Wyoming Geriatric Education Center
1000 University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2829
Fax: (307) 766-2763
Caring with Confidence is a program designed to educate Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and other direct care workers on how to manage challenging behaviors that are often associated with dementia. The program focuses on the factors contributing to problem behaviors and non-medical interventions including strategies to handle wandering, agitation, and inappropriate sexual behavior. The training also includes information about caregiver stress and strategies to prevent burnout.
-A DVD recording of the training
-A USB containing: The Training Modules; a Training Script, Tips for Trainers, Handouts, Self-Care Information and Assessments, Learning Exercises, and Resources.
University of Wyoming and statewide experts share positive messages about the aging brain in the 30-minute documentary, "Gray Matters: Exploring the Mature Mind," produced by the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC) in the UW College of Health Sciences.
UW personnel featured in the documentary include Deb Fleming, WyGEC founding director; Christine McKibbin, WyGEC director and assistant professor in the UW Department of Psychology; Dr. Kristina Stefka, former faculty physician at the UW Family Practice in Cheyenne; and recent social work department graduate Pat Engler-Parish.
WyGEC produced the documentary with financial support from the UW Division of Social Work, Richard Chatham, the Wyoming Department of Health Office of Multicultural Health and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The documentary was made with in-kind support from AARP Wyoming and the St. John's Institute for Cognitive Health in Jackson.
Click here to view the Gray Matters video.
To request a DVD, contact the WyGEC office at email@example.com or 307-766-2829.
Following a second airing of Gray Matters, on November 10, 2011, Wyoming PBS interviewed four experts, including Deb Fleming, on Wyoming Perspectives. Bob Beck moderates, and panelists include Dr. David Wheeler, Neurologist, Dr. Deb Fleming, Director of WyGEC, Alice Burron, exercise physiologist and wellness specialist with Wyoming Health Fairs; and Tim Summers, director of AARP Wyoming. Topics include misconceptions about the aging brain, keeping the brain healthy and Alzheimers Disease.
Survey conducted by AARP and WyGEC in 2009 to determine "if Wyoming residents age 50 and over are able to access adequate information to make adequate decisions, whether information from outside sources is filling the gap left by reduced face-to-face time with physicians, and how a person's health literacy impacts their health care experience."