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28th Annual Gerontology Clinical Update

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CE participation can make a difference

These are just a few of the practice-related changes participants intended to make after attending the last Gerontology Clinical Update Conference.

  • I wasn't even aware of CLAIM but throughout the entire presentation, I was making a mental list of all people I know who can benefit from their services.
  • I look forward to seeing the results of (the speaker's) future research into utilizable frailty index.
  • Providers need to look at the person as a whole when prescribing medication and/or refer to the Beer's list prior to prescribing medication.

Conference information


A conference syllabus will not be provided. A link to the handouts will be e-mailed to each paid registrant five working days prior to the conference. MU Nursing Outreach only provides the link to handouts to paid registrants of this conference. Accordingly, please do not share this link. If someone needs the link, they should call our office at 573-882-0215.

Group discount

If you have three or more people registering from your organization please call our office, 573-882-0215, for group discount information.

CE certificates

A certificate of completion is provided to all conference participants who are paid in full and complete the conference evaluation form. If you are not paid in full, your CE credit will be awarded upon payment in full.

Lost certificates may be replaced with a written request to the Nursing Outreach office for a fee of $10 per certificate. We will need your name (exact same name that you used for registering) and the date and title of the conference you attended.

Registration cancellation and substitution

We understand that circumstances may arise that require you to cancel or send a substitute. If you cancel your attendance seven or more business days before the conference, your registration fee will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee. You may send a substitute at any time. Please notify the Nursing Outreach office of any registration changes prior to the conference to facilitate the check-in process.

Please note that upon submitting your registration, you are responsible for paying the full registration fee, whether or not you actually attend the conference, unless your registration is canceled at least seven business days prior to the conference. All cancellation notices must be in writing; e-mail notification is acceptable.


If you register without paying, you are responsible for payment whether or not you attend the conference unless you cancel at least five business days before the conference.

Program changes and cancellations

Nursing Outreach reserves the right to make changes in content and speakers, or to cancel programs if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail. Every effort will be made to contact each enrollee if a program is cancelled. In the event of cancellation, registration fees are automatically refunded in full. You will be notified one week prior to the activity date, and a full refund will be sent to you. MU will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants including, but not limited to, airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits.

Requirements for successful completion

  • Learners must attend and be paid in full
  • Learners must participate in any individual or small group activities
  • Learners must complete the online evaluation form

Commercial support

When commercial support is received for an educational activity, the conference planning committee maintains complete control over the selection of content and speakers. Acceptance of commercial support does not imply approval or endorsement of any product.


Taping by attendees is not allowed at any educational activities sponsored by Nursing Outreach.

Tax deduction

Your expenditure for this activity may qualify you for a Lifetime Learning federal tax credit. Tax deduction information regarding continuing education expenses is available from the IRS or tax advisors (Treasury Regulation 1.162.5).


  • Participants are asked to set their cellphones on vibrate or silent and to exit the meeting room for all calls.
  • Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.
  • MU complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have special needs as addressed by the ADA and need special assistance with this or any portion of the learning process, please notify us as soon as possible. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.
  • Please contact the Nursing Outreach Office at or 573-882-0215, if you need special dietary considerations.
  • See what Columbia has to offer



  • Nov.. 30 and Dec. 1


Includes web link to syllabus, CE credit, Continental breakfast, hosted Luncheon, two breaks each day.

Early registration by Nov. 16

  • $129 Nov. 30
  • $129 Dec. 1
  • $229 both days

Regular registration, after Nov. 16

  • $149 Nov. 30
  • $149 Dec. 1
  • $269 both days

On-site registration

  • $159 Nov. 30
  • $159 Dec. 1
  • $289 both days

Student registration rate by Nov. 16

  • $89 Nov. 30
  • $89 Dec. 1
  • $159 both days

Student registration rate after Nov. 16

  • $109 Nov. 30
  • $109 Dec. 1
  • $179 both days

Target audience

Health care professionals involved in the care of the elderly, regardless of setting - hospital, long-term care (LTC) facility, rehabilitation, hospice, home, and community.  Staff nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, nurse managers, staff development specialists, nurse educators, licensed nursing home administrators, social workers, regulatory personnel and others interested are encouraged to attend.  

Conference description

This gerontology conference is two days of evidence-based and application-oriented educational programming based on a combination of suggestions from past participants, current literature and hot topics suggested by the conference planning committee.  Experienced gerontology nurses from hospitals, LTC, rehabilitation, home and community health, as well as gerontology nursing faculty, a nursing home administrator, social worker and LTC facility surveyors determined the topics for this year's event.   Every effort has been made to translate the latest evidence into practical and useful knowledge for the gerontology professional.


The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum to discuss complex care issues common to all who care for the elderly, regardless of setting. The focus is on promoting excellence in gerontology health care by keeping abreast of the latest evidence regarding strategies that result in improved clinical and administrative outcomes.

