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Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia
Note: 1.5 hours of CEUs approved for NHA credit by NAB

Tuesday March 17, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Yangming Restaurant
1051 Conestoga Road, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (corner of Haverford Road and Conestoga Road)
Eileen Sullivan, Assistant Professor, St. Joseph's University
Claire Day, Senior Vice President, Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter

Dr. Sullivan is a registered pharmacist in the states of NJ and PA and has worked continuously in Retail Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Industry and Long-Term Care. Her Pharm.D. Clinical rotations included Drug Information (Janssen Pharmaceutica), Acute Care (St. Mary's Medical Center), and Ambulatory Care (St. Mary's Medical Center). Dr. Sullivan is currently conducting research in the area of Alzheimer's Dementia with a main focus on medical educational tools within the geriatric population to include Quality of Life, disease management and treatment management. In addition to the patient, Dr. Sullivan's agenda includes research regarding the key aspects affecting caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's Dementia regarding Quality of Life, respite necessity, caregiver education, and the growing rate of caregivers for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Sullivan's goal is to research the current social and behavioral aspects of Alzheimer's disease and define educational tools that can prove beneficial to the aforementioned populations.

Claire Day has been working for the Alzheimer's Association for 13 years in varying roles including special events, program coordination and early stage and support group expansion. She began managing the Chapter's program and services team in May 2014.

Prior to joining the Alzheimer's Association, Claire worked in the long-term care field providing social service needs to residents. She worked on physical and chemical restraint reduction teams throughout Pennsylvania to improve the quality of life of those living in residential settings.

Claire has extensive media experience in national and local television, radio and print. She currently co-hosts a monthly blog/talk radio show with Denise Brown through caregiving.com on the 4th Tuesday of every month. This show focuses on those caring for someone living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.
This educational seminar is open to healthcare professionals and providers, practitioners, and others interested in this topic. Please feel free to pass this event information on to anyone who may be interested.
Network with Geriatrics Professionals in the Tri-State Area
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Registration: $30/Members, $40/Non-Members
Dinner will be served
For more event information:
contact Nancy Carpey at 610-812-1583 or nancy@epgeriatricssociety.org

EPGS Board Meetings

All Board meetings are held at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Rowland Hall, Room 206 at 6PM.

Past EPGS Events
The EPGS Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner
Monday, December 8

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on December 8 at the Union League of Philadelphia.

A special thank you to our Keynote Speaker, Robert I. Field, PhD, MPH, JD, Professor of Law at the Kline School of Law and Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health at Drexel University for offering insight into his recent book, "Mother of Invention: How the Government Created 'Free-Market' Health Care," which presents a historical overview of government programs in creating and maintaining the health care system and places health reform in the context of an ongoing evolutionary process. His discussion was followed by an insightful question and answer session on related topics.

Our congratulations to our Award Recipients:
  • Professor Robert I. Field of Drexel University, the Charles Ewing President's Award for extraordinary accomplishments in improving the lives of the elderly.
  • Philip C. Taylor, MD, the Barbara Bell, MD Award for distinguished service in the field of Geriatric Medicine.
  • Barbara Reall, MBA, MSN, CRNP of Optum (formerly Evercare), the Nancy Tatum, RN Award for distinguished service in the field of Geriatric Nursing.
  • Paul Nordeman, MHA, NHA of Meadowood Senior Living, the Grace W. Harrison Award for distinguish service in the field of long term care.
Thank you to our Sponsors and supporters who helped make this event possible:
~ GOLD ~



L to R Stephanie Randazzo, Diane Menio, Steve Rovner during the cocktail hour

Past EPGS Secretary, Tricia Corrigan with board member Sandy Pfeffer, Esq. enjoying the evening

Past EPGS Presidents, Dr. Lesley Carson with Dr. Bill Zirker

L to R Grace Harrison with Sue Siegfried and Linda Pancio

Networking with Bob Baron and Cathy Warshaw

Left, Dr. Thomas Lawrence with Barbara Bell, MD Award recipient, Dr. Phil Taylor and his wife Merle.

Dr. Taylor with his friends and colleagues from University of Pennsylvania, Department of Geriatrics - Gold Sponsor

EPGS friends from Maris Grove - Gold Sponsor

Bottom, center: Nancy Tatum, RN award recipient, Barbara Reall with colleagues from Optum- Gold Sponsor

Guests enjoying a lovely dinner and program

Dr. Taylor and his family celebrating receiving his award together

Opening remarks and program from EPGS President, David Hoffman, Esq.

Dr. Philip Taylor, Barbara Bell, MD Award recipient with EPGS President, David Hoffman, Esq. and Dr. Lesley Carson who presented the award to Dr Taylor

Center, Barbara Reall from Optum receives the Nancy Tatum, RN Award with Tricia Corrigan, presenter, and David Hoffman, Esq.

Grace Harrison presenting the Grace W. Harrison Award, along with a hand made sweater, to Paul Nordeman from Meadowood

Paul Nordeman from Meadowood with David Hoffman, Esq. and Grace Harrison

Dr. Robert Field, Professor of Law and Professor of Health Management at Drexel University receiving the Charles Ewing Memorial President's Award from David Hoffman, Esq.

