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Primary Care and Geriatrics:
Addressing Issues of Aging Patients - 2017 Update

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11-Night Western Mediterranean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
July 10 - 21, 2017

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours

Course Fees:
$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
$495 Nurses & Others
BIAS FREE CME - No Commercial Support was provided for this CME activity.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Faculty
Robert Louis Dickman, MD FAAFP, AGSF
Dr. Dickman was the founding Chair of Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and the inaugural Jaharis Family Chair of Family Medicine from 2001-2009. Dr Dickman has also been very active in Geriatric Medicine since its inception in the US in the mid 1980's. He has been a fellow in the American Geriatrics Society since 1985 and been certified in geriatrics since 1988. Dr Dickman has lectured and published widely in the areas of geriatric medicine and medical ethics with a particular interest in overmedication in the elderly. He is currently an attending physician at Hebrew Senior Life, a large Harvard affiliated geriatric care program with multiple sites in the Boston area.

Eric G. Tangalos, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD
Dr. Eric Tangalos is Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was Chair of Primary Care Internal Medicine from 1997 to 2006. Dr. Tangalos received his undergraduate training from the University of Michigan, is a graduate of the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and was a resident and fellow in Internal Medicine at Mayo.

He is a past president of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) and is a fellow and past governor of the American College of Physicians. He is a past director of the American Geriatrics Society and served on their Foundation for Health in Aging. He served eight years on the national board of the Alzheimer's Association and was a member of their executive committee. He is a delegate to the AMA and is the immediate past chair of the AMDA Public Policy Committee.

He continues as Co-Director of Education for the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and has been continuously funded by the NIA since 1987. He is active with NCQA, AMA/PQRI and most recently was appointed to the National Quality Forum "Common Formats" steering committee. Dr. Tangalos also serves as Chair of the Omnicare P&T Committee.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Atrial Fibrillation
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Be able to use evidence based data to decide between rate and rhythm control in your patient
    • Be able to utilize the CHAD score to decide about anticoagulation in your patient
    • Be able to advise your patient about the pros and cons of ablation as a treatment
  2. Falls Prevention and Management
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Define falls
    • Understand gait and balance disturbances in the elderly
    • Implement a falls management program for long-term care residents
    • Apply quality measures to benefit patient care and practice reimbursement
    • Describe four age related changes which may contribute to falls in your elderly patient
    • Be able to assess environmental changes that may contribute to falls in your patients
    • Be aware of strategies to reduce the incidence of frequent falling in your patients
  3. Osteoporosis
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Understand the Institute of Medicine report on vitamin D
    • Review definitions of osteoporosis by DEXA and FRAX
    • Know which of your patients need to be screened, when and how often
    • Know how to interpret the T score on a DEXA scan and its limitations
    • Utilize therapies that include bisphosphonates, PTH and inhibitors of the RANK/RANKL/OPG system
    • Recommend appropriate vitamin D therapy
    • Council patients on calcium supplementation and cardiovascular risk
    • Summarize the various dental guidelines on osteonecrosis
  4. Mild Cognitive Impairment
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Define Mild Cognitive Impairment in both amnestic and non-amnestic disease states
    • Understand the potential implications of early diagnosis of dementia for patient care outcomes
    • Describe progress in biomarker research for Alzheimer's disease
  5. Dementia
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Evaluate patients for symptoms of cognitive and functional loss
    • Know the clinical manifestations of Alzheimer's disease and how to work up this problem in your patients
    • Be able to diagnose Frontotemporal dementia and distinguish it from Parkinson's disease in your patients
    • Apply appropriate drug and non-drug interventions for patients with dementia
    • Counsel families and caregivers at all stages of disease
  6. Anemia and CKD in the Elderly
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Discuss prevention methods for anemia in CKD with a healthcare team and older patients
    • Identify patients who are at-risk of developing anemia of CKD
    • Develop therapy courses for older people with CKD that combine healthy lifestyle choices and medication
    • Describe best practices in the management of anemia and CKD
  7. Management of Constipation
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Evaluate interdisciplinary strategies to overcome common barriers that hinder the optimal management of chronic constipation in health care settings
    • Discuss the key components of a facility-wide approach to managing chronic constipation
    • Describe the implementation of appropriate bowel protocols in health care settings
    • Outline the elements of treatment plans that can be tailored for individual residents for chronic constipation to prevent severe complications
  8. Depression in the Elderly
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Recommend primary and adjuvant therapy for the depressed elderly patient
    • Utilize the PHQ-9 in all practice settings
    • Identify opportunities for non-drug interventions for depression including cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Know three ways to distinguish Late Life Depression from Major Depressive Disorder in your older patients
    • Recognize three "trigger diseases" which are associated with Late Life Depression
    • Be familiar with four classes of anti-depressant medications and when to utilize them in your patients
  9. Delirium
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Be able to apply the confusion assessment method in diagnosing delirium in your older patients
    • Know at least four major causes of delirium in your patients
    • Be able to develop a plan to prevent and when not possible to effectively treat delirium
  10. Management of Chronic Non-malignant Pain in the Elderly
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Understand the pathogenesis of pain
    • Evaluate pain in elderly patients
    • Apply recent guidelines in pain management
    • Choose appropriate drug therapy and multimodal interventions for the relief of pain
  11. Improving Safety and Reducing Medication Errors
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Identify medications that place long term care residents at high risk of medication misadventure
    • List mechanisms available to decrease the risk of medication errors in select environments
    • Identify the major areas of medication risk in the elderly residents
    • Outline strategies to improve medication safety
  12. COPD and the Management of Respiratory Disease in the Elderly
    Objectives: After this session, the learner will be able to:
    • Evaluate interdisciplinary strategies to overcome common barriers that hinder the optimal management of COPD in health care settings
    • Discuss the key components of a facility-wide approach to managing respiratory illness
    • Implement the appropriate use of nebulizers, MDIs and oxygen for long-term care residents
  13. Medical Ethics and the End of Life
    Objectives: After this session the learner will be able to:
    • Understand 3 ethical principles which may be utilized in decision making at the end of life
    • Know when and how to utilize hospice care for your patients
    • Know how to discuss the issue of parenteral feeding with patients and families who are no longer taking food by mouth
  14. Transitions in Care
    Objectives: At the end of this session the learner will be able to:
    • Apply the principles of INTERACT in long term care environments "Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers"
    • Consider Project BOOST for hospital transitions "Better Outcomes for Older adults through Safe Transitions"
    • Understand the principles underlying Project RED "Re-Engineered Discharge"
  15. Case Discussions
    Objectives: At the end of this session the learner will be able to:
    • Address any additional discussion items not previously reviewed
    • Present cases for all to consider
    • Review information not clearly stated


