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Join us for a unique opportunity with a nationally known expert on Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Understanding Challenging Behaviors

Join Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS nationally-known expert, author and speaker on geriatrics for a high-energy, dynamic 2 hour seminar filled with interesting case studies, insightful discussions and interactive learning.  You will leave this program with practical techniques that you can immediately apply!

Steven is a board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine. He has been an educator at the University of Utah since 1994 and has been involved in medicine for nearly 22 years. He has been involved in Geriatric Internal medicine for the last decade and is frequently asked to medically manage the most difficult patients with dementia-related behaviors. He has published and spoken nationally in the area of dementia and related foci for various audiences. He has also been graciously recognized for his compassionate and dedicated service in Geriatric Medicine by those communities he serves.  We are so excited to have this opportunity and for Steven to share his wealth of knowledge.

You will learn strategies to manage behaviors such as:

  • Normal Aging, Dementia, Depression or Delirium

  • Behavioral issues of early diagnosis

  • Reasons why individuals wander

  • Managing physical aggression, sundowning and behavioral problems in the evening

  • Refusing to eat

  • Environmental interventions to decrease behaviors

  • Physical, psychological and emotional stress


Objectives include:

  1. Develop strategies to manage difficult behaviors in seniors who have an altered perception of reality.

  2. Identify the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

  3. Discuss current research on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as lifestyle factors to slow the disease progression.

  4. Summarize the safety issues associated with geriatric patients who drive and identify individuals who pose a safety threat.

  5. Explain why wandering occurs in individuals with genitive impairment and develop strategies to minimize or redirect this behavior.

  6. Describe the environmental and behavioral causes of agitation.

  7. Differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate sexual behaviors in individuals with dementia.

  8. Distinguish between normal sleeping patterns and bedtime issues which could lead to increased health problems.

  9. Analyze the physical and psychological changes that affect an elder’s desire and ability to eat including the changes in nutritional requirements.

  10. Identify the signs of caregiver stress and develop intervention strategies to prevent burnout.


Come and gain valuable insights into the causes of challenging elder behaviors and learn innovative and practical intervention strategies to improve the care you provide.

Earlier Event: December 1
Fireside Gatherings