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 management 1.0 credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: In 2006, journalist Beth Macy was asked by an older colleague who was just diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia to write the woman's story - before she forgot it. That request led Macy, a newspaper reporter in Virginia who also freelances for national magazines, on a quest to understand the increasing challenges faced by so many caregivers in the United States, from doctors and home-care aides to family members and patients themselves. Macy will share what she learned in her three years of reporting, from studying the issue at Harvard's School of Public Health as well as from caring for her own aging relatives. Beth Macy is the families beat reporter at The Roanoke (Va.) Times, where she's worked off and on since 1989. Her stories about aging, race and immigration have won more than a dozen national awards. A 2010 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, Macy produced a multimedia series called "Age of Uncertainty," about the challenges facing seniors and caregivers in her region. The series won "Documentary Project of the Year" by Pictures of the Year International, as well as the Associated Press Managing Editors' award for online convergence, a Casey Medal for coverage of families and the Virginia Press Association's top public-service reporting prize. Macy has taught literary journalism at Hollins University and writes freelance articles and essays, most recently for O, The Oprah Magazine; Parade magazine; The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Journalism Review. Her November 2010 story about cholera in Haiti won the 2011 Associated Press Managing Editors award for international reporting.
Describe the impact of good communication on the relationships between health care professionals, patients, and their families.
Discuss the importance of treating the whole family, not just the patient.
Recognize the pervasiveness of ageism.
Speakers(s): Beth Macy
Disclosure(s): Beth Macy has no financial disclosures to report.
(CME credits will not be provided for this session.)