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The West Virginia Geriatrics Society is a state affiliate of the American Geriatrics Society and works to improve the care of older adults through interdisciplinary professional teamwork, education, advocacy and public policy.  

WVGS 14th Annual Scientific Assembly Save the Date

The 2018 West Virginia Geriatrics Society Scientific Assembly, “Caregiving:  Challenges and Solutions”  is designed to enhance the care of the geriatric population and address pressing issues currently on the forefront of geriatric care.  In communities across the Mountain State, nearly 300,000 West Virginians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility.

   This activity will recognize and discuss that caring for others is difficult and caregivers often feel stress.  The training will focus on identifying burnout, stress relief, specific strategies for caring for the patient with Alzheimer’s disease and those with chronic conditions. They will learn how palliative and hospice care services can be used to enhance the quality of life for patients.    

  The Proposed content of the CME relates to the extreme need seen in our state including lack of services in more rural parts of the state. .This CME , in line with the American Geriatric Society, will assist the collaborative practice of all disciplines involved in Geriatric care in West Virginia.  After attending the Assembly attendees will be able to:

¨ Define and identify signs and symptoms of physician and caregiver burnout

¨ Learn techniques to help with stress relief

¨ Describe common challenges effecting grandparents raising grandchildren

¨ Identify resources for assistive technology, durable medical equipment and telemedicine.

¨ Describe quality care for adults with dementia

¨ Determine when palliative or hospice care is appropriate

 

The WVGS Assembly includes a Poster Competition for students, residents and/or fellows.  It can be research or an original case study.  For more information view the guidance or contact wvgs@hsc.wvu.edu or call 304-400-9229

Poster Competition WVGS 2018

Want to showcase your organization or company?  Exhibit at the WVGS 14th Annual Scientific Assembly on September 13, 2018 at the University of Charleston. 

Exhibitor Opportunity WVGS 2018  

WVGS and CAMC-WVGEC sponsor monthly Geriatrics Lunchtime Learning Events:

September 27, 2017 - Time to Stop Growing Old, Suicide in Older Adults

October 25, 2017 - Delirium:  A Geriatric Perspective 

January 24, 2018 - Substance Misuse in Older Adults

March 28, 2018 - Geriatric Drug Therapy

April 25, 2018 Response to Elder Abuse

Educational Opportunities for families and individuals facing Alzheimer's disease

https://www.alz.org/wv/in_my_community_education.asp