Posted: March 29, 2020

Geriatric Continuing Education Modules


These free, 1-hour modules provide training on geriatric topics and evidence-based tools to advance health professional teamwork in the care of older adults. Modules incorporate the expertise of local, regional and national leaders in geriatrics, neurology, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, social work and other disciplines. 

  • Advance Care Planning: Learn how to identify and complete advanced directives, explain components of the Texas MOST form, discuss challenges associated with completing an advance directive for patients with cognitive impairments, and understand billing and coding for Advance Care Planning. 
  • Sexuality, Intimacy and Dementia: There are many misconceptions surrounding the need for intimacy and expressions of sexuality within an aging population in general. A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease does not eliminate the human need for intimacy and sexual expression. This module will address common misconceptions, approaches to appropriately meet the needs of patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and explain techniques to family and caregivers. 
  • Improving Safety and Quality of Life in Persons with Dementia and Their Families: The participants of this learner paced activity will prepare the health professional to work more effectively with patients who have dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Ensuring their patients and the family caring for them communicate effectively to reduce risk and injury and improve their quality of life by keeping them safe. 
  • Safe Opioid Use in the Home Hospice Setting: Given the current opioid crisis within our nation, it is important to look at all the means that contribute to the issue. The UNTHSC Center for Geriatrics along with community partners formed a task force to consider the need for more training in the home hospice setting. This training was designed to meet that need.


Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Sarah E. Ross, DO, MS, CMD, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Barbara Harty, GNP, MSN, RN, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Kathlene Camp, PT, DPT, University of North Texas Health Science Center
James R. Hall, PhD, FABMP, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Leslie Coons, PharmD, Resident, UNT System College of Pharmacy, Fort Worth, Texas
Shara Elrod, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, Associate Professor, Pharmacotherapy, UNT System College of Pharmacy, Fort Worth
Texas Alvin Mathe', DO, Assistant Professor, UNTHSC, Center for Geriatrics, Fort Worth, Texas
Amanda Robbins, APRN, MS, GCNS-BC, Program Director Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas 


Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Graduate Medical Education (GME), Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Professional Development (CME/CPD)


Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Resource Type(s)

Written or Visual Media (or Digital Equivalent)

Instructional Method(s)

Case-Based Instruction/Learning
Self-Directed Learning


Geriatrics, Advanced Care Planning, Dementia, Quality of Life, Opioid