Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of 1.0 Clinical credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: For the past 32 years, artist David Greenberger has made aging and decline the subject of his creative endeavors. As someone who deliberately remains outside the field of geriatrics and medicine, Greenberger's observations and reflections offer a rich and unique vantage point. While he is aware of the cognitive losses of his elderly subjects, he approaches each person as whole and complete, despite the smaller range of their lives. He responds to what they have in common: the desire for genuine communication and delight in a new experience. From these conversations he creates books and audio works intended as an art experience. The recordings and monologue performances are in his own voice, an abstraction that is essential for listeners to turn inward and think of their own lives.
Discuss the dynamics of elderly conversation and how the uniqueness of their words can facilitate positive communication.
Analyze how to maintain a positive connection with the elderly through conversation.