Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Masonic Care Community in Utica wants to assist health care professionals in their efforts to care for older patients in the area.

Starting this Thursday, the group will host its annual five-week Geriatric Scholar Program at its Bleecker Street facility.

Each Thursday through October 11th, those attending will learn about different aspects of geriatric care, including treatment and quality-of-life improvements.

The program is open to any health care professional, but social workers, clergy, consumers and other professionals may attend.

For more information, call Kathy Contino-Turner at (315) 798-4768. To register, click here.


Geriatric Scholar Certificate Program FIVE DAY AGENDA

John A. Toner, EdD, PhD, Program Chair and Sessions Moderator



Thursday, September 13, 2012: 8:15 a.m. (registration) – 4:30 p.m.

Intro. & Overview to Aging in Quality of Life Psychological Development Across the Lifespan

Douglas M. Sanders, PhD & John A. Toner, PhD, EdD Douglas M. Sanders, PhD

Rockland Psychiatric Center & Columbia University Rockland Psychiatric Center


Physical Changes of Aging End-of-Life and Palliative Care

Neil K. Hall, MD, MBA Neil K. Hall, MD, MBA

Private Practice Private Practice

Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC




Thursday, September 20, 2012: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Culture & Aging Geriatric Rehabilitation

Nella Khenkin, CSW Stanley F. Wainapel, MD, MPH

Maimonides Medical Center Montefiore Medical Center


Promoting Wellness & Stress Reduction in Geriatric Care Communication & Sensory Loss in Aging

Lucia McBee, CSW, MPH Stanley F. Wainapel, MD, MPH

Freelance Author, New York, NY Montefiore Medical Center




Thursday, September 27, 2012: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Community-based & Institutional Care Services—

Collaboration Among Health Professionals to Facilitate Overview of Medicare & Medicaid

Care of the Elderly

Victoria Rizzo, PhD

Catherine Brownell, PhD, RN & Columbia University School of

Mary Siniscarco, MS, OTR/L of Utica College Social Work


Health Issues of Rural Elders Bioethics and Aging

John A. Krout Edward Bradley, MD

Gerontology Institute at Member, Community Ethics Committee

Ithaca College Syracuse/Utica, NY




Thursday, October 4, 2012: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Interdisciplinary Teamwork & Quality of Life Improvement

John Toner, EdD, PhD Patricia Miller, EdD, OTR, FAOTA

Director, Geriatric Residency & Fellowship Programs Special Research Scientist/Scholar

Columbia University Stroud Center Columbia Programs in Occupational Therapy




Thursday, October 11, 2012: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Columbia University Stroud Center

8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Update on Psychotropic Medication

Lisa McMurray, MD, FRCPC

Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center, Ottowa, Canada

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Quality of Life: Dementia, Delirium & Other Co-Morbid Conditions

Florin Olteanu, MD Masonic Care Community

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Treating Geriatric Depression

Mark Nathanson, MD Columbia University

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Alcohol and Prescription Drug Use in Older Adults

Indra Singh, MD  Samaritan Hospital

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Update on Treating Dementia

Mark Nathanson, MD Columbia University

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