Geriatrics-Competent Care Webinar Series

You are invited to a two-part webinar series on Geriatrics-Competent Care, designed to help health professionals in all care settings and disciplines expand their knowledge and skills in the unique aspects of geriatrics care.  The first webinar, an Introduction to Geriatrics-Competent Care, will be on August 20 from 12:00 to 1:15pm ET.  The second webinar on Geriatric Assessment will be on August 28 from 12:00 to 1:15pm ET.  Registration for the individual webinars is available.  Descriptions of the two initial webinars are imbedded in this announcement.

This series is hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in collaboration with The Lewin Group, Community Catalyst, and the American Geriatrics Society.

Geriatrics experts will discuss the specific topics described below, supported by illustrative case studies. Webinars will include time for Q&A, practical discussion, and dialogue between participants and experts. The webinar presentations and post-recordings will be available at

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This webinar will present some universal competencies that are fundamental to quality geriatrics care, across disciplines and care settings. These include: understanding what is unique about the health and care of older adults; prevention, diagnosis, and management of geriatric syndromes (e.g., incontinence, falls, gait and balance disorders, dementia); care transitions; medication management; maintaining older adults’ function and well-being; working with older adults and families to set care goals; coordinating care with an interdisciplinary team; and providing social services and supports.

An interdisciplinary geriatric assessment can promote older adults’ wellness and independence and maintain or improve their functional status and quality of life by considering physical, cognitive, psychological, and social domains. This webinar will focus on a rapid geriatrics screen that can be accomplished in a busy clinical setting, to identify target areas where a more in-depth assessment is needed to develop a comprehensive, coordinated care plan. How to communicate effectively with older adults and their families will be addressed, as will home assessment and identifying community services available to help meet assessed needs. Case studies will demonstrate the use of various assessment tools and the key follow-up steps needed for quality care management.

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