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ITGI Program Overview

Overall Program Goal

This Training Institute is designed to present topics in geriatrics and elder care important in long-term or community settings, with a special focus on interprofessional practice. It reinforces working amongst other professions and strategizing ways to improve and coordinate care. Elders present multi-professional challenges to the health care system; they can have a spectrum of medical, functional and psychosocial conditions that involve complex medical and community care. Addressing the whole patient demands a need for many disciplines. One of the challenges is better coordinating care between the professionals. We believe that better coordinated care will further lead to decreased hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations as well as maintenance of functioning elders in the community.

Training Institute Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to discuss health promotion, disease prevention and recognition, and enhanced quality of life for older adults.
  2. Participants will be able to recognize the scope of work of other disciplines and their roles in the care of older adults.
  3. Health care providers will be able to describe how to develop interactive health care teams, and develop recommendations to promote holistic patient-centered care.
  4. Participants will be able to converge recommendations and coordinate care of the various health care fields and implement those recommendations for patient-centered care.
  5. Participants will be able to identify current issues related to ongoing changes in the U.S. health care system, minimize polypharmacy, promote the importance of oral health, vision and foot care, health maintenance, choosing to implement or withhold treatment in advanced dementia, and encourage a healthy brain in the later years of life.

Target Audience

The program is targeted for physicians of all disciplines, dentists, optometrists, audiologists, speech therapists, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, health care administrators, educators, social workers, mental health practitioners, public health specialists, health professional students and community members interested in the field of geriatrics and aging.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Please call if ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accommodations are needed. For more information, call (954) 262-1639 or email

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