Meeting the Challenges of Professional Health: The Privilege of Aging
DATE: November 14, 2014
TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
University of Bridgeport
Arnold Bernhard Center
84 Iranistan Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Youth are taught with age comes privilege, but for licensed health professionals age may seem more of a risk than a privilege. Unlike commercial airline pilots, there are no laws requiring regular health screening or retirement for health care professionals in the United States. Fitness to practice is decided on an individual basis, at times after patient safety is compromised with disastrous consequences. Yet, according to the AMA, about 42 % of the nation's one million physicians are older than 55. Similar statistics are true for dentists. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the age of our nursing population has been rising over the past two decades. By 2008, 16.2 % of nurses were 50 to 54 years old. Age is our reality.
This program is designed to start the dialogue on aging, and the challenges facing our healthcare community. Connecticut values and respects our aging professional population. The renowned collection of speakers will explore the challenges of aging healthfully, the controversial aspects of monitoring aging professionals, and the tools to provide professionals to enhance the aging experience.
Our two remarkable speakers have dedicated their careers to the sensitive issues of managing aging:
George Vaillant, M.D., a Harvard psychiatrist, is a key figure in one of the largest studies of human development, as well as the author of Triumphs of Experience and Aging Well.
Sheila LoboPrabhu, M.D. is a geriatric psychiatrist from Houston, TX, and lead author of "The aging physician with cognitive impairment: approaches to oversight, prevention, and remediation." Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 Jun;17(6):445-54.
Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:
Identify and describe the presentations, etiology & treatments for healthy aging;
Explain three benefits and three disadvantages to mandated cognitive testing at specified ages;
Describe the importance of positive emotions to long term well-being.
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