2011 Conference

June 25, 2011 • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wes Watkins Center • OSU-Stillwater


The population growth of older adults in Oklahoma is out-pacing the number of health care and other professionals trained in Gerontology and Geriatrics. The University of Oklahoma and several consortium partners make up the Oklahoma Geriatrics Education Center (OKGEC), a group who seeks to train health professionals throughout the state of Oklahoma using evidence-based education specific to gerontology and geriatrics.

OSU, a consortium partner with OKGEC, is having its first annual conference that is focused on three primary themes: (a) Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren; (b) Special Populations of Older Adults in Oklahoma, such as widows and older Oklahoma prisoner populations; and (c) Health and Wellness with a two-part session on information on and diagnostic assessments for Dementia and Alzheimer's.


Conference participants will be able to:

  • Identify links between Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • Apply evidence-based information to enhance the best practices or meet practice gaps in working with older adults

CE Credit

Those completing the workshop will be awarded 4.0 contact hours. The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. UOC#0613. Approval active July 8, 2010 – June 30, 2013.

Continuing Education applications have been submitted for LPC, LMFT, MSW, PT/OT, and CLE.

Conference Agenda

8:00 Registration
9:00 Introductions
Dr. Pamela Fry — Office of the Provost
Oklahoma Department of Health
Dr. Thomas Teasdale — Director of OKGEC
Dr. Eugene Hoyt — Payne, Pawnee, and Nobel County Medical Society
Dr. Sue Williams — HDFS Department Head
9:30 Keynote Address:"Widowed Older Adults in Rural Areas: Identifying Challenges and Solutions" — Dr. Deborah Carr
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10:30 Break
11:00 Special Session:"What Grandparents Need To Know About Their Legal Rights And The Legal System - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" — Donna J. Jackson, Attorney at Law
"Legal Issues of Grandparents raising grandchildren" — Donna J. Jackson, Attorney at Law
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Breakout Session 1
A. "Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer's: Challenges and Solutions -Part 1" — Gail Bieber, LCSW
B. "End of Life Planning and Decision-making" — Dr. Deborah Carr
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C. "Common Disabilities in Older Adults: Keeping People with Arthritis Moving" — Terry Leahy, PT, MHS, NCS
2:30 Break
3:00 Breakout Session 2
A. "Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer's: Challenges and Solutions - Part 2" — Ms. Gail Bieber, LCSW
B. "Addressing the Healthcare Needs of Older Male Prisoners" — Alex Bishop, Ph.D. & Michael Merten, Ph.D.
C. "Grandparents: Joy, Challenges, Rights, and Responsibilities" — Tammy L. Henderson, Ph.D.
4:00 Special Session and Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Deborah Carr is a Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. She studies family, health and aging, and end of life issues. Dr. Carr has co-authored five books, including Spousal Bereavement in Late Life (Springer, 2006) she has published more than 75 journal articles and chapters.

Donna Jackson, Attorney at Law, has been practicing privately since 1988. She is licensed to practice in the state of Oklahoma and limits her practice to Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, and Taxes, Business Succession Planning, and Business Planning.

Gail Bieber is the Vice President of Programs for the Alzheimer's Association Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter. She assists in development and implementation of innovative programs focusing on Younger-Onset Alzheimer's, Early Stage Alzheimer's and the Chapter's teen caregiver respite summer camp. She has been a clinical licensed counselor for 25 years.

Terry Leahy is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Langston University. Her predominant interest and expertise is in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. She has been a physical therapist for 26 years.


The conference will be held at Wes Watkins Conference Center, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. For directions, please click here.

For more information, please contact:

Tammy Henderson, Ph.D. at
(405) 744-8350 (OFFICE) or
(405) 744-2800 (FAX) or
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The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are equal opportunity institutions.