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Expressions of Caregiving - Virtual Caregiving Conference
Wednesday 19 May 2021, 05:30pm - 08:30pm
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Virtual Caregiver Conference, Art Show and Panel on Utah Resources for Family Caregivers
Keynote Speaker: Tony Luciani

Utah Geriatric Education Consortium (UGEC) collaborated with the Family Caregiving Collaborative, University of Utah College of Nursing, to host a virtual “Expressions of Caregiving” event for caregivers of people with dementia.  This event will also include a keynote address by the internationally renowned artist, Tony Luciani.

Tony Luciani picked up a camera in 2014 to document his aging mom’s struggle with dementia, and it was the imaginative expression of the collaboration that propelled his work internationally. After over forty years as a full-time painter, Luciani, has garnered worldwide attention with this four-year-long photography series. Their voyage of discovery, expressing the benefits of inclusion and participation within a creative medium, has gone beyond the boundaries of recognizing it as just a personal visual diary. The world has noticed, and the outpouring of emotional applause for such an undertaking has transported this creative endeavor into a much broader social awareness.

During this Virtual Caregiver Conference, there will be Virtual Gallery of Caregiver Art and a panel discussion, with dementia experts, on caregiver resources in Utah.

Please register for the Virtual Caregiver Conference here: https://utah.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0scO2uqTMiG9xhrb-F0zZ0BnhLpB2fMloL

Location https://utah.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0scO2uqTMiG9xhrb-F0zZ0BnhLpB2fMloL
01 Jul 2021
10:00AM - 11:00AM
UGEC Fireside Chat - Demenita: What If It's Not Alzheimer's

"Dementia: What If It's Not Alzheimer's" by Bonnie Shepherd and Catherine Sharpsteen

Bonnie Shepherd worked over 30 years in the computer Industry before retiring in 2002. A caregiver for her husband, Ned, who diagnosed with clinical Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), this experience motivated her work with caregivers for persons with dementia, and she started a support group in 2007. Bonnie served on the Governor’s Task Force for the Utah State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, and continues to serve on the Coordinating Council. She is currently on the Utah Alzheimer’s Association Leadership Board.

When Catherine Sharpsteen’s husband, Al, was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) at the age of 62, her professional career was replaced by the unpaid work of caregiving. A caregiver support group, The Association for FTD, and her Special Education skills sustained Catherine during the nine years Al lived with dementia. She now co-facilitates the support group with Bonnie Shepherd, and continues to learn more about the debilitating diseases that affect the brain.

19 Aug 2021
02:00PM - 03:15PM
UGEC Age-Friendly LTSS ECHO - Quality Improvement: Developing Standards and Outcomes Measures in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care

Sabine von Preyss-Friedman was appointed as Avalon’s Chief Medical Officer in 2011. She brings decades of innovation and national accolades combined with quality driven leadership and a passion for seniors. This passion most recently landed her the title of the American Medical Director’s Association’s Medical Director of the Year in 2011 after being named a finalist for the same award for three consecutive years. 

In addition to working as Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director for several long-term care facilities, Dr. von Preyss-Friedman acts as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington within the specialized area of Geriatric Medicine and Long-Term Care. She has shared her knowledge and clinical expertise in presentations around the globe and is published in medical journals.

The native of Germany’s many clinical accomplishments include: establishing systems and processes to reduce and track falls, maximizing effective pain management, reducing antipsychotic medication use, and improving wound care and infection control. She has introduced an array of continuous quality improvement programs to educate staff and track and identify care trends. A graduate of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen in Germany, Dr. von Preyss-Friedman completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, OH. She then pursued a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Washington. Her work has been internationally recognized with the award of research grants for studies done in Washington and Germany.

Dr. von Preyss-Friedman is also a chair and member of several medical organizations, boards and committees, each of which is focused on improving quality care in Geriatrics. 

16 Sep 2021
02:00PM - 03:15PM
UGEC Age-Friendly LTSS ECHO

Topic to be determined.

21 Oct 2021
02:00PM - 03:15PM
UGEC Age-Friendly LTSS ECHO - Geriatric Services for Older Adults Patients Living with HIV

Nicholas Brening, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics. He is originally from Scottsbluff, Nebraska and received a Bachelor's of Science degree from Chadron State College in Chadron, NE. Following his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

He attended the University of Utah for Internal Medicine training and Geriatrics Fellowship where he had the opportunity to learn from accomplished and renowned experts in the fields of Geriatrics, Cognitive Neurology, and Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Brening has always had a particular interest in the care of older adult patients. By focusing on aligning a patient's care with his or her goals and paying attention to "what matters most", we are able to achieve successful and personalized outcomes. During each clinical encounter, Dr. Brening strives to provide high-quality, compassionate and efficient care to his patients. Dr. Brening focuses on diagnosis and treatment of Geriatric syndromes including: the diagnosis and ongoing care of patients with cognitive disorders and dementia, depression and anxiety in older adults, incontinence, frailty, and falls. Clinical interests also include the care of LGBT older adults. He partners with the Infectious Disease clinic to offer Geriatric services to older adult patients living with HIV.