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.
Upcoming Trainings and Workshops:
The Wyoming Department of Health and their partners invite you to attend a dynamic learning event designed for Healthcare professionals, legal professionals, caregivers, the general public or anyone with an interest in the emerging issues impacting older adults. This Conference will be held on April 27-30, 2015 at Little America Conference Center, Cheyenne Wyoming.
The Wyoming Center on Aging will be providing a Dementia Caregiver Education Series in Laramie, WY at the Epson Center for Seniors on Wednesdays from April 1st to May 20th. For more infomation, please follow the link above to the WyCOA website.
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. Caring with Confidence is coming to Cheyenne, Laramie, Casper, and Gillette in May 2015.
These mental health workshops will be offered free of charge for medical professionals in local communities and will include useful information on geriatric depression, anxiety, dementia, and grief and loss in older adults. These face-to-face trainings will be coming to Casper, Cheyenne, and Gillette this May 2015.
We have partnered with the Northwest Geriatric Education Center to bring presenters that are nationally and regionally recognized faculty from the University of Washington. This Series will be focused on providing health care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and/or their caregivers. Professional Continuing Education Credits are available for most disciplines. Note: To view this excellent series, you must attend one of our host sites throughout Wyoming. To find a host site in your area please go to uwyo.edu/geriatrics or call (307) 766-2829
Project ECHO is a model for lifelong medical learning and collaborative practice that links front-line healthcare providers with specialist care teams to manage patients who have chronic conditions requiring complex care. It is transforming the way medical knowledge is shared and translated into everyday practice – and, in the process, enabling thousands of people in remote and medically underserved communities to get care they couldn’t easily get before, if at all. Through the Wyoming Dementia Care ECHO, sponsored by the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center, healthcare professionals throughout the state will have the opportunity to receive best-practice recommendations for consideration in management of their patients with dementia. Community participants will present their challenging cases for discussion and feedback to a network of colleagues in the state as well as a specialist care team. Each teleECHO clinic will also feature a brief didactic on a variety of important topics related to dementia care. The Wyoming Dementia Care ECHO will be taking place every other Thursday 11:30am-1pm; Jan 22nd-May 28th, 2015. Click Here
for more information.
The online Dementia Care Certificate is offered through the University of Wyoming Geriatric Education Center. The certificate is designed for all healthcare professionals and features an Introductory and Advanced level. The goal of the certificate is to increase knowledge of dementia and to enhance confidence in caring for people with dementia. This offering is FREE for anyone who completes by June 15, 2015.
Please be sure to complete the program if you are already enrolled. Also, for those who are NOT enrolled yet, you still have time to enroll and complete the Dementia Care Certificate! Note: It takes approximately 2 weeks to complete enrollment, so plan ahead! The last day to enroll will be Friday, May 29th.
WyGEC is happy to announce that the Online Training Modules Page has been updated and reorganized. You can now find a variety of recorded modules on relevant geriatric topics by the experts in the field. Certificates of Completion can be provided for CE reporting if you choose to participate.