American Society on Aging presents:

The Time Is Now to Address Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia

Thursday, February 5, 2015: 10:00 AM- 11:00AM Pacific

Must be a registered ASA member to sign up.

As opposed to core cognitive symptoms, it is the behavioral symptoms of dementia that tend to create the most difficulties for individuals with dementia, their caregivers, and healthcare providers. These manifestations are among the most complex, stressful, and costly aspects of care, leading to frequent hospitalizations, early nursing home placement, and increased mortality. Nevertheless, the increased recent national focus on Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias has all but ignored behavioral symptoms: There is no national strategy to address these symptoms. While healthcare providers are exhorted by CMS and others to reduce antipsychotic use due to poor risk-benefit ratios, providers and staff lack access to training programs or approaches for assessing and managing behavioral symptoms of dementia.

In this web seminar, we will describe an algorithmic approach called DICE, which stands for Describe, Investigate, Create and Evaluate. DICE is derived from a multidisciplinary national expert panel. It is an evidence-informed approach designed to detect and manage behavioral symptoms of dementia, while considering possible etiologies, and integrating pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments. It also is designed for healthcare providers to implement in the real world, in a variety of settings. We will also discuss applying DICE in different settings and the role of health and human service professionals in the DICE process.


Managing Mom’s Money: Understanding Financial Caregiving

Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a family member or friend who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. This can be very overwhelming. But, it’s also a great opportunity to help someone they care about, and protect them from scams and exploitation.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office for Older Americans released four easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers. The Managing Someone Else’s Money guides are for agents under powers of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees, and government benefit fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries). The webinar will provide ideas to a broad spectrum of caregiving stakeholders on how to disseminate the guides and to help family caregivers. Next steps in the CFPB’s initiative will be described.


  • Help family caregivers understand how to manage someone else’s money and fulfill the duties of a fiduciary
  • Teach family caregivers about elder financial exploitation and how to prevent and respond to it
  • Provide resources on where to go for help
  • Assist professionals, service providers and other stakeholders in understanding financial caregiving and provide ideas for sharing the guides.

DATE/TIME: Thursday: November 20, 2014
1-2pm (PST), 3-4pm (CDT), 4-5pm (EST)


COST: $15

Click HERE to register.


If you have any questions please contact the Education Coordinator at adugay@caregiver.org or 800-445-8106, ext. 313. Thank you!

*Please purchase ticket at least 24 hours before this webinar. You have the option to register to view it live OR as a recording. CEU’s are available through the Board of Behavioral Sciences (MFTs, LCSWs, Ed. Psychologists, & Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors).

Speaker: Naomi Karp, J.D.  

Naomi Karp, J.D., is Older Americans Senior Policy Analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans working on elder financial exploitation and retirement planning issues.  Her work has a particular focus on the impact of diminished decision-making capacity on the financial security of older adults.  From 2005 to 2011, Karp was a policy advisor at AARP’s Public Policy Institute where she conducted research and supported advocacy regarding elder abuse, guardianship, advance care planning, and other legal rights issues.  From 1988-2005, she served on the staff of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, and previously was a legal services attorney.  She holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law.


A FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Health professionals and students, family caregivers, friends of and affected individuals, and others interested in learning about dementia and quality care will benefit from completing the course. Led by Drs. Nancy Hodgson and Laura Gitlin, participants will acquire foundational knowledge in the care of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurocognitive disorders in this 5-week course.


1. Free
2. Signature Track to receive a Verified Certificate
3. Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit


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The CSWE Gero-Ed Center invites you to participate in the following webinar:
Becoming a Certified Application Counselor for the Upcoming ACA Open Enrollment Period
Thursday, October 16, 2014
2:00 pm EST
Participant Number: 1-877-267-1577
Meeting ID Number: 990 102 355
(Registration Not Required)
The Gero-Ed Center is pleased to partner with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare (SSWLHC) to offer a joint webinar on the Certified Application Counselors (CAC) program as a part of our webinar series on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Social Work.
CACs are volunteers who enroll people in the Health Insurance Marketplace, and social workers with CAC training are needed to make the next ACA open enrollment period (11/15/14–2/15/15) a success. This webinar will feature social work practitioners and educators who will share their enrollment experiences and best practices for helping people connect with health insurance coverage. Step-by-step instructions on how to become a CAC will also be provided by CMS representatives. The CAC program is specifically for states with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace or a State Partnership Marketplace. The presentation will also include a brief overview of the CAC Program in the State Based Marketplaces (SBM).
Nikki Viverette, MSW
Navigator Program Coordinator, Tennessee Primary Care Association
Katharine Briar-Lawson, PhD
Dean and Professor, University at Albany School of Social Welfare
Linda K. P. Mertz, MSW,  LCSWR
Former Co-Principal Investigator, Navigator Program, University at Albany School of Social Welfare
Pam Thompson, LCSW
Director, Social Service, Kootenai, Idaho; President SSWLHC
Pamela Nicholson
CAC Project Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services
Tricia Beckmann
CAC Policy Lead, Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services
We also encourage you to submit questions in advance regarding the CAC program to Partnership@cms.hhs.gov.  For more information on the Certified Application Counselor (CAC) program and basic eligibility criteria, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/assister-programs/cac.html
The Gero-Ed Center Team



Relationships: The New Medicine for Dementia

July 30, 2014
For more information and to register please click here.



The series will highlight resources that professionals in the public health, aging services and
research networks can use to inform, educate and empower community members, people with
dementia and their family caregivers. It may come as no surprise that our own Laura Gitlin, PhD
will be one of the presenters for the September webinar! For more information please click here.



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April 22, 2014
The ACA is altering the delivery of behavioral health services, moving toward a model of integrated health services. Yet many social work education programs are not preparing their students with the knowledge, values, and skills needed to work effectively within settings that integrate behavioral and physical health care under the ACA. Learn about this rapidly changing practice arena from Suzanne Daub, a Senior Integrated Health Consultant who has effectively overseen the integration of behavioral health services into primary care practice. Please access the webinar recording here.



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The ACA is dramatically influencing the delivery of health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults and people with disabilities. Learn from two highly regarded social work practitioners—Robyn Golden from Rush University Medical Center and Sandy Atkins from Partners in Care Foundation—about the primary provisions of the ACA that create opportunities for new social work roles related to prevention-based programs, coordinated care, and the management and delivery of LTSS. Please access the webinar recording here.