Annual Midwestern Conference on Health Care in the Older Adult

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46th Annual Midwestern Conference on Health Care in the Older Adult
Friday January 31, 2025

Welcome to the 45th Annual 
Midwestern Conference on Health Care in the Older Adult
A Geriatric Refresher-The 5M’s 
Friday January 26, 2024
7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
Registration Link 

Designed for primary care physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals, this conference instructs participants in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of conditions common in older adults.



Provide a patient care-oriented conference focusing on the 5M's in Geriatrics, in light of the patients medical, emotional, and social needs.


  • Critically evaluate supplements and other non-prescription options advertised for dementia prevention
  • Explain referrals and identify referring entities
  • Explore the complexities of late life quality of life discussions.
  • Discuss environmental/behavioral approaches most frequently cited to prevent dementia
  • Highlight important comorbid conditions that may be contributing to cognitive impairment
  • Describe how the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention course can increase strength and balance.
  • Discuss the program’s quality assurance results covered in the presentation.
  • Describe how to register for Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention courses.
  • Demonstrate the Tai Chi form Single Whip
  • Define Palliative Care and Hospice Care
  • Distinguish the similarities and differences between the two
  • Explain approaches to patient/family education
  • Define end of life care and its significance in the healthcare journey.
  • Elucidate the key principles of discussing end of life care
  • Explain the importance and the ideal timing of introducing the In-Patient Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (IPOST) discussion.
  • Demonstrate a structured approach to conducting an IPOST discussion
  • Understand the biological process of aging
  • Understand the clinical relevance of the aging process
  • Understand the biological process of aging
  • Understanding the natural part of aging: organ systems involved
  • Review polypharmacy, de-escalating therapy, and deprescribing
  • Discuss tools and other resources for deprescribing
  • Work through a case using these tools and resourses
  • Demonstrate the connection between fall risk and cognitive decline
  • Discuss how to evaluate fall risk in older adult patients in clincal practice
  • Demonstrate evidence-based interventions for preventing falls in older adult with cognitive decline 


Determination of educational content for this program and the selection of speakers are responsibilities of the program director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

Sponsored By: 

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the Departments of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28731, Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (Iowa GWEP).

Conference Planning Committee

Course Director
Nicholas Butler, MD, MBA

Course Co-Directors
Jeanette Daly, RN, PhD 
Gretchen Schmuch, MSW, LISW
Jason Wilbur, MD, FAAFP
Kevin Schleich, PharmD, BCACP

Program Coordinator
Rae Ann Hosier