Key Applications
  • Apply geriatric care quality indicators into every day practice
  • Effectively manage common geriatric syndromes and conditions in different settings of care
  • Re-engineer clinical practice to improve quality, efficiency, and safety in geriatric patients
  • Participate in innovative models of geriatric care that will evolve as Medicare changes its reimbursement policies
  • Apply the updated Beers Criteria in deciding about medication use in your patients
  • Utilize the CHAD score when deciding about anticoagulation in your patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Utilize the Geriatric Depression Scale to screen for depression in your older patients
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Accreditation

Accredited Continuing Medical Education Accreditation: Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


ANCC Accredited Continuing Nursing Education Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

Nurse Practitioners can claim either ANCC Contact Hours or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as needed aanpcert.org/ptistore/control/recert/ce_opps.
Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program . Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this activity.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) .

US or Canadian Family Physicians: Please let us know if you require AAFP Prescribed Credits.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Cruise Itinerary
DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Mon Jul 10 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
- 5:00 pm
Tue Jul 11 Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Wed Jul 12 Nice, France
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Jul 13 Barcelona, Spain
10:00 am -
Fri Jul 14 Barcelona, Spain
- 5:00 pm
Sat Jul 15 At Sea
- -
Sun Jul 16 Malaga, Spain
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Mon Jul 17 Gibraltar, United Kingdom
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Jul 18 Cartagena, Spain
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Jul 19 Ibiza, Spain
8:00 am 7:00 pm
Thu Jul 20 At Sea
- -
Fri Jul 21 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
5:00 am -
EXCLUSIVE SHORE EXCURSIONS
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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