Understanding assessments, determinations, and diagnoses – and challenging doctors when needed
This educational webinar, presented by Carilyn Ellis, is being held on Thursday, January 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM MST.
We live in a highly clinical age, where aspects of everyday living are quantified, qualified and often given prescription medication to manage. We are screened and tested for a myriad of things when we enter the doctor’s office (cognitive functioning, orientation, health habits, depression, anxiety etc.). It can be difficult to understand what “normal aging” is or what constitutes “health” in this day and age.
This presentation will focus on understanding some of the most common assessments used in geriatric populations (E.g. Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE), Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), Patient Health Questionaire-9 (PHQ-9) and more). Many of you work with patients who have been diagnosed based on screening tools, or deemed as having or not having capacity during a hospital admission in which they were medically fragile. Knowledge is power, and I hope to provide you with some knowledge of these tools, as well as methods of questioning determinations, asking for second opinions and aiding patients and their families in talking with (and sometimes challenging) their healthcare providers.
Carilyn Ellis is a psychology intern at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center, specializing in Palliative Care, Geriatric Home-Based Primary Care, Outpatient Mental Health and Neuropsychology. Carilyn completed her Master of Arts (M.A.) in clinical psychology and doctor of psychology (Psy.D) at George Fox University in Newberg, OR. She loves her career and is motivated by a “profound personal belief that everyone, regardless of what he or she has done, reserves the right to an advocate.” She loves serving those who served our country, and especially loves working with Veterans. “It is a daily honor to provide care for Veterans during their end of life transitions. It is a unique position, because as much as I teach and comfort, I learn and am comforted by them.” The daughter of an international family, Carilyn spent years of her childhood living in Japan and travelling throughout Europe and the United States. When she is not working, she is running, reading, writing and exploring this strange new land of Utah.
2014 Annual Updates on Medicare
This educational webinar, presented by Nancy Dykeman, is being held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM MST.
Want to know more about the differences among Medicare Parts A, B, C and D? Have questions about the differences between open enrollment, annual enrollment and special enrollment? Curious about the new 2014 Medicare changes to premiums, deductibles, and co-payments? Attend our free webinar on Medicare on Thursday, February 6, 2014.
The best part of this webinar? CSAs will have access to the entire webinar package so they can use it to educate their own clients. The package will include:
Nancy Dykeman is the owner of Long-Term Care Planning Consultants, LLC, and founder/principal of LTCares, an education and planning company. Nancy provides education to individuals and business groups on planning for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Senior Housing, Final Planning and Long-term Care.
She is recognized nationally as a premier educator in the LTCi field, serving as a core instructor for The Corporation for Long-Term Care Certification, and is the Chairman of the Board of the CLTC Board of Standards. She is a faculty member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, and an instructor of the Colorado Partnership Plan Training for LTC Connection.
As a speaker and lead presenter, she and her team of 16 top presenters represent the nation’s large-group LTCi carrier, conducting onsite informational meetings across the country. In addition they support mid-size employer groups for benefits brokers. She and her team positively impact LTCi group benefits participation.
Nancy has been a licensed producer for over 13 years, working with consumers in the 45-75 age brackets. Her experience in planning began more than 30 years ago as co-owner of her family-owned funeral services company. After becoming a licensed nursing home administrator, she operated large retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. She was a caregiver for her mother for 20 years, her father for five years, her husband for several months and most recently, her daughter, who has now recovered from cancer. Nancy’s goal is to help families prepare for aging and caregiving issues.
Nancy was selected as a national presenter for The Women’s Project for Long-Term Care, providing education on this women’s issue. She is primarily an educator and involved in her community in Beaufort, South Carolina where she and her family reside.
- a PowerPoint note-taking booklet
- a handout on Medicare 2014 premiums
- a handout illustrating the case study and how it applies to the different Medicare parts
- a handout on additional resources for seniors
- a full speaking script
- and the PowerPoint slides