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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 jacqueline.telonidis@hsc.utah.edu. A blank case form may be downloaded HERE

Please register in advance for the series through this link: https://utah.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvc-GsrjwuHdPZyXyZ3dUPxhmGy7j3b8lr. 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: https://medicine.utah.edu/cme/
  • 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.

**Approval Statement: The University of Utah Health is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Criteria for Completion: Complete the entire presentation and polling questions. Financial Relationship Disclosure: No individuals in a position to control content for this activity have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to declare.

Below are the past ECHO recordings:

9-21-23 - Updates on Alzheimer's Disease in 2023 by Norman L. Foster, MD
Download slides HERE

8-17-23 - Advanced Treatment for Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor by James Ballard, PT, DPT, GCS, WCS
Download slides HERE

6-15-23 - Buprenorphrine for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Settings by Melissa Cheng, MD, MOH, MHS
Download slides HERE

5-18-23 - Navigating the Wide World of Supplements: Issues to Consider by Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CDCES, FASCP, FADCES
Download slides HERE

4-20-23 - Cross-Cultural Conversation in the Healthcare Workforce by Jeremy Holloway, PhD

3-16-23 - Conversations on Being Mortal: Advance Directives & POLST Forms by Camille Collett, MD
Download the Advance Care Planning: Resources and Key Concepts HERE.
Download the POLST Conversation Guide HERE.

2-16-23 - When Enough is Enough: Deprescribing and Ceasing Preventive Testing/Screening by Shaun Chatalain, DO

1-19-23 - Nutritional Needs and Challenges for Older Adults by Joan Heusser, RD, CD, NBC-HWC, and Megan Bowman, MS, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System and Sarah Puig-Holzman, Graduate Student in Dietetics at the University of Utah

12-15-22 - Meeting the Palliative and Behavioral Health Needs of Nursing Home Residents with Dementia by Caroline Stephens, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

11-17-22 - Avoiding Ageism in Aging Services/LTC: Practices that Shift to Normal/Home Culture by Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW
Download Culture Change Resources HERE.
Dowload the 10 Principles of the Eden Alternative HERE.

10-20-22 - Reducing Suicide Risk in Hospice by Andrew Layne, LCSW

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
Download Slides Here

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
Download Slides Below:
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