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Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society

Western Division

Over 380 healthcare professionals gathered virtually to attend the 30th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine held March 31 through April 1, 2022.

This stellar two-day educational event attracted attendees from 25 states, including California, North Carolina, New York, Texas, and Washington and representation from two countries: Canada and Puerto Rico.

Attendees recognized and appreciated the convenience of attending the conference from their home or office, while participating in dynamic educational sessions. An added benefit for all registrants:  the ability to view recorded lectures and download the handout materials, up to 30 days after the conference.

With the fastest growing segment of the population comprised of individuals more than 85 years of age, this conference is a premier educational resource for healthcare professionals involved in the direct care of older people. Presented by the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division, UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Aging Institute and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in Health Sciences, the program offered an evidence-based approach to help clinicians take exceptional care of these often-frail individuals.

Highlights of the meeting included Live Q&A Sessions with presenters. By using the chat feature, attendees had the opportunity to engage with speakers in these informative sessions.

Back by popular demand, the Geriatric Cardiology Expert Panel featuring Parag Goyal, MD, MSc, providing an update in heart failure; Deirdre O’Neill, MD addressing considerations and nuances when prescribing anticoagulation in older adults with atrial fibrillation; and Daniel Forman, MD presenting: management of hypertension informed by aggregate risk assessment and shared decision-making.

Immediately following, the cardiology panel participated in a live, rapid-fire Q&A session. Moderated by Shuja Hassan, MD and Course Director, the lively session included a framework for each presenter to comment and host a dialogue with their colleagues on a variety of cardiology questions.

Thank you to our Premier Sponsors: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield - Allegheny Health Network and UPMC Health Plan, and to all the exhibitors who sponsored the program.

The Virtual Exhibit Hall featured 7 exhibitors and offered attendees the opportunity to engage with representatives to learn more about their products and resources.

Congratulations to the winners of the raffle (sponsored by the Society): Michele Govan, Carla Loughner, Lynne Roberts, Antonina Eyster and Peter Moulder. Winners received a $50 Visa Gift Card. 

Who We Are

As a regional affiliate of the American Geriatrics Society, the organization provides leadership for professionals, policy makers and the public in the area served. The organization aids in the efforts of the American Geriatrics Society in developing, implementing and advocating programs in patient care, research, professional education, public policy and public information for the Pennsylvania and region.

The strategic goals of the PAGS-WD are to:

1. Promote geriatric education for all geriatric healthcare professionals.

2. Provide an active forum and opportunity for networking and engagement with other professionals who share an interest in improving care for the older adults

3. Advocate for programs and public policy, which will improve the
health and well being of older adults.

4. Encourage students and residents to pursue a career in geriatrics.

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As a member, you are an integral part of the Society and aid in our efforts and mission: to EDUCATE, COMMUNICATE, and ENGAGE healthcare professionals (representing all disciplines) in the provision of quality healthcare for all older persons.  Strengthen our voice and become a member today.

MARCH 31 to APRIL 1, 2022

The 30th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine Conference, will take place on March 31 through April 1, 2022. After careful consideration by the Course Directors and Board of Directors and reviewing the positive responses from the inaugural virtual conference in April, the decision was made to offer a virtual experience for 2022.  We are excited to build on the success of the last conference by adding enhancements to provide an exceptional experience for attendees.

Course directors Shuja Hassan, MD, Neil Resnick, MD, and Lyn Weinberg, MD, along with the Planning Committee members, have creating a superb program which delivers practical, as well as an evidence-based approach and identify speakers  whose expertise is nationally recognized and their ability to share their knowledge in a practical, succinct, and entertaining way to facilitate its easy incorporation into a practice.

This well-respected, American Geriatrics Society (AGS) award-winning course is jointly provided by the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society - Western Division (PAGS-WD), UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging, and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences.

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2022 Spring Newsletter

In this edition: 

  • The 2022 Virtual Clinical Update
  • A Community Initiative from Dementia Friends
  • Welcome/Congratulations to Geriatric Fellows

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2021 Annual Report 

Please take a moment to review the 2021 Annual Report, which provides an overview of the events and accomplishments of the society. 

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The Society has compiled list or resources which may be helpful for organizations and businesses that serve older adults. Check the site periodically as we will continue to update this list as new information becomes available. Contact Nadine Popovich at if you have a resource that we can add to the list. 


Home Centered Care Institute


OHSU Center for Ethics in Healthcare

What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care Documentary by Jewish Healthcare Foundation 

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Self-care for providers - These apps are providing free subscriptions to providers (headspace requires an individual NPI). The apps focus on mediation, and other relaxation techniques.

Headspace is offering free subscriptions to all US healthcare workers in 2020, given the circumstances. This is a mindfulness meditation app that comes highly recommended, though not usually inexpensive. To redeem a free subscription, one must provide his/her state and NPI, name, and email address.

Ten Percent Happier is another program/app offering free access for health care workers, with a PROMO Code of HEALTHCARE (in ALL CAPS). One needs to download the app onto a mobile device—a desktop computer will not work—and must log into the app using the same method used to redeem access on the website. The company asks that no one create more than one account and cautions that the website has been overwhelmed, thus necessitating multiple attempts to redeem access.

Member Benefits

This is an example of member benefits. Describing advantages for your members can help you to attract new members.

Connection: You are connected to a larger group banded together to produce positive results for geriatric health in our region.

Conferences & Programs: We  provide quality education and networking opportunities for geriatric health professionals, and members can attend at a reduced registration fee.  Check out our events page for more information.

Free Informational Services: The Society keep you  in touch with your peers and current issues through the  web site, newsletter and email updates of emerging issues relevant to geriatric health. 

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About us

The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older persons. It is a non-profit organization of physicians and other health care professionals committed to the provision of quality health care for older persons.

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Pennsylvania Geriatric Society - Western Division
850 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15212

Chapter Administrator: Eileen Taylor |

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