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Geriatric Healthcare Series


Our long running lecture series brings easily accessible geriatrics education focusing on age- and dementia-friendly care to a wide range of primary care providers and health professions trainees across a vast geographic area, most of it rural and medically underserved. Every year, we offer two series:

  • General Geriatrics topics
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) topics

Each series coincides with the University of Washington’s Winter and Spring quarters and consists of 10 lectures delivered virtually each week for 10 weeks. Our speakers are topic experts and well positioned to deliver the most up-to-date, clinically relevant evidence to our participants. Participants can obtain continuing education (CE) credits for both series (1.5 hours per lecture). Participants may attend the live virtual lectures or watch the recording on their own.


Our Reach

Our virtual lectures are delivered to over 1,000 participants mainly within the Northwestern United States.


Our Audience

A wide range of health professionals: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Social Workers, Health Professional Students, Community-based Advocates and Information & Assistance Staff, Home Care Workers or Aids, Human Service Coordinators, Family Caregivers.

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90-minute lectures on primary care focused geriatric healthcare topics. Lectures are about 75 minutes followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

Over 80 lectures are recorded and available online from our current and past series.

Our Partners

Our 2022 Series

Winter 2022:
General Geriatrics

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 Tuesdays 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Pacific
Virtual via Zoom
1.5 Hours Per Lecture
  • Jan 4th – Physical Activity – Kushang Patel, PhD, MPH
  • Jan 11th – Thyroid Disease – Jose Garcia, MD, PhD
  • Jan 18th – Dizziness and Vertigo – Clifford Hume, MD, PhD
  • Jan 25th – Hypertension – Michael Chen, MD, PhD, FACC
  • Feb 1st – Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders – Joseph Merrill, MD, MPH
  • Feb 8th – LGBTQ Health in Aging – Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD
  • Feb 15th – COPD – Laura Feemster, MD, MS
  • Feb 22nd – Hoarding – Leslie Shapiro, MA, LMFT
  • Mar 1st – Sexuality – Ania Rodney, MD
  • Mar 8th – Obesity and Weight Control – Katherine Hoerster, PhD, MPH

Spring 2022:
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

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Tuesdays 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Pacific
Virtual via Zoom
1.5 Hours Per Lecture
  • Mar 29th – Dementia – Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPH, MA
  • Apr 5th – 3Ds: Dementia, Delirium, & Depression – Emily Trittschuh, PhD
  • Apr 12th – Treatment of Behavioral & Psychological Symptoms                   – Piruz Huda, ARNP
  • Apr 19th – Cognitive Concerns in Primary Care Patients – Emily Trittschuh, PhD
  • Apr 26th – End of Life Care: Advance Directives/POLST/MOELI                    – Richard Stuart, PhD
  • May 3rd – Delirium – Thuan Ong, MD, MPH
  • May 10th – The Threatening/Violent AD Patient – Whitney Carlson, MD
  • May 17th – Family Dynamics & Coping with AD – Martha Richards, MSW, LICSW
  • May 24th – Rational Prescribing in ADRD – Zachary Marcum, PharmD, PhD
  • May 31st – Maximizing QoL Across the Cognitive Continuum – Susan McCurry, PhD


How it Works

Lectures are offered virtually through Zoom Webinar. You may also watch the recorded lectures on your own time.
Registered participants may login to the coursepage to find all of the details on how to participate including the Zoom link.
Professional Credit
1.5 hours per lecture
Processed at the end of the series

Professional Credit

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

UW Continuing Nursing Education requires a $45 processing fee for a contact hour certificate for the series. 

Nurses: 15 contact hours (1.5 per session; Rx: see series brochure)

  • Continuing Nursing Education at the University of Washington School of Nursing (UWCNE) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • UWCNE is approved as a clock hour provider by the Washington State Board of Education.
  • Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #7128, for 15 contact hours (1.5 per session).

Psychologists:  UWCNE qualifies as a Washington State CE program sponsor under WAC 246-924-240

Social Workers and Counselors:  UWCNE qualifies as a Washington State CE program sponsor under WAC 246-809-601

All Other Disciplines:  A UWCNE certificate for up to 15 contact hours (1.5 per session) will be awarded for documenting completion of this offering.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Physicians: This virutal series activity, Geriatric Healthcare Series, when approved is acceptable for up to 15 prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. There is no processing fee for CME. There is no fee for obtaining the CME credits.

Our Lectures

Our lectures are deep dives of 90 minutes in length and cover a range of geriatric and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias topics focusing on age-friendly care and evidence-based practices useful for primary care healthcare providers. Search and watch our lectures online, anytime.

May 17, 2022

Rational Prescribing in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

By Zachary A. Marcum, PharmD, PhD

Assistant Professor University of Washington Department of Pharmacy