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The Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center (RIGEC)

at the University of Rhode Island

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Workshops may be taken individually or in series to fulfill the requirements for the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Practice in Geriatrics (CIPG). To view a schedule of upcoming workshops, go to the Program Calendar.

Workshop 1: Fundamental Concepts in Interdisciplinary Geriatric Practice

Core knowledge needed to work effectively with older adults, including the continuum of normal age-related changes to pathology, co-morbidities, reasons for differences in drug response in older adults, wellness and health promotion, and cultural/linguistic competence and health literacy.

Workshop 2: Interdisciplinary Geriatric Assessment and Teamwork

Key elements of an interdisciplinary assessment of older adults, including essential skills for collaborating on a team and advocating for a team approach in geriatric care.

Workshop 3*: Common Geriatric Syndromes and Ethical and Legal Issues

Review proposed criteria for defining geriatric syndromes; provide fundamental knowledge needed for diagnosing and treating the geriatric syndromes of delirium, dementia, and depression. Presentation of essential issues in nutrition, dental health, and sensory loss. Exploration of key ethical and legal issues surrounding clinical decisionmaking in the care of older adults.

Workshop 4*: Common Geriatric Syndromes and Clinical Management

Core knowledge needed for addressing the problems of falls, incontinence, pain, and infection in older adults. Exploration of the multidimensional concept of frailty and its implications for clinical care. Workshop 4 will be offered next in April 2013 and will focus on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Workshop 5*: Patient Care Transition Issues and Strategies with Older Adults

Addressing safety concerns with older adults, and implications for caregivers and stress. Negotiating care transitions and the health care system in Rhode Island. New advances in improving the quality of geriatric care.

*Workshops 3-5:  Although the overall topic will remain as stated, the specific content (such as syndromes) may be modified yearly based on needs, changing clinical guidelines, new research, etc.

Upcoming CIPG Workshops


Workshop 3: Syndromes and Senses - 2/9/2015

Workshop 4: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias - 4/13/2015

Workshop 5: Bridging the Gap in Fragmented Healthcare: Safe Transitions - 6/1/2015



Alzheimer's Disease Training

Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of RI.

Getting Started Series: South Kingstown Police Department


Getting Started Series: Middletown Public Library


Training Employees for Alzheimer's Management (T.E.A.M) (Spanish)


View RI's State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias