WyGEC Education and Training Resources and News
The Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC) provides educational opportunities for Wyoming health care professionals who serve an aging population. We offer resources in gerontology education and interdisciplinary geriatric training via lectures, conferences, newsletters and links to other information.
The deadline for the Wyoming Heritage Photo Contest has been extended through Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The University of Wyoming Center on Aging and The Wyoming Geriatric Education Center are looking for photos that showcase the heritage of Wyoming & positive images of aging including: creating fun memories, spotlighting hobbies and talents, exhibiting symbolic items of Wyoming, uncovering state history, & capturing the older generation in Wyoming.
Win $50 and Help WyGEC!
WyGEC is holding three drawings for $50 Visa gift cards which will be awarded to health professionals who completes the 2014 WyGEC Needs Assessment Survey by September 26, 2014. Drawings will take place on August 15, September 1, and September 26th. Follow this link: WyGEC NEEDS ASSESSMENT
to complete the survey. The survey will take about 10 minutes, and your responses will be anonymous. It is very important that WyGEC understand the geriatric training needs of Wyoming health professionals before reapplying for HRSA funding. We appreciate your time and input very much!
Upcoming Trainings and Workshops:
This educational workshop on end-of-life care will feature the Education and Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC) Curriculum with speakers Brenda Mosher, MSN, MP-C and Cynthia Works, MD. The End-of-Life Care Workshop will help attendees gain confidence in negotiating family and client challenges in dealing with painful emotional and social situations unique to end-of-life care. Attendees will also learn to incorporate practical end-of-life pain management principles and options into current practice settings and understand the importance of professional self-care.
This educational workshop on Alzheimer’s disease for healthcare professionals will feature topics including: An Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease, Keeping Medications in Mind: Complexities of Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment and Understanding Alzheimer’s Patients’ Needs and Supporting Family Care Partners. It will also feature a Question and Answer Session with Cindy Works, MD, Tonja Woods, PharmD, CGP, Carol Taylor, LCSW, and Elaine Ryan. Register for this workshop NOW!
The University of Wyoming Geriatric Education Center, in partnership with the Wyoming Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, will present the third annual Diagnosis Dementia Webinar Series this October. Topics will include: Signs and Symptoms, changes in the DSM-V, assessment and diagnosis; Management of Alzheimer's in the context of other chronic conditions; HIPAA & Alzheimer's disease; and Caregiver resources and support. Registration for the webinar series in October 2014 is now open!
This conference is intended for the full range of behavioral health professionals. It will provide a knowledge base at the intermediate to advanced level for implementing and integration of behavioral and medical health care specific to rural areas.
Caring for those living with Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia can be challenging work and requires the use of skills and techniques designed to safely support these individuals. The need for professionals with expertise in dementia care is growing rapidly as the prevalence of dementia continues to increase worldwide. In response, The University of Wyoming is offering a Dementia Care Certificate for healthcare professionals working with individuals with dementia. This certificate is an online self-paced program designed to fit within healthcare professionals' busy schedules. The modules are previously recorded WyGEC workshops, online trainings, and webinars that were taught by experts in the field. This certificate will be offered for free to anyone who completes it by June 30, 2015 so REGISTER NOW!