Workers learning new ways to assess geriatric needs

Health care professionals will be taking an in-depth look at ways to help their geriatric clients with physical, psychological, social, economic and environmental functions.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is sponsoring a workshop called "Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments" on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Social Services, Koster Campus, Building D, in Eureka. The workshop is open at no cost to the public, but is especially designed for health professionals interested in geriatric issues. It will be conducted by representatives from the UC Davis Extension Center for Human Services.

Topics will include common diagnoses, effects of medication, how to incorporate appropriate questions into routine practice and how to get a specialized assessment.

"Workshops like these are important for the community’s elderly population and the health care providers who are always looking at new ways to serve them," said Kathy Young, DHHS social services director. "We’re very pleased to bring these kinds of events to the county."

The instructor, Dr. Diana Koin, has taught physicians and professional and community audiences about elder abuse and other topics affecting seniors since 1979. Koin is an expert in health care ethics, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and direct care of older patients.

Continuing education credits are available for marriage and family therapists and licensed clinical social workers. Limited seating is available and there is no fee to attend.

For more information, contact Laura Thompson at or (707) 441-5520.