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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
07 Oct 2021
10:00AM - 11:00AM
UGEC Fireside Chat - Oral Health in Older Adults and Care Tips for Caregivers
Alberto Enrique Varela, DDS, is an Assistant Professor (Clinical) in the University of Utah School of Dentistry, and a faculty member for the Geritric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Utah Geriatric Education Consortium (UGEC).
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.

04 Nov 2021
10:00AM - 11:00AM
UGEC Fireside Chat - TBD
18 Nov 2021
02:00PM - 03:15PM
UGEC Age-Friendly LTSS ECHO - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Geriatrics
Valerie Flattes, PhD, APRN, MS, ANP-BC, has been a faculty member at the University Of Utah College Of Nursing since 2001. Her background in nursing includes medical surgical nursing, obstetrics, long term care, emergency nursing, and home health care. Since 2003, she has practiced as an adult nurse practitioner.  She completed her PhD at University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Valerie has a strong commitment to community engagement and has served as a member or officer in several community organizations over the last 21 years.
In July of 2021, Dr. Flattes was been appointed the inaugural associate dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the University of Utah College of Nursing (CON). In her new role, Flattes will lead initiatives to integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion into college culture, including academic programs; research and scholarship; clinical practice; recruitment and retention of students, staff and faculty; hiring and promotion practices; and community engagement.
02 Dec 2021
10:00AM - 11:00AM
UGEC Fireside Chat - Reducing Isolation and Promoting Wellness for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers
LuAnn Lundquist, TRT, and the Founder and Executive Director Memory Matters Utah/Neveda, serves caregivers and those with dementia in our community.  LuAnn has worked in the field since 2002, serving as a Recreation Department Head in a skilled nursing facility and as a Regional Manager and Statewide Education Coordinator for the Utah Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association before founding the nonprofit. She has also completed training in Maintain your Brain, Foundations of Dementia Care Trainer, Dementia Dialogues Trainer. LuAnn is also a former caregiver for family member.
16 Dec 2021
02:00PM - 03:15PM
UGEC Age-Friendly LTSS ECHO - TBD
06 Jan 2022
10:00AM - 11:00AM
UGEC Fireside Chat - Caregiver Support

Geri Lehnardt, Case Manager and Caregiver Program Coordinator at Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), started the Caregiver Program in 1999. 

20 Jan 2022
02:00PM - 03:15PM
UGEC Age-Friendly LTSS ECHO - Mood Disorders in Older Adults
Carol Eddy, APRN is a nurse practitioner and practices at University of Utah Health. Jennifer N. Griswold, APRN is an adult health nurse practitioner in Murray, UT.
17 Feb 2022
02:00PM - 03:15PM
UGEC Age-Friendly LTSS ECHO - Assessment and Care of Persons with Dementia
Michelle Sorweid, DO, MPH is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics. She attended medical school at the University of North Texas- Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Sorweid completed Internal Medicine residency in 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver, Colorado and pursued her Geriatrics training at the University of Utah. In July of 2016, she became full-time faculty in the Division of Geriatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah Health Science Center. Dr. Sorweid  also spends time both at the Department of Neurology Cognitive Disorders (CACIR)clinic and Madsen Geriatrics Clinics evaluating patients with cognitive disorders.