Keynote address

Dr. Field presenting the keynote address based on his book, "Mother of Invention: How the Government Created 'Free-Market' Health Care"

Dr. Field at his book signing

Award recipient, Paul Nordeman with his wife, Susan

EPGS 22nd Annual Research Night
May 27, 2014

1st Place Winner Dr. Amy MacKenzie
Left photo: (l to r) Dr. Shao-ChunYeh, Dr. Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, Dr. Rebakah Abel-Boenerjous, Dr. Su Jung Kim, Dr. Nesha Wijeyakuhan, Dr. Alysa Krain, Dr. John Liantonio, Dr. Kadesha Collins-Fletcher, not pictured: Dr. Amy MacKenzie

1st Place Winner Dr. Amy MacKenzie

Dr. Su Jung Kim &
Dr. Nesha Wijeyakuhan
Thank you to everyone who attended the EPGS 22nd Annual Research Night and to Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLC for hosting this event.

Congratulations to all of our presenters. Our Geriatric Fellow participants represented the following institutions: Thomas Jefferson University, Abington Memorial Hospital, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine & New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging/Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Crozer Chester Medical Center/Temple University Hospital.

Thank you to our supporter: Sanofi

This year's winners and Presenters were:
First Place: Dr. Amy Mackenzie, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - "Self-Reported Health Related Quality of Life in a Senior Adult Oncology Clinic”

Second Place: Dr. Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine & New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging/Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine - "Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea and the Older Dental Patient: How Do Dentists Respond?"

Third Place: Dr. Alysa Krain, University of Pennsylvania - "Standing Order: Influenza Vaccination Protocol at a Long Term Care Facility"

Dr. Rebakah Abel Boenerjous, Crozer Chester Medical Center/Temple University Hospital - “How Well Are We Communicating?”

Dr. Kadesha Collins-Fletcher, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - “The Number of Medications as a Predictor for Hospitalizations”

Dr. Su Jung Kim, Abington Memorial Hospital - “Recruitment Insights Multicenter Clinical Trial: Improving Community Ambulation After Hip Fracture”

Dr. John Liantonio, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - “Quality Improvement: Reducing Emergency Department Utilization and Hospital Admission in Our Home Visit Population”

Dr. Neshahthari Wijeyakuhan, Abington Memorial Hospital - “Telemedicine vs. Traditional Care: Assessing Patients and Families Knowledge of Medical Coverage Protocols in Long Term Care”

Dr. Shao-Chun Yeh, Rowan University SOM NJISA - “Nursing Home Preparedness for Geriatric Sexuality”

Diabetes Care in the Geriatric Patient
April 29, 2014

We would like to thank the Abramson Center for Jewish Life for hosting this EPGS Program. Also a special thank you to Dr. Stanley Schwartz for his engaging, educational, and informative presentation: Therapeutic Interventions in Type 2 Diabetes, A Proactive Clinician's Pathophysiologic Approach to Therapy in Older Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A New Paradigm. (click here to download a copy of Dr. Stanley's PowerPoint Presentation)
Thank you to our Supporter: Sanofi-Diabetes

Photos from past events

EPGS Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner
December 5, 2013

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more event photos
Download documents from past events
May 15, 2012 - 20th Annual Research Night
Thank you to everyone who attended the EPGS 20th Annual Research Night and congratulations to all of our presenters. Our Geriatric Fellow participants represented the following institutions: Thomas Jefferson University, University of Medicine and Dentistry Of New Jersey, Abington Memorial Hospital, Temple University/Crozer Chester, and Sacred Heart Hospital.
First Place: Dr. Christian White, University Of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine - "A Comparison of Nursing Home Staff who use a Person-Centered Perspective to Those who use a Standard Paradigm Perspective on Related Stress"
Second Place: Dr. Alyson Dobracki, Temple University Hospital - "Under-Recognition of Weight Loss in Community-Dwelling elders"
Third Place: Dr. Nataliya Dementovych, Abington Memorial Hospital - "Improving Function After Hospitalization in Older Adults With Co-Morbidities"
Dr. Cosmina Popa
Dr. Jenny Chiang

October 12, 2011 - Preventing Elder Investment Fraud: Assessing Your Patients for Vulnerability to Financial Exploitation
- by Joshua D. Uy, M.D., UPenn, Department of Medicine & Michael J. Byrne, Pennsylvania Securities Commission (Powerpoint - 4MB)

March 15, 2011: Hoarding in the Elderly: A Threat to Aging in Place
Presented by Dr. Mary Ann Forciea, UPenn-Medical Director, In-Home Program, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Hoarding in the Elderly: A Threat to Aging in Place (PowerPoint)
- Self Neglect Severity Scale (PDF)

October 14th, 2009: Hospice Care, The New Frontier for Compliance & Enforcement
- Click here to download a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation
- Oregon Hospice Pays $1.83 Million to Settle False Claims Act Liability

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