Age-Friendly ECHO

The Age-Friendly ECHO series builds on the prior UGEC Learning Community, connecting community providers in collaborative learning with specialists through live video conferencing via Zoom.  The ECHO model includes case-based learning and mentorship to help interprofessional teams gain the expertise required to provide Age-Friendly care to older adults. Sessions will begin with introductions, followed by a 15-20 minute didactic, 1 or 2 case presentation(s) and a discussion. If you would like to present a case, please contact Jacquie Telonidis, ECHO coordinator at A blank case form may be downloaded HERE

Please register in advance for the series through this link: For help with Zoom videoconferencing click HERE.

Each UGEC Age-Friendly ECHO session offers 1.25 credits for Continuing Medical Education (CME)*, Social Work Continuing Education, and Nursing Contact Hours**. Those interested in receiving credit must attend in real-time and complete the ECHO session evaluation available via a poll.

*Attendees interested in CME credtis:

  • Must have a CME account,.
  • If you don’t have an account, you can create one using this link:
  • Click “complete your CME profile” using your name, professional designation, CELL phone number, and email address.
  • If affiliated with the University of Utah, the password should be your UNID without the “U.”
  • If not affiliated with the University of Utah, then use your cell phone number without dashes as your password.
  • The day of each ECHO session, call 801-478-5852 and give that day’s code (on the flier) by midnight using your cell phone number.

Additional information on how to claim CME credit can be found HERE.

**University of Utah Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Arizona Nurses Association Approver Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Below are the past ECHO recordings:

9-15-22 - Benefits of Exercise and Physical Therapy for Older Adults with Dementia by Physical Therapy Interns VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
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8-18-22 - Immunizations Updates and Best Practices for Long Term Care by Adrienne Butterwick, MPH, CHES, and Karen Taubert, RN, BSN, MBA

6-16-22 - Preoperative Risk Assessment for Older Adults by Philip Kithas, MD, Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor
in Family Medicine University of Utah

4/21/22 - Principles of Low Vision Rehabilitation by Robert Christiansen, MD, FACS, Adj Prof., John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah
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3/17/22 - The Mouth: An Important “M” in Geriatric Care by Alberto Enrique Varela, DDS with a care presentatiove by Lauren Kvem 2/17/22 - Detection and Evaluation of Cognitive Impairment by Michelle Sorweid, DO, MPH with a case presentation by Celia Pena, MD
1/20/22 - Don't Worry About It: Treating Anxiety Disoders in Geriatrics
12/16/21 - Applying the "5Ms" Framework to Delirium: More than Mind

11/18/21: Equitable and Inclusive Care in Geriatrics

10/21/21: Age-Friendly Care of LGBT Older Adults Using the 4M's

9/16/21: A Prescription for Proscription: Effective and Efficient Strategies to Deprescribe
8/19/21: Medications & Polypharmacy - How Do I QAPI That?

6/17/21: The Nurse’s Role in Transitional Care: Uncovering the Hidden Issues with Older Persons

5/20/21: What's Good for the Heart is Good for the Mind: The SPRINT-MIND Results

4/15/21: Tele-Visit Tutorial for Patients

3/18/21: Mastering the Techno-Human Aspects of Telehealth

2/18/21: Telemedicine and Virtual Services to Enhance Access and Improve Care

1/21/21: Life in Balance: Decreasing Fall Risk with Balance Training

12/17/20: The LEAD Guide: Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer's and Dementia

11/19/20: Life in Balance: Assessing Fall Risk in Older Adults

10/15/20: Harnessing Neuroplasticity to Treat Depression and Cognitive Deficits in Older Adults

9/17/20: Benefits of Creative Arts for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers

8/20/20: Dementia Care Transitions: Dead Ends, Detours, Denial

Below are the past Learning Community recordings:

6/18/2020: UGEC Partner Retreat: Age-Friendly LTSS ECHO - Presented by: Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, Cherie Brunker, MD, CMD, FACP, Sandra DeBry, MBA, Sara Phillips, MBA, BSN, CPHQ
6/18/2020: UGEC Partner Retreat: Nurse Residency Program Recognition 2020 - Presented by Nanci McLeskey, Joan Gallegos, Julie Wagner, and Jacquie Telonidis
6/12/19: PALTC Learning Community- Mindfulness for Self-Care and Success
               Presented by Katarina Felsted, PhD
5/15/19: PALTC Learning Community- Increasing Identification and Reporting of Condition
Changes in PALTC
              Presented by Benjamin Coulam, BSN, DNP Student
3/27/19: PALTC Learning Community- Applying Opioid Wisdom to the PA/LTC Setting
              Presented by Michael S. Galindo, MD, FACP
2/5/19: PALTC Learning Community- When and How to Screen for Common Geriatric Conditions Among Older Adults
              Presented by Randall W. Rupper, MD, MPH
1/8/19: PALTC Learning CommunityInsights to Improve Communication and Care Transitions in PALTC
              Presented by Whitney Haseman, MD and Timothy W. Farrell, MD, AGSF
11/6/18: PALTC Learning Community- Serious Illness Communication Skills Training Series
                Part 4/4 (Discussing Life-Sustaining Treatments) presented by Shaida Talebreza-Brandon, MD
10/16/18: PALTC Learning Community- Serious Illness Communication Skills Training Series
                Part 3/4 (Aligning with Patient Values) presented by Shaida Talebreza-Brandon, MD
8/14/18: PALTC Learning Community- Serious Illness Communication Skills Training Series
                Part 1/4 (Reframing: We're in a Different Place) presented by Shaida Talebreza-Brandon, MD