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HECAOD podcasts feature voices from the field including prevention and recovery professionals, students, researchers, policy makers and parents. Our goal is to provide lively discussions on current topics that motivate innovation, inspire action and advance the field of AOD misuse prevention and collegiate recovery.
 
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Dr. Schleich will discuss: the background and prevalence of dementia in the United States; the importance of a thorough medication review, and appropriate steps involved when conducting a medication review; methods to help patients with dementia improve medication adherence; and goals of therapy for chronic disease states as they relate to patients…
 
Dr. Reist will discuss: potentially inappropriate medications in an older adult's medication regimen; common adverse events resulting from the use of potentially inappropriate medications; potentially dangerous drug interactions in an older adult’s medication regimen; and medications which should have dosages reduced or avoided in older adults with…
 
Dr. Marchini will discuss: how cognitive impairment negatively affects oral health; adverse effects of inadequate oral health for cognitively impaired patients; how to improve oral health of cognitively impaired patients; and current theories on how inappropriate oral health may worsen cognitive impairment.…
 
Dr. Schultz will discuss: the purpose of identifying mild cognitive changes to detect early dementia; the early cognitive changes that may be seen in Alzheimer's and vascular-related dementia; the Hachinski Scale; and the early clinical features that are characteristic of frontotemporal and Lewy body dementia.…
 
Dr. Smith will discuss: the landscape of factors that contribute to care transitions; common challenges related to transitions between care settings; online resources designed to promote quality transitions; and "simple" solutions that promote quality.Marianne Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN
 
Dr. Narayanan will discuss: non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease; what brain systems are involved in Parkinson's disease; what treatments are available for non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease; and future directions in Parkinson's disease research.Kumar Narayanan, MD, PhD
 
Dr. Hoth will discuss: the importance of taking the time to better understand psychosocial concerns in patients with chronic lung disease; barriers to the recognition of psychosocial issues in older adults with chronic lung disease; common psychological concerns among older adults presenting with chronic lung disease, including depression, anxiety,…
 
Dr. Butler will discuss: diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes; the function of insulin and the role it plays in the body's normal function; screening and testing of diabetes; and how depression, treatment factors, and coping strategies and treatments and treatment goals for type 2 diabetes and evidence to support treatment goals.…
 
Dr. Clark will discuss: the technical aspects of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement; current recommendations for tube nutrition in advanced dementia; meaningful informed consent provided to surrogate decision-makers considering PEG placement in demented patients; and the role of advanced care planning in facilitating decisions…
 
Dr. Voss will discuss: the effects of aging on brain structure and function; the difference between physical activity and fitness; the effects of physical activity and fitness on brain structure and function in healthy older adults; and the effects of physical activity and fitness on risk for dementia.…
 
Dr. Ashida will discuss: the importance of social environment on health and well-being; basic social network concepts that can be used to assess social environment; the characteristics of social relationships within families providing care to individuals affected by dementia; and potential strategies to enhance social relationships older adults hav…
 
Dr. Schultz will discuss: the many factors that may contribute to the outcome of interventions for behaviors in dementia; some of the medication choices for behavioral problems in dementia; the idea that some medications may be better for certain target symptoms in dementia; and the role of patient and family engagement in decision-making in dement…
 
Dr. Bossen will discuss: evidence about nature's impact on human beings, including quality of life and attention capacity; the empirical evidence to support the use of the naturally restorative environment (NRE); different uses of nature-based interventions in different settings; and how to attain quality of life considering limitations secondary t…
 
Dr. Peterson and Dr. Reist will discuss: appropriate assessment of pain in a patient with dementia; non-pharmacological options for treatment of pain in a patient with dementia; appropriate pharmacotherapy for the treatment of pain in a patient with dementia; and the association of pain with behavioral disruptions in a patient with dementia.…
 
Dr. Kauer will discuss: the management of Parkinsonian symptoms in dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease with dementia; the management of cognitive impairment in dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease with dementia; the management of psychosis in dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease with dementia; and the managem…
 
Dr. Shim will discuss: visuospatial processing; causes of visuospatial dysfunction; specific clinical manifestations of visuospatial dysfunction; and how depression, treatment factors, and coping strategies and treatments for patients with visuospatial dysfunction.HyungSub Shim, MD
 
Dr. Mulhausen will discuss: the changes in sexual behavior experienced by people with dementia and contrast them with those experienced in normal aging; appropriate clinical assessment and support to offer when patients with dementia or their partners present with concerns about sexual behavior change; challenges encountered in the support of intim…
 
Dr. Williams will discuss: common communication barriers for older adults; the importance of communication for older adults and persons with dementia (PWD); elderspeak and its negative messages; and recent research findings regarding elderspeak.Kristine Williams, RN, PhD, FGSA, FAAN
 
Dr. Weckmann will discuss: the clinical course of advanced dementia; common symptoms at the end of life and how to treat them; ineffective end-of-life interventions; and how palliative care can improve outcomes in advanced dementia.Michelle Weckmann, MD
 
Dr. Schultz will discuss: the first clinical symptoms of frontotemporal dementia; how frontotemporal dementia differs from other dementias such as Alzheimer's disease; the clinical features of Lewy Body Dementia and how they affect treatment choices; and how Lewy Body Dementia has similarities and differences from dementia due to Parkinson's diseas…
 
Dr. Schultz will discuss: the definition of "mild cognitive impairment"; the different types of brain changes that can lead to mild cognitive impairment; the types of brain imaging tools that can be used to map the brain changes that occur with memory decline; and how the brain imaging tools can track the sequence of events that reflect progression…
 
Dr. Smith will discuss: the process of neuropsychological evaluation; how to identify which patients might benefit from neuropsychological evaluation; how neuropsychological evaluations can help patients, caregivers, and care providers; and neuropsychological presentations of different causes of dementia.…
 
Dr. Schultz will discuss: the general criteria for Mild Cognitive Impairment; the frequency of Mild Cognitive Impairment in clinic and community samples and the rate of progression to dementia; some of the new diagnostic features of the Mild Neurocognitive Disorders presented in DSM-5; and how depression, treatment factors, and lifestyle factors ma…
 
Dr. Bursch will discuss: characteristics of the current care environment for persons with end-stage dementia; transitions in dementia; the caregiving trajectory of dementia; and recommendations to manage transitions for persons with end-stage dementia (ADRD).Heide Bursch, PhD, RN
 
Ms. Dohrmann and Dr. Bern-Klug will discuss: advance care planning and advance directives; the POLST paradigm; a comparison of advance care planning, advance directives, and POLST for families of persons with dementia; and advance care planning-related tools that providers can use with individuals and families affected by dementia.…
 
Dr. Carnahan will discuss: medications that may help in the management of or otherwise influence neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia; how to determine whether an antipsychotic is appropriate for a person with dementia; how to select an antipsychotic for a person with dementia based on efficacy, side effects, and the person's comorbidities; and ho…
 
Dr. Smith will discuss: four main groups of unmet needs that cause/contribute to behavior problems; how to apply the Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence (ABC) approach to behaviors; evidence-based Simple Pleasures interventions that target dementia care; and the impact of an organization's culture on dementia care practices and outcomes.…
 
Ms. Schmuch will discuss: safety and quality of life concerns for persons with dementing illnesses; the role and perspectives of family/caregivers and clinicians as they confront safety and quality of life concerns; how clinicians can assist patients and caregivers with the challenging decisions they face; and community resources to assist in carin…
 
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