval Number TA-073-20-22.

December 4th, 2020: Virtual Conference

December 9th – February 2nd, 2021: On-Demand Conference

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Conference Agenda

8:00 – 8:05


8:05 – 9:00


Age Friendly Health Systems

John E. Morley, MD, Professor Geriatrics, St. Louis University Medical School  

This session will address the approaches of WHO, The John A. Hartford Foundation and St. Louis University/Perry County collaboration to providing high quality care to older adults.  Specific emphasis will be placed on recognizing and managing geriatric syndromes by the interprofessional team. The 4M framework (what matters/medication/mentation/mobility) will be included to ascertain specific health outcome goals and care preferences.

.91 contact hours/which includes .18 Rx contact hours (This plus the welcome is 1 SW contact hour/.1 CEU

9:00- 9:05


9:05 – 9:55

Ethics Intersects with Person Directed Care During a Pandemic

Moderator: Lori Popejoy, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Innovation and Partnerships, Associate Professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia

·      Lea Brandt, PhD, OTD, MA, OTR/L, Director MU Center for Health Ethics, Medical Director MUHC Clinical Ethics and Consult Service, Associate Professional Practice Professor, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia

·      Cynthia E. Baker, LCSW, LSCSW, CSW-Gerontology, Regional Clinical Director, Deer Oaks-The Behavioral Health Solution, Columbia

Hear experts share their thoughts about the intersection of ethical issues and resident rights surrounding the pandemic. Physical distancing and restricting visitors have created social isolation, increased loneliness and mental disengagement in the elderly.  Balancing the greater good, versus impingement of rights and civil liberties is very concerning and very real.  Are we promoting public health to protect the most vulnerable or overstepping out authority?

.83 contact hours (.83 SW contact hour/.083 CEU)

9:55 – 10:05


10:05 - 10:55

Clinical Update on COVID-19 in the Elderly

Charles Crecelius, MD, PhD, FACP, CMD, Medical Director, BJC Medical Group Post-Acute Care, Medical Director, Delmar Gardens, Associate Clinical Professor, Geriatrics, Washington University School of Medicine

In this session a leading Geriatrician will review what we currently know about the characteristics of COVID-19 in older adults and the latest evidence in providing care.  Epidemiology, effects on health systems, treatments, and consequences will be discussed. Participants will leave with deeper knowledge and clinical confidence in providing care to the elderly adult, who is challenged with COVID 19.

.91 contact hours/which includes .22 Rx contact hours (.91 SW contact hours/.091 CEU)

10:55 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:45

The State Survey Agency’s Role During a Pandemic

Shelly Williamson, Administrator, Section for Long Term Care Regulation, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

This session will focus on how to interpret the ever-changing guidance and direction given by state and federal regulatory agencies. Learn what these agencies are doing to guide and support long term care communities during this global pandemic.

.75 contact hours (.75 SW contact hour/.075 CEU)

11:45 – 12:15


12:15 – 1:10

Medication Considerations in the Elderly During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Curt Wood, R.PD., BCGP, FASP, Elder Care Pharmacy Consultants, LLC

Medication usage is always of importance in our elderly patients.  This is even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic as many long-term care facilities are experiencing outbreaks of the virus.  This session will provide information on medication strategies to reduce hospitalizations from COVID-19 of elderly residents, especially those in long term care facilities.  Ideas on gradual dose reductions of psychotropic medications will also be provided.  Additionally, information regarding management of chronic diseases such as hypertension, CVD, and diabetes during the pandemic will be discussed.

.91 contact hours / .91 Rx contact hours (.91 SW contact hours/.091 CEU)



1:15 – 2:10

COVID-19, Aging and the Care Partner

Colleen Hollestelle, MA, CMC, LNHA, Founder & CEO, AgingEmpowered Care Navigation & Consulting, Columbia

This session will explore how COVID-19 has affected older adults aging in the community and the tactics older adults and their care partners are initiating.  These strategies are designed to support age-related changes during a pandemic.  Professionals in healthcare will be updated with strategies and community resources that are available to help older adults, and their care partners, enhance the aging process during a global pandemic. 

.83 contact hours (.83 SW contact hour/.083 CEU)

2:10 – 2:20


2:20 – 3:00

Observations from Prior Pandemics – How are we doing now?

Hariharan Regunath, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Medical Director-Progressive Care Unit, MUHC, Clinical Consultant, Chair Mortality Review, MUHC, Department of Medicine-Divisions of Pulmonary & Critical Care & Infectious Diseases, University of Missouri

Listen to a short, history lesson on similar pandemics…Flu, SARS and MERS.  To date, there are seven known strains of HCoVs.  History is no a stranger to global disease outbreaks, each of which has taught us something about how to manage their spread.  What have we learned, and how are we doing?  Insights will be shared, which may provide a glimpse into what can be expected in the future.

.66 contact hours (.66 SW contact hours/.066 CEU)

3:00 – 3:05  


3:05 – 4:00

Preserving Integrity in Turbulent Times

Cynda Hylton Ruston PhD, RN, FAAN, Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics, Berman Institute of Bioethics/School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics, John Hopkins University

The COVID 19 pandemic created new ethical challenges and intensified others. Constant change, uncertainty, and conflict now punctuate day-to-day clinical practice.  This session focuses on sources of moral suffering, its consequences, and offers a pathway to moral resilience by restoring integrity. 

.91 contact hours (.91 SW contact hours/.091 CEU) 

4:00 – 4:15


Conference Evaluation: Fifteen minutes have been allotted for completion of the Conference Evaluation.
.25 contact hours (.25 SW contact hours/.025 CEU)

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