Featured speakers

John E. Morley
Aging Successfully

  • John E. Morley, MD, director, Division of Geriatric Medicine, St Louis University, St Louis

Christine Mueller
Dec. 1
From Competencies to Outcomes: Nursing Care of Older Adults

  • Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FGSA, Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Long-term Care Professorship in Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Nov. 30 agenda

7:45 a.m.

  • Light breakfast
  • Visit exhibits

8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

  • Shirley J. Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, assistant dean, Nursing Outreach and teaching professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing

8:30 a.m.
Hypertension in Older Adults: What is the Target? Rx 30 mins

  • Michael LeFevre, MD, MSPH, Future of Family Medicine professor and vice chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine; medical director of population health, MU Health Care, Columbia
  • Conflicting guidelines exist for treatment targets for hypertension in the elderly.  Relevant background studies in addition to recent trials will be reviewed to allow participants to individualize hypertension treatment in older adults.

9:30 a.m.
Music with the Elderly

  • Kristin N. Veteto, MM, MT-BC, owner of Giving Song, LLC, Columbia
  • Specifically designed music experiences can evoke memory recall, elevate mood, decrease anxiety, and encourage social engagement among the elderly.  Music therapy is the evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for groups and individuals. Come join us for an interactive session that equips you to use music intentionally with your elderly patients.

10:30  a.m.
Beverage break

10:50  a.m.
Aging Successfully

  • John E. Morley, MD, director, division of geriatric medicine, St Louis University, St Louis
  • A few individuals are fortunate enough to be born of long-lived parents and thanks to their genetic make-up undergo successful aging.  Most of us, however, will run into a number of obstacles along our life's journey and how we handle them will decide whether or not we age successfully. Dr. Morley will share the many experiences and remarkable insights from his work with geriatric patients including the fact that overcoming adversity is the secret of successful aging.

11:50 a.m.
Hosted luncheon

12:40 p.m.
Can They Do That?

  • Rona McNally, director of special projects, Care Connection for the Aging Services, Warrensburg
  • In this interactive session, attendees will receive information about Medicare and Medicaid fraud, current scams and will test their ability to recognize the warning signs and what to do if a scam is suspected.  Participants will be equipped with the information and tools to protect themselves and their clients from scams.

1:40 p.m.
Geriatric Issues in Diabetes Mellitus Rx 15 mins

  • Sarah L. Froemsdorf, RN, Harry S Truman Memorial VA Hospital, Columbia
  • The incidence of diabetes mellitus is a growing problem because of a longer life expectancy and current lifestyle.  Couple this with the fact that complications of diabetes are more common with age.  This presentation will address the current evidence regarding the disease process with specifics for geriatrics, along with treatment recommendations for the elderly.

2:40 p.m.
Refreshment break

2:55 p.m.
Happiness and the Meaning of Life

  • Laura A. King, curators' distinguished professor, MU Department of Psychological Science, Columbia
  • For many people, the science of psychology is the science of what is wrong with people. Yet, increasingly at the forefront of modern psychology is the science of well-being. The University of Missouri has become a hotbed for this flourishing area of scholarship. This presentation will focus on three important topics that psychologists consider in their studies on the good things in life: what makes a life a good one, the science of happiness, and what makes life meaningful.

4 p.m.

Dec. 1 agenda

7:45 a.m.

  • Light breakfast
  • Visit exhibits

8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

  • Shirley J. Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, assistant dean, Nursing Outreach and teaching professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing

8:30 a.m.
From Competencies to Outcomes: Nursing Care of Older Adults

  • Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FGSA, professor, associate dean for academic programs, long-term care professorship in nursing, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • What competencies are needed by nurses that lead to desired outcomes for older adults? Dr. Mueller will provide an overview of the approaches health care organizations, health care education, and accrediting and regulatory bodies are taking to address competency of future and current health care providers. She will describe how competencies specific to the care of older adults can inform a competency based framework for organizations and individual nurses serving older adults.

10 a.m.
Beverage break

10:20 a.m.
Wound Management in the Elderly Client Rx 10 mins

  • Carolyn Crumley, DNP, RN, ACNS BC, CWOCN, adjunct assistant professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, wound, ostomy and continence nurse, St Luke's East Hospital, Lees Summit
  • Changes in the skin with aging, as well as co-morbid conditions, can make elderly individuals more vulnerable to impaired skin integrity and delayed wound healing.  This presentation will include how to assess and treat the most common wounds seen in caring for the elderly.

11:20 a.m.
Pain Management Options in the Time of Opioid Crisis  (Rx 10 mins)

  • Kevin Craig, MD, MSPH, Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Currently our healthcare community is torn between the use of opioids for pain management and the conflict of abuse and misuse of these medications.  How can we balance the issues of misuse with effective pain control in older patients, and what are the alternatives to opioid medications?

