Durham Tech hosts Duke roundtable discussion

Dr. Mitchell Heflin speaks with two students during the Duke Geriatric Education Center Dementia Roundtable on Wednesday.

Dr. Mitchell Heflin speaks with two students during the Duke Geriatric Education Center Dementia Roundtable on Wednesday.

Durham Tech hosted the Duke Geriatric Education Center (GEC) Dementia Roundtable on Wednesday. The topic, “Introduction to Dementia,” was led by the Duke Team and moderated by Dr. Mitchell T. “Mitch” Heflin (pictured above). The event was an innovative, community-based inter-professional education program for health professionals and students caring for people with dementia and their families in the community.

The Duke Team includes faculty from social work, medicine, physician assistants, education, and nursing, who have developed a series of nine sessions on a range of topics, including Dementia diagnosis and recognition, Management of Challenging Behaviors, and Advanced Dementia Care, among others. Each session is 60 to 90 minutes long and offers anchored instruction using videos, case studies, and small group discussion with brief didactics at the end offering key learning points and resources for care.

Duke partners with other organizations in the community including Durham Tech, the Durham Council for Senior Citizens, the Durham Center for Senior Life, PACE (Senior CommUnity Care of North Carolina), and the Triangle J Area Agency on Aging.

For more information, contact Melissa Ockert at Durham Tech (ockertm@durhamtech.edu) or visit http://geriatriceducation.duke.edu.