OSU Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics fall conference set for Tulsa

Wellness and Long-term care considerations for older adults to be highlighted

The sixth annual Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics conference will be held Sept. 24-25 at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa. Barbara Speedling and Carol Ryff, Ph.D. will be the keynote speakers for “Wellness: Building Capacity for Tomorrow’s Older Adult.” Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the keynote addresses beginning at 8:30 a.m. each morning.

Tammy Henderson, director of the conference and human development and family science associate professor, said this year’s conference will focus on the wellness of older adults, including guidelines known as Preadmission Screening and Resident Review or PASRR. PASSR guidelines serve to ensure that individuals with intellectual disabilities or mental health concerns are identified through effective screening assessments so that they receive appropriate care services, and are placed in appropriate nursing, long-term care, or other facilities.

“We are pleased with the experts who will bring a wide range of important information for assuring older persons and other individuals with intellectual disabilities or mental health concerns are cared for appropriately and to address ethical competencies for persons caring for people who may be a part of this vulnerable population,” Henderson said. “Our goal is to inform as many people as possible on a range of health care concerns and compounding issues, such as vision impairments and mental illness, and to focus on resilience and best practices that promote the overall wellness of older adults, persons with intellectual disabilities, and mental health concerns..”

PASRR is a federal requirement to help ensure that all applicants to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility be evaluated for mental illness and/or intellectual disability, be offered the most appropriate setting for their needs in the community, a nursing facility, or acute care setting, and receive the services they need in those settings.

Barbara Speedling will present “Creatively Achieving a Meaningful and Satisfying Life: PASRR Evaluations and Recommendations That Matter. She will focus on the evaluations and recommendations and their role in patients’ wellbeing.

As a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ryff is the director of the university’s Institute on Aging. Her research focuses on behavioral, psychological and social factors in aging and well-being.  Ryff leads a research project, Midlife in the U.S. that started in 1995 with 7,000 participants. With funding from the National Institute on Aging, MIDUS involves researchers from many universities throughout the nation. Ryff will present results from MIDUS that relate to the mental health of older adults.

Edward Kako, Ph.D. and Dan Timmel will lead a session on the basic aspects of PASRR explaining how the evaluation process works emphasizing the role of person centered screenings and reviews. Kako is the director of operations and a senior associate at Mission Analytics Group. Timmel is a policy analyst for long-term care in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is responsible for Medicaid Long Term Care benefits and the PASRR program for nursing facilities. Other topics will include holistic care for older adults and the aging-workforce crisis.

Early registration charges for the two-day event are $35 for the public or $25 for students and seniors 65 and older. From Aug. 2 through Sept. 1, the costs increase to $55 and $35. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. To register, go to http://osu-okgec.okstate.edu.

Professional continuing education credits will be available for nursing, LPC, and LMFT.  Other continuing education options are pending.

Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics is presented by the OSU College of Human Sciences’ Center for Family Resilience and Department of Human Development and Family Science and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation. Sponsors of the event include the National Association of PASRR Professionals, PASRR Technical Assistance Center, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service, Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, Magellan Healthcare, Senior Life Services the Alzheimer’s Association, Ascend Management Innovations and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors-Older Persons Division. The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing serves as a co-provider of nursing continuing education credits.

Professional continuing education credits will be available for Nursing, LPC, LADC, MSW/LCSW, LMFT,  CFLE, and  NAB. 

Registration is now closed 

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