CDE: [Center for Persons with Disabilities Presentation Series] ft. Janet A. Yellowitz, DMD, MPH, FASGD, DABSCD

May, 2021
05:30 PM-07:00 PM

Presented virtually via Zoom Webinar

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm EST; This virtual lecture will begin promptly at 5:30 pm via Zoom Webinar.
Registration: FREE; Registration is still required.
CE Credits: 1.5 lecture credits
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Caring for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairments – Making it work!

Course Description

Providing oral health care to older adults with cognitive impairment is often challenging to the dental team. These challenges primarily involve patient management impacting the delivery of services. Being aware of management strategies to address signs of cognitive impairment reduce stress on the patient, provider and caregiver.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the most common types of cognitive impairment in older adults.
  • Describe the most common characteristics of dementia and their impact on oral health.
  • Identify the reversible causes of confusion frequently seen in older adults
  • Discuss strategies to improve communication with cognitively impaired older adults

Dr. Janet A. Yellowitz is the Director of Special Care and Geriatric Dental Programs at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, where she directs the Special Care and Geriatric Clinic and provides didactic and clinical training to dental and dental hygiene students in the care of medically complex and cognitively impaired, patients with special health care needs and frail older adults.

She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, completed a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Minnesota, and a Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship at the Denver VA/University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Geriatric Dentistry, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry.

Dr. Yellowitz is a member of the National Elder Care Advisory Committee, Council on Dental Practice, of the American Dental Association, the only elder-related committee in the ADA.

For 15 years, Dr. Yellowitz directed an Interprofessional Fellowship in the Care of Older Adults. She has provided care to frail elders and residents of long term care facilities and has lectured nationally and internationally on the oral health care of older adults and those with special needs.

Disclosure: Dr. Yellowitz’s lecture will discuss Silver diamine fluoride for off label use is for caries arrest.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.