Brenda Luther, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing and within the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Utah. Dr. Luther teaches courses in primary care, care management, evidence-based practice and health promotion. Dr. Luther's clinical speciality is disability care and care management, working clients and families in community settings. Her research interests are primary care, care management, successful transition to adulthood for children with disabilities, and most recently researching how healthcare systems measure and refer for social support services. Luther has researched and published in the areas specific to children with physical disabilities including: promoting successful transition to adulthood, family caregiving, health promotion and self-care. Most recently, she is a member of an interdisciplinary research team investigating interprofessional education and care planning across disciplines and the lifespan as well as a community research team investigating how to measure social support in all clinical settings for all types of client and family groups.
|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.