Register Now for the 2017 Geriatric Symposium

Aug. 7-8, 2017
Crowne Plaza Austin

If you are a health care professional, family member or private caregiver who cares for an older person, make plans to attend the 2017 Geriatric Symposium: Texas Taking the Next Step. The event is free and continuing education hours will be available for nurses and other professionals (see the information below).

The 2-day event will focus on dementia in long-term and community settings.

Conference Highlights

  • Advancing Nursing in Long-Term Care
    J. Taylor Harden, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Director, National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
  • The Power of One: Nurses Making a Difference in Long-Term Care and Engaging Communities around Vibrant, Purposeful Aging
    Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Secretary of Elder Affairs, Massachusetts
  • The Power of Personal Engagement
    Clint Swindall, CSP, President and Chief Executive Officer, Verbalocity
  • Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being
    Allen Power, MD, FACP
  • Robotic Animals for People with Alzheimer's and Dementia
    Takanori Shibata, PhD, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
  • PARO® Robotic Pet demo
  • Aging Well: Oral needs and aging and trauma in the aging population
  • Aging in Place: Aging with disabilities, providing palliative care in the community
  • Shifting Gears and Changing Lanes in Response to a New Paradigm of Aging
    Ben Dickerson, PhD, LPCS
  • It's Never 2 Late® to use a computer demo
  • Boxing for Parkinson's
    Kristy Richards, BS, CPT, Austin Rock Steady Boxing
  • Infection Control
    Carla Smith, CDP, IP-BC, RN,TMF Quality Innovation Network, and
    Theresa Jaso, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), Seton Healthcare Family, Ascension, Texas

Our Partners

This event was developed by Texas Health and Human Services in collaboration with:

  • The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
  • Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice
  • Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas Health Care Association
  • Texas Nursing Association
  • TMF Quality Innovation Network — Quality Improvement Organization
  • Second Wind Dreams – Virtual Dementia Tour
  • Assisting Hands Home Care

Visit Our Exhibitors

Visit the Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization website.Visit the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services website.Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.Visit the Texas Health Care Association website.Visit the Virtual Dementia website.Visit the TMF Quality Innovation Network website.Visit the Texas Board of Nursing website.Visit the UT School of Nursing website.Visit the Assisting Hands website.

Continuing Education

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission Medicaid and CHIP Services plans to offer continuing education credit as follows:

  • 9 hours to guardianship and HCSSA administrators.
  • 12 hours to social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed nursing facility administrators, ombudsmen, certified nurse aides, qualified intellectual/developmental disability professionals, nursing facility activity directors, licensed psychology professionals, assisted living facility managers, physical therapists, and registered dietitians.

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services - Regulatory Services Division is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Day 1 earn up to 6.00 contact hours upon the successful completion of this activity.

Day 2 earn up to 5.25 contact hours upon the successful completion of this activity.

Note: The checklist form that an attendee will receive each morning will provide the selection of CE offerings for that day. The attendee should visit the Continuing Education table to pick up this form. At the end of the day, the attendee returns to the CE table and turns in the completed form to be initialed by the CE approver. The top sheet of the form becomes the certificate for CEs earned on that day. Most breakout sessions offer 1.5 CEs. The checklist form includes how many CEs each session offers. Attendees are not required to attend both days to get CEs. However, if the attendee wants the maximum CEs for the day, then the attendee must attend a breakout session for each time slot. If the attendee does not want to attend all breakouts sessions, then he/she will earn fewer CEs.

Presentation Flash Drives

Each day, participants will receive a bag containing giveaways, including a flash drive containing some speaker presentations, videos and handouts.

Make Changes to or Cancel Your Registration

If you need to cancel your registration, you can do so any time before the conference begins. Please click here to cancel your registration or follow the link in the email we sent you.

If you want to make changes to the sessions you registered for, you may do so as long as the session you want to change to is still available. Click here to make changes to the sessions for which you registered.

About the Crowne Plaza Austin

The hotel is located at 6121 North IH35 in Austin.

Room reservations can be made online or by calling 877-2CROWNE; request the Geriatric Symposium Attendee Block.

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