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Audiology Conference May 11, 2017, in New York

Hearing Loss, Dementia and Healthy Aging: Audiologist as Gatekeeper?

CHC and CaringKind invite audiologists, related professionals and graduate students in audiology and related professions to a conference May 11, 2017, at CaringKind’s offices in New York City.

This program is offered for .7 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional level).

 

 

 

 

 

Online registration for the conference is now open. Please use the link below to register or call us at 917-305-7702 if you have any questions regarding the registration process.

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Title: Hearing Loss, Dementia and Healthy Aging: Audiologist as Gatekeeper?
Date: May 11, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Conference description:

Currently, 5.3 million older adults have Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD).  Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops the condition and by mid-century. Every 33 seconds a baby boomer will develop dementia.  Hearing loss afflicts a third of adults age 65 and older and it increases to two out of every three adults age 75 and older.  People with hearing loss are at risk for developing dementia.

As the dementia crisis deepens, are you prepared? Designed specifically for audiologists, this conference will provide a deeper understanding of how ADRD impacts current and future older adult clients with hearing loss. Identifying ADRD as early as possible is critical.  Audiologists have an important role as a gatekeeper in identifying people at risk and connect them with the proper resources for diagnosis and care.

Learning outcomes from the program are:

  • Identify signs of ADRD and how the condition impacts functioning, cognition and emotional health
  • Explain the latest research on the impact of hearing loss on dementia test results as well as co-morbidities and rehabilitation
  • Identify local resources for ADRD diagnosis, care and support for seniors and their families
  • Describe effective communication skills to utilize with patients with early, middle and late stage dementia
  • State how to use practical tools, hearing assistive technology and counseling techniques
  • Explain how to expand your practice to include persons with ADRD and their caregivers
  • Describe best practices and insights shared in the conference to ensure delivery of outstanding care

Location:
CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
360 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY  10017
646-744-2900

Timing:
8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Cost:
$75–Professionals, $25–Students (incl. light breakfast/lunch/reception)

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Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Josh Chodosh, MD, presenter, CHC Conference, 2017Presenter: Dr. Josh Chodosh, M.D., M.S.H.S., F.A.C.P.,  Michael L. Freedman Professor of Geriatric Research in Medicine, Director, Freedman Research Program on Aging and Cognition, Professor of Medicine and Population Health, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, NYU School of Medicine See financial/nonfinancial disclosures

This presentation will use a case based approach to dementia by type covering typical presentations, brief background on recent investigations and a few points on its relationship to hearing loss.

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain the heterogeneity of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD)
  • Describe the epidemiology of the various types
  • State some recent discoveries that may illuminate pathophysiology and therapeutic targets

Caring for a Family Member with Dementia and Overview of Resources

Anne Foetg, presenter, CHC Conference, 2017Presenter: Anne Foerg, LMSW.  Director of Social Work, CaringKind See financial/nonfinancial disclosures

This presentation will discuss the unique challenges faced by family caregivers of people with dementia, both practical and emotional, as well as provide an overview of the resources available to help families negotiate these challenges.

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain common challenges in caring for people with dementia in the early, middle and late stages of the condition
  • Identify symptoms of caregiver stress
  • Locate services available to support people with dementia and family caregivers, both at CaringKind, and through other community resources

Cognitive Screening in Individuals with Sensory Loss: Challenges and Opportunities

Kathy Pichora-Fuller, presenter, CHC Conference, 2017Presenter:  Kathy Pichora-Fuller, Ph.D. Department of Psychology, University of Toronto in Mississauga See financial/nonfinancial disclosures

Sensory loss and cognitive loss both increase with age. Mounting evidence suggests that these changes are inter-related; however, the mechanisms underlying the connection between sensory loss and cognitive loss remain unknown. For any listener, recall on memory tests can be reduced when the quality of the sensory input is reduced (e.g., in noisy conditions). Conversely, improving the quality of the sensory input can boost recall. Nevertheless, even if hearing loss is accommodated, it seems that people with age-related hearing loss (ARHL) perform worse on memory tests and are at greater risk for developing dementia compared to peers with better hearing. The short- and long-term effects of ARHL on performance on cognitive tests will be reviewed in light of research on the cognitive neuroscience of aging. Potential uses of information from sensory and cognitive tests for promoting health and optimizing everyday communication will be discussed.

