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Dementia Care Without Drugs Symposium
Tue, June 05, 2012 9:00AM to 4:00PM (Pacific)
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Dementia Care Without Drugs Symposium
The Problem with Drugging as First Resort in Addressing Dementia Care

The use of anti-psychotic drugs nearly doubles the risk of death for seniors with dementia-yet they are often the first-line of treatment.  Join us to learn about new breakthroughs in non-pharmacological dementia care.

Learning Objectives
What You Will Learn:
1) The behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) as forms of communicating unmet needs, rather than as a disease, and how to treat them.
2) Non-pharmacological options for caring for people with dementia focused on comfort rather than control and how to implement these options into a daily caregiving practice
3) The clinical risks of using antipsychotic drugs to treat dementia in elderly people and the legal requirements of using psychotropic drugs in nursing homes

CEU's Provided
6 CEU's-LCSW, LMFT, Attorney's, Nursing Home Administrators, RN, and LVN
BBS #1156; BRN # CEP15861; NHAP # 1752006-2207


Skirball Cultural Center
Ahmanson Hall
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd
LA, CA 90049

8:00-9:00 AM Registration

9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 Dr. Jonathan Evans, "Understanding & Approaching Challenging Behaviors in Dementia"

10:45 Break

11:00 Tena Alonzo, "Adopting a Culture of Comfort"

Noon Lunch

1:00 PM Tony Chicotel, Esq. & Christopher Cherney, "The Least-Medicating Approach"

2:00 Questions and Answers

2:30 Break

2:45 Breakout Sessions

3:30 Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers
Tena Alonzo, M.A. has spent the past 27 years in long-term care serving in a variety of roles. She is currently the Director of Research and Dementia Programs at the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, Arizona.  Tena has been a driving force in the development of Vermilion Cliffs, a nationally recognized skilled nursing neighborhood, dedicated to creating and teaching best caregiving practices for persons with advanced dementia.She also serves as the Co-director of the Palliative Rotation for Palliative Care. As an author, Tena's work has appeared in the Gerontologist, The Arizona Geriatric Society Journal, The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, The Annuals of Long-term Care, and the New York Times.  She is a member of the Technical Expert Panel for the National Initiative to Improve Behavioral Health & Reduce the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Home Residents.  She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Jonathan Evans, MD, MPH, FACP, CMD is the Vice-President of the American Medical Directors’ Association (AMDA) and has been a physician specializing in the care of frail older people for over 25 years. Dr. Evans graduated from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota and is an Associate Professor and Head of the Section of Geriatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Pallative Medicine. Dr. Evans is currently the medical director of two skilled nursing facilities and frequently speaks and writes about dementia care and ending the misuse of psychotropic drugs.  Dr. Evans testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging on November 30, 2011 regarding the human and taxpayers' costs of antipsychotics in nursing homes.

Christopher Cherney has been a California licensed nursing home administrator since 1997. Before becoming an administrator he was a long-term care ombudsman, as well as a home health aide and certified nursing assistant. A graduate of Harvard University, with a Bachelor's degree in Biochemical Sciences, he is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Gerontology at San Francisco State University. In 2000, he consulted to Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in California, and Washington, DC, regarding nursing home staffing. Since 2005, he has served as an expert witness in elder abuse litigation, contributing all of his fees to non-profit organizations.
Tony Chicotel, Esq., MPP is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law and the University of California School of Public Policy. Early in his practice, he worked in Las Vegas representing people in mental health facilities. Tony moved to California, and over the next six years, worked as a staff attorney in a program providing free legal services to older San Diego County residents, where he was also lead attorney in their Nursing Home Rights Enforcement Project. For the past five years, Tony has worked as a staff attorney for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform in San Francisco. In 2006, he received the California Lawyer Magazine “Attorney of the Year” Award for his work in elder law and nursing homes.

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