University at Albany School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Continuing Education will host a free, live webcast on the topic Alzheimer’s Disease and Advanced Directives: A Primer for Primary Care Physicians:
Date: Thursday, September 17th
The broadcast will feature Wayne Shelton, PhD, MSW, professor of Medicine and Bioethics, Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College and Kevin Costello, MD, assistant professor of Medicine and attending, Department of Medicine, Albany Medical College.
The program will provide critical information and tools to prepare these healthcare providers to have constructive conversations with patients that have remaining capacity about their preferences for medical care in the advance stage of disease. Speakers will discuss the dramatic impact that the growing number of new Alzheimer’s patients has on both patients and caregivers, describe healthcare providers’ professional obligation within their window of opportunity to have and document conversations with patients with remaining capacity about advance directives, and identify the criteria for determining capacity.