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Symposia

HENDERSON STATE-OF-THE-ART LECTURE: LEVERAGING THE POTENTIAL OF INTERPROFESSIONAL TEAMS IN PRIMARY CARE PRACTICE

  • Date:
  • Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Track: Clinical Practice
  • CME/CE: 1.0 - AMA Credits, AAFP Prescribed Credits, CMD Management Credits, Nursing Credits, Pharmacy Credits

Speaker: Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF

Learning Objectives: (1) identify the key components to successful implementation in primary care; and (2) describe a successful approach to achieve leadership buy-in.

Symposia

AUGMENTATION THERAPIES FOR DEPRESSION IN OLDER PEOPLE: SCIENCE AND PRACTICE

  • Date:
  • Time: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • Track: Clinical Practice
  • CME/CE: 1.0 - AMA Credits, AAFP Prescribed Credits, CMD Clinical Credits, Nursing Credits, Pharmacy Credits

Moderator: Soo Borson, MD
This session will review the rationale for replacing or augmenting antidepressant pharmacotherapy with non-pharmacological approaches as well as supplemental or alternative medications.  We summarize the evidence supporting existing options, suggest how they can be used in clinical practice, and describe health system design elements that foster comprehensive depression care for older people.  Learning Objectives: (1) name at least 2 types of evidence-based pharmacological interventions to augment antidepressant medication; (2) describe at least 2 types of evidence-based non-pharmacological interventions to augment or replace antidepressant medication; and (3) identify 2 health system design elements that support comprehensive depression care for older adults.

Why We Need Augmentation Strategies in Late-Life Depression Care
Soo Borson, MD
Boosting Resilience to Prevent Depression
Helen Lavretsky, MD

Symposia

DO MORE, DO NOTHING, OR DO LESS: DECISION-MAKING ABOUT BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL IN OLDER PATIENTS

  • Date:
  • Time: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • Track: Clinical Practice
  • CME/CE: 1.0 - AMA Credits, AAFP Prescribed Credits, CMD Clinical Credits, Nursing Credits, Pharmacy Credits

Sponsored by the Research and the Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committees
Moderator: Mark A. Supiano, MD, AGSF
Despite the profound benefits among older participants in from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), and the new recommended treatment threshold of <130 mm Hg, this more intensive treatment target has not been universally accepted. The goal of this symposium is to discuss some of these potential explanations with a particular focus on the question of generalizability of the SPRINT results to the geriatric patient populations that many AGS members care for. Learning Objectives: (1) discuss how the characteristics of SPRINT participants pertain to the population of older adults, and how the cardiovascular and cognitive benefits in SPRINT translate to the population level; (2) define the older adults with hypertension with a “high degree burden of comorbidity and limited life expectancy” for whom “clinical judgment, patient preference, and a team-based approach to assess risk/benefit is reasonable for decisions regarding intensity of BP lowering and choice of antihypertensive drugs” (ACC/AHA 2017 Hypertension Guideline) should be applied; and (3) review how advanced age (> 80 years), gait speed, frailty status, polypharmacy, and the presence of multiple chronic conditions influences SPRINT treatment outcomes.

Generalizability, Population Health Impact, and Cost-Effectiveness of the SPRINT Results to the US Adult Population
Jordana Cohen, MD, MSCE
Challenges in Translating SPRINT Efficacy into Effectiveness
Ronald I. Shorr, MD, MS
Decision-Making About Blood Pressure Control in Older Patients with Mild to Moderate Functional Decline
Nicholas M. Pajewski, PhD

Symposia

GLOBAL DEPRESCRIBING UPDATES: LESSONS LEARNED AND NEEDS FOR THE FUTURE

  • Date:
  • Time: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • Track: Public Policy
  • CME/CE: 1.0 - AMA Credits, AAFP Prescribed Credits, CMD Clinical Credits, Nursing Credits, Pharmacy Credits

Sponsored by the Polypharmacy Special Interest Group
Moderator: Nicole J. Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP, FASCP
This program will provide lessons learned from interprofessional leaders located throughout the world.  Learning Objectives: (1) describe a framework for deprescribing and what stakeholders need to be involved; (2) list at least 3 challenges that were faced in implementing deprescribing; (3) describe at least 3 tactics or tools to sustain deprescribing; and (4) identify at least 3 action items that need to be taken on a national and international basis.

Canadian Deprescribing Network – Policy Steps 2.0
Cheryl A. Sadowski, PharmD, BCGP, FCSHP
Australian Deprescribing Network Implementation - Lessons Learned
Sarah N. Hilmer, BScMed(Hons), MBBS(Hons,) FRACP, PhD
US Deprescribing Initiatives - Looking Ahead
Cynthia M. Boyd, MD, MPH; Michael A. Steinman, MD

Other Session

LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM: UPWARD OR ONWARD: BUILDING A HIGH-PERFORMING TEAM ON TOP OF A SOLID CULTURE FOUNDATION

  • Date:
  • Time: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • Track: Professional Development
  • CME/CE: 1.0 - AMA Credits, AAFP Prescribed Credits, CMD Management Credits, Nursing Credits, Pharmacy Credits

Presenters: Sally L. Brooks, MD, CMO & Curtis M. Davies 

Learning Objectives: (1) explain the importance of laying a foundation of success by evaluating and building your team;(2) establish a culture that drives performance;(3) demonstrate an understanding of learning agility and identify learning agile behaviors; (4) differentiate between "performance" and "potential"; and (5) identify appropriate development activities for your team members (e.g., feedback, coaching, and performance improvement) based on assessment results.

Symposia

NIA SYMPOSIUM FOR RESEARCHERS AT MID-CAREER AND BEYOND – OPPORTUNITIES FOR ESTABLISHED RESEARCHERS

  • Date:
  • Time: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • Track: Research
  • CME/CE: 1.0 - AMA Credits, AAFP Prescribed Credits, CMD Management Credits, Nursing Credits, Pharmacy Credits

Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging in cooperation with the AGS Research Committee 
This symposium is intended for independently funded researchers at a mid- to senior career level. It targets the needs of research leaders and established investigators by providing an update from NIA staff on research programs and initiatives.   Following brief introductory remarks on current funding, new opportunities including those related to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, and future priorities and research directions of NIA will be discussed.  Learning Objectives: (1) describe the current and future research foci of the NIA extramural divisions; and (2) discuss the current funding environment.

Overview of NIA Budget, and Priority Areas
Marie A. Bernard, MD, Deputy Director, NIA; Evan C. Hadley, MD; Kenneth E. Santora, PhD; Lisbeth Nielsen, PhD; Eliezer Masliah, MD; Dana Plude, PhD

Other Session

OPTIMIZING GERIATRIC CARE IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT PAPER SESSION

  • Date:
  • Time: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • Track: Research
  • CME/CE: 1.0 - AMA Credits, AAFP Prescribed Credits, CMD Clinical Credits, Nursing Credits, Pharmacy Credits

Developed by the Research Committee
Moderator:  Heidi D. Klepin, MD, MS
This session will present the latest peer-reviewed geriatrics research with questions and answers to follow.  Learning Objectives: (1) discuss new and original research in geriatrics; (2) describe an emerging concept or new scientific focus in aging research; and (3) summarize the key findings of projects with relevance to care of older adults.

P12-The HEAR-VA Pilot Study: Hearing Assistance Provided to Older Adults in the Emergency Department
Joshua Chodosh, MD, MSHS
P13-ED-to-Home Care Transitions for Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial
Gwen Costa Jacobsohn, PhD
P14-Right Care, Right Place, Right Time, Right Team – Embedding Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in the Emergency Department
Evelyn Hannon, MB BCh BAO
P15-Emergency Department Visits among Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Snigdha Jain, MD

Poster Session

PRESIDENTIAL POSTER SESSION B

  • Date:
  • Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Track: Research
  • CME/CE: TBD

The Presidential Poster Session features posters that received the highest rankings from abstract reviewers. Posters will be judged and one poster in each category will be chosen to receive a “Best Poster” award.  

Special Interest Group

ACHIEVING HEALTH EQUITY AMONG DIVERSE OLDER ADULTS (AHEAD)

  • Date:
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Track: Networking

Co-Chairs:  Jane Jih, MD, MPH, MAS & Benjamin Han, MD, MPH 
The Achieving Health Equity Among Diverse Older Adults (AHEAD) Special Interest Group which will meet for the first time at the 2021 Virtual AGS Annual Meeting. The mission of this new SIG is to bring together AGS members with an interest in promoting health equity and reducing health and healthcare disparities among diverse older adults in order to 1) promote health equity initiatives at AGS; 2) develop programming and educational materials for AGS members; 3) create interdisciplinary relationships and mentorship with colleagues with an interest in health equity initiatives; and 4) cultivate collaborations in health equity-focused research and quality improvement initiatives among older adults.

Special Interest Group

GEROSCIENCE

  • Date:
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Track: Networking

Chair: George A. Kuchel, MD
The Geroscience SIG brings together AGS members from varied backgrounds who all share a common interest in efforts to leverage our understanding of basic aging processes towards the discovery, validation and implementation of intervention strategies designed to promote health, function and independence in late life.  

Special Interest Group

HEALTHCARE FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS

  • Date:
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Track: Networking

Chair: Steven R. Counsell, MD, AGSF
The mission of the Health Care for Low-Income Seniors AGS Special Interest Group is to improve the quality and outcomes of health care and maximize independence among low-income seniors by bringing together geriatrics professionals dedicated to the care of the poor, disseminating practical solutions and innovative geriatrics team care models, and advocating for public policy change to better address the needs of this population.  The Healthcare for Low-Income Seniors SIG is open to all AGS meeting participants.

Special Interest Group

INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICE IN GERIATRICS

  • Date:
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Track: Networking

Co-Chairs: Josette A. Rivera, MD & Todd C. James, MD
The Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPE/P) Special Interest Group welcomes all AGS members to explore how broad health professional interest in collaboration is changing health education and practice. Interprofessional education refers to when “two or more professionals learn about, from and with each other to enable effective  collaboration and improve health outcomes” (WHO, 2010). Please join us to explore opportunities to advance geriatric care and collaborative practice with new educational initiatives, curricula, and models of care. 
 

Section

JUNIOR FACULTY RESEARCH CAREER DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP BUSINESS MEETING

  • Date:
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Track: Networking

Chair: Brienne Miner, MD, MHS
The Junior Faculty Research Career Development Special Interest Group is for junior faculty members and research fellows pursuing a career in aging-related research. At this meeting, we will elect our leadership for the coming year and discuss ideas for a symposium submission. This SIG is a great way to network with other early career researchers and become involved with AGS. 

Special Interest Group

THE HOSPITAL ELDER LIFE PROGRAM (HELP) / DELIRIUM PREVENTION

  • Date:
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Track: Networking

Co-Chairs: Stephanie Baker, MHA, CPHQ & Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH
The mission of our Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) / Delirium Prevention is to allow all current and potentially interested HELP sites to come together to hear the latest updates about HELP and delirium prevention, as well as network and discuss successes and challenges anywhere in the planning or implementation process. The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) is an innovative model of hospital care designed to prevent delirium and functional decline and to improve overall quality of hospital care for older persons. The program has been demonstrated to be both effective and cost-effective, with the potential for large cost savings.

Special Interest Group

VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

  • Date:
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Track: Networking

Chair:  Marianne Shaughnessy, PhD, CRNP  
This session is intended for employees of the US Department of Veterans Affairs who are attending the conference. Representatives from the VA Offices of Geriatrics and Extended Care Policy and Services will be present to provide updates on VA activities and plans; and to engage in discussion with VA staff present regarding matters of shared concern. Interested non-VA persons are welcome to attend but are asked to refrain from participating in open discussion.