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.
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:
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.
Look for face-to-face trainings coming soon to Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette, Jackson and Rock Springs, Wyoming!
Thanks to supplemental funding from the Health Resource Service Administration the Wyoming Caring with Confidence program will re-launch in August. This caregiver education program is designed for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who work with older adults with dementia in skilled nursing facilities. The primary objective of this program is to improve caregivers' knowledge, skills, and confidence for preventing and managing behavioral disturbance in nursing home settings. This 4-hour course addresses the basics of dementia and person-centered-care, mental health symptoms common to nursing home settings, the basic ABC's of behavioral disruption, common strategies to promote caring interactions, and caregiver self-care and prevention of burnout.
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 and for a fee of $30 per level for anyone who completes after this date.
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.