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe how sensory aging affects performance on cognitive tests
  • Describe the risk of dementia in people with age-related hearing loss
  • Explain how to accommodate hearing loss in cognitive testing
  • Explain how sensory and cognitive test results could be used to optimize everyday communication

Multi-Morbidities and Rehabilitation Considerations

Presenter: Barbara Weinstein, Ph.D., Professor & Founding Executive Director of the Doctor of Audiology Program, Graduate Center, CUNY See financial/nonfinancial disclosures

Age related hearing loss (ARHL) is a risk factor for a number health conditions including  senile dementia.  Possible explanations for the connection including the co-occurrence of a number of physical  (e.g. visual loss) and psychosocial (e.g. social isolation) will be discussed as will rehabilitative considerations relating to mulitmorbidity. Assessment and management approaches to persons with age related hearing loss and dementia will be presented as will in an effort to address and untangle the challenges posed by this growing population.

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the co-morbidities from which many persons with age related hearing loss and dementia  suffer
  • Explain the role of audiologists in identifying and managing persons with age related hearing loss and dementia
  • Utilize practical tips for screening, evaluating and rehabilitating persons with dementia and ARHL
  • Describe the role of audiologists in management of persons with senile dementia

Enhancing Communication with a Person with Dementia

Amy Torres, presenter, CHC Conference, 2017Presenter: Amy Torres, Director of Training, CaringKind See financial/nonfinancial disclosures

This presentation will explore common changes in the communication needs of a person with dementia as the disease progresses.

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe changes throughout early, middle and late stage
  • Identify factors in verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Explain the use of validation vs. reality orientation

Putting into Practice Audiologist as Gatekeeper

Lafargue comments on JAMA hearing aid viewPresenter:  Ellen Lafargue, Au.D., Co-Director, Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology and Communication Centers, CHC See financial/nonfinancial disclosures

Audiologists who believe in a holistic approach to health care (and hearing health care) have a unique opportunity to address memory and cognitive issues with individuals and family members who may or may not be aware of these issues.  People who come to the audiologist’s office to discuss hearing loss are likely not aware of the connection between hearing loss and ADRD and can provide a tremendous service to their clients by addressing more than simply their audiological needs.  The success of the aural rehabilitation (whether that is hearing aid uptake, use of assistive listening devices, or enrollment in speech reading or auditory training programs) will very much be affected by the presence of ADRD and the ADRD will be affected by the presence of untreated hearing loss.  Simple tools will be discussed such as memory questionnaires that can afford the audiologist an “opening” to have a conversation about this sometimes difficult-to-broach topic.

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain how to make dementia part of the counseling conversation
  • Locate resources to refer clients who are exhibiting symptoms of ADRD.
  • Describe apps, PSAPs and hearing aids that can address age-related hearing loss

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Title: Hearing Loss, Dementia and Healthy Aging: Audiologist as Gatekeeper?
Date:  May 11, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Conference agenda:

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast and Registration

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.   Greetings from Senior Leadership of CaringKind, The Heart
of Alzheimer’s Caregiving (CaringKind)  and Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC)

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Presenter: Dr. Josh Chodosh, M.D., M.S.H.S., F.A.C.P.,  Michael L. Freedman Professor of Geriatric Research in Medicine, Director, Freedman Research Program on Aging and Cognition, Professor of Medicine and Population Health, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Pallative Car, NYU School of Medicine

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Caring for a Family Member with Dementia and Overview of Resources
Presenter: Anne Foerg, LMSW,  Director of Social Work, CaringKind

11:15 – 1130 a.m.   Break

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Cognitive Screening in Individuals with Sensory Loss: Challenges and Opportunities
Presenter: Kathy Pichora-Fuller, Ph.D. Department of Psychology, University of Toronto in Mississauga

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch/Networking

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.    Multi-Morbidities and Rehabilitation Considerations
Presenter: Barbara Weinstein, Ph.D. , Professor & Founding
Executive Director of the Doctor of Audiology Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

2:15 – 3:00  p.m.  Enhancing Communication with a Person with Dementia
Presenter: Amy Torres, Director of Training, CaringKind

3:00 – 3:15  p.m.  Break

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.    Putting into Practice Audiologist as Gatekeeper
Presenter:  Ellen Lafargue, Au.D.,  Co-Director, Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology and Communication Centers , CHC

4:00 – 5:15 p.m.    Wrap Up & Reception

Location:
CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
360 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY  10017
646-744-2900

Timing:
8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Cost:
$75–Professional, $25–Students (incl. light breakfast/lunch/reception)

CEUs:
This program is offered for .7 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional level).

 

 

 

 

 

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Online registration for the conference is now open. Please use the link below to register or call us at 917-305-7702 if you have any questions regarding the registration process.

Register for the conference »

View speaker bios »