12:20 p.m.
Hosted luncheon   

1:15 p.m.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea

  • Cindy Wundrack, BHS, RRT, AE-C, MU Health Care
  • Mike Hough, AD, RRT, AeroCare, Columbia
  • This presentation will briefly discuss the sleep disorders most commonly seen in the elderly along with current treatment recommendations.  Equipment for treating sleep disorders will be displayed, with explanations of how each is used and instructions for  proper maintenance.

2:15 p.m.
The Medication Do's and Don'ts for Seniors Rx 60 mins

  • Jamie Koerner, PharmD, BCPS, clinical assistant professor, UMKC School of Pharmacy at MU, Columbia
  • The issue of polypharmacy continues to be a major problem impacting the health of geriatric patients. As the number and variety of medications increase, the prevalence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and safety hazards also increase. The speaker will identify potentially inappropriate medications commonly used by seniors, and discuss tips for safe medication use in the older adult. 

3:15 p.m.
Beverage break

3:30 p.m.
Eye Diseases in the Elderly

  • Frederick W. Fraunfelder, MD, MBA, chairman and Roy E. Mason and Elizabeth Patee Mason distinguished professor of ophthalmology, MU School of Medicine, Columbia
  • Vision changes with aging as a normal part of this process. These changes have little effect on your lifestyle or independence.  However, there are age related eye diseases that can cause vision loss. These common eye diseases will be discussed including symptoms to evaluate and current best practices for treatment.

4:30 p.m.


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    Nursing Outreach
    S266 School of Nursing Building
    Columbia, MO 65211-4120
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Location and lodging

The conference will be held at the Peachtree Catering and Banquet Center Ballroom, 120 E. Nifong, Suite D, Columbia, Mo., 65205. Should you need to be reached during the activity, the phone number is 573-875-6608.

A block of rooms at the special rate of $99 has been reserved for the evenings of Nov. 29 and 30 until Oct. 29 at the Stoney Creek Hotel, located at 2601 S. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203.  After this date, rooms will be on a space available basis only. To make reservations, please call 1-800-659-2220. The hotel is located just off Providence Road, 1.5 miles north of the Peachtree Banquet Center where the conference will be held. Be sure to ask for the MU GERONTOLOGY NURSING CONFERENCE room block. Participants are responsible for making their own reservations and guaranteeing reservations with a credit card.


  • Nursing
    The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
    Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1019-7.
    6.08 contact hours (including 0.75 contact hr Rx) will be awarded for Day 1 and 6.5 contact hours (including 1.32 contact hr Rx) for Day 2.  This approval is reciprocal in all states and for all specialty organizations that recognize the ANCC approval process.
  • Social work
    0.60 CEUs (6.0 contact hours) for Day 1 and 0.65 CEUs (6.5 contact hours) for Day 2 has been applied for from the University of Missouri, School of Social Work.
  • Nursing home administrators
    Clock hours have been applied for from the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators (TA-073-918).

Planning committee

  • Myra A. Aud, PhD, RN, associate professor emerita, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia
  • Barbara Brake, MSN, ANP-BC, nurse practitioner, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
  • Joseph Caraway, APRN/BC, adult/gerontological nurse practitioner, Barnes Health Care Management, Columbia
  • Angela Duvall, RN, state training coordinator, Division of Regulation and Licensure, Section of Long Term Care, Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City
  • Shirley J. Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, assistant dean, Nursing Outreach and teaching professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia
  • Amy Gansmann, LPN, South Providence Family Medicine, MU Healthcare, Columbia
  • Colleen Hollestelle, MA, LNHA, executive director, The Bluffs, Columbia
  • De Minner, BSN, RN, faculty associate, University of Missouri Enhanced Leadership Development Academy (ELDA); approved dementia care mapping instructor, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK
  • Jean Morrow, BSN, BSEd, RN, retired from Harry S Truman Veteran's Administration Hospital, Home Based Primary Care, Columbia
  • Kathleen Ford O'Neill, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, MU Psychiatric Center, Columbia
  • Irene Parsonson, MSN, FNP-BC,  family nurse practitioner, Pershing Memorial Hospital, Brookfield
  • Cynthia S. Stephens, MS(N), RN, clinical instructor/nurse planner, MU Nursing Outreach, Columbia
  • Lisa Stidham, MSN, CRRN, instructor of nursing, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia
  • Angela Verslues, RN, facility advisory nurse III, state training coordinator, Division of Regulation and Licensure, Section of Long Term Care, Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City
  • Reng Winters, MS(N), RN,C, gerontology and family nurse practitioner, Harry S. Truman Veteran's Administration Hospital, Columbia