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
4. Encourage students and residents to pursue a career in geriatrics.Our Leadership
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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.
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 started initial planning. The team is committed to 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.
Conference credits include AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM, AAFP, Nursing, Risk and ACPE credits. Members of the PAGS-WD receive a discount when registering.
Visit https://dom.pitt.edu/ugm/ periodically for details on the course.
Fall Program Recap
This year's Fall Program was held virtually on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Thank you to Presbyterian SeniorCare Network who provided support of the program and to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation for providing technical support.
In conjunction with the program, the annual Fall Business Meeting was held and conducted by Judith Black, MD, MHA, Secretary/Treasurer. Prior to the program, Amy Kowsinky with Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, presented Dimension 360 to attendees.
Over 65 internists, family practitioners, geriatricians, pharmacists, nurses, nursing home administrators and social workers attended this popular event to welcome distinguished guest faculty and author Jason Karlawish, MD present ,The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How it became a crisis & what we need to do about it.
During his presentation, Dr. Karlawish reviewed the history of Alzheimer’s by starting with the start of the Alzheimer’s Association in 1980 then proceeded to present day medical news. He emphasized the crisis based on the numbers- 6 million Americans are directly affected by the disease plus the number of caregivers and family members. He also reviewed the healthcare systems’ failures and potential solutions in helping provide a better quality of life for all Alzheimer’s patients & caregivers. Questions were taken from the internet audience monitored by Dr. Neil Resnick and Dr. Judith Black.
Congratulations to the (5) book winners: Todd Goldberg, Elizabeth Mohan, Linda Roberts, Richard Hoffmaster and Sharon Zhu.
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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.
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 email@example.com if you have a resource that we can add to the list.
ADDITIONAL LINKS AND RESOURCES
Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)
Senior's Guide to Exercise and Fitness
United Way's PA 2-1-1 Southwest has established a formal arrangement to assist the Allegheny County Health Department. 2-1-1 resource navigators can provide general information about health questions related to the virus, referring those who need further evaluation to the Health Department; connect individuals and families with services to meet emergency basic needs, like food, rent and utility payments; and provide the latest CDC guidelines and recommendations from local authorities. Those seeking help should dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898-211, or visit PA211.org
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GoodRX Iis offering Coronavirus (COVID-19) Screening and Triage at no charge.
Allegheny County Medical Society
CDC - THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS
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.
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.