Pre-conference Session

  • Date:
  • Time: 7:00am - 5:30pm
  • Track: Clinical Practice
  • CME/CE: 7.75

Additional fee session
HELP has been working to make health systems safer and health care more effective for over two decades, preventing delirium, functional decline, falls, and other adverse outcomes among hospitalized older adults. The AGS CoCare®: HELP program ultimately promotes a growing trend toward “age-friendly health systems,” so named because they promote unique expertise on geriatrics focal points: Care for the mind, medications, mobility, and what “matters most” to patients.  Join us at the AGS CoCare®: HELP Preconference and learn how to implement strategies for sustainability & longevity to ensure success of HELP in the hospital. Learning Objectives: (1) describe the importance of delirium screening and recognition; (2) assess the feasibility of the UB-CAM tool for delirium screening; (3) outline strategies for success in starting and/or sustaining an AGS CoCare®: HELP program; (4) review de-prescribing approaches for delirium prevention in hospital and long-term care settings; and (5) describe the Inter-relationship of Delirium and Dementia and the importance of delirium prevention.

7:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:00 AM Welcome    
Eva Schmitt, PhD
  8:30 AM AGS CoCare®: HELP Overview  and Future Directions  
Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH
9:30 AM Keynote Address - Importance of Delirium Screening and Recognition: UB-CAM    
Donna M Fick, RN, PhD, FAAN
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM

The Importance of Volunteers – How to Find Them & How to Keep Them     
Chesley Ferris, MPH 
Following the presentation, each table will participate in an open discussion. Each table will be asked to report-out on their discussion

12:00 PM Networking Lunch  
12:30 PM AGS CoCare®: HELP Photo
12:45 PM

Theme-Based Breakout Tables
Participants will have the opportunity to visit two breakout tables

  • Setting Up Your HELP Program  -  Lyn Weinberg, MD
  • Implementation & Sustainability Challenges  -  Wendy Zachary, MD
  • Ongoing Data Collection & Annual Reporting  -  Rick Dahl 
  • Nursing & the HELP Program  -  Wendy Mohlman, MS-GERON, RN, CNEn,
  • Business Planning  -  Amanda Schoettinger, LMSW, CDEM, CTRP-E
  • Involvement of Families & Caregivers in HELP  -  Autumn Moss-Corcoran, MA
2:00 PM De-Prescribing for Delirium Prevention in Hospital and Long-Term Care Settings    
Kenneth Boockvar, MD, MS
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Mobility Demonstration: Walking Patients in the Hospital Setting    
Michael Friedman, PT, MBA
4:00 PM Inter-Relationship of Delirium and Dementia    
Esther S. Oh, MD, PhD
5:00 PM Closing Remarks and Adjournment    
Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH