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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Caregiving, Elder Abuse, Long-term Care, Senior Health | 0 comments

Symposium to Improve Dementia Care Culture in San Diego

Caretakers of those with dementia understand the difficulties involved in managing challenging behaviors.  Most often, harmful chemical-restraints are the first line of treatment in nursing homes and hospitals.  Advocates are working to reduce the use of these anti-psychotic drugs, which may nearly double the risk of death for individuals with dementia.  On June 4th, you are invited to learn from these advocates.  Tickets are still available for Dementia Care without Drugs, a symposium which will bring nationally recognized experts in non-pharmacological care to San Diego to highlight and address this issue.  Register here to learn about the latest breakthroughs in quality of care for patients suffering from dementia.

Join Us:

Dementia Care Without Drugs:
A Better Approach to Long-term Quality of Care
Monday, June 4, 2012, 9 am to 4 pm
Vi and Joe Jacobs Center, Market Creek – Celebration Hall,
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

Registration:  $30 (includes lunch and CEUs) – Purchase Tickets Here

ELA has partnered with San Diego County’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform to bring this educational program to San Diego.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experts in the field of dementia care, to meet other caregivers and providers like you, and to be inspired to improve the quality of life for aging individuals and their families.

Speakers will include these nationally recognized patient advocates: 

Dr. Jonathan Evans, MD, MPH, FACP, CMD a board certified physician specializing in geriatrics, hospice and palliative medicine for over 25 years.  He is the Vice-President of the American Medical Directors’ Assoc., the Assoc. Professor and Head of the Section of Geriatrics at the Univ. of Virginia School of Medicine.  He recently testified before the U.S. Senate Special Comm. on Aging regarding the human and taxpayers’ costs of antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes.

Tena Alonzo, M.A. is the Director of Research and Dementia Programs at the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, AZ, serves as Co-Director of Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia, and is a member of the Technical Expert Panel for the National Initiative of the Centers For Medicaid and Medicare Services.  She is widely published on this subject and has been a driving force in the development of Vermilion Cliffs, a nationally recognized skilled nursing neighborhood.  

Christopher Cherney, M.A. has been a California licensed nursing home administrator since 1997, as well as a long-term care ombudsman, home health aide and certified nursing assistant.  He has consulted for Service Employees Intl. Union in Calif., and Wash, DC, regarding nursing home staffing, and served numerous times as an expert witness in elder abuse litigation, contributing all of his fees to non-profit organizations. 

Tony Chicotel, Esq., MPP is a staff attorney for the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform in San Francisco and the former lead attorney for Elder Law & Advocacy’s Nursing Home Rights Enforcement Project with years of experience serving low-income older nursing home residents. He received the California Lawyer Magazine’s Award “Attorney of the Year 2006” for his work in elder and nursing home law. 

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