Dental & Medical Management Updates for an Aging Population

Dental & Medical Management Updates for an Aging Population

Friday, November 3, 2017

Projections show, that within the next decade, the number of U.S. adults 65 years or older will represent nearly 20% of the total U.S. population. Is your practice ready for this influx of older adult patients?

Geriatric dental care has become more important than ever. The rapid growth of our older population presents dental professionals with significant challenges in clinical care. The need to provide safe and effective treatment for older dental patients with complex medical conditions and cognitive disorders is increasing. New and complex drug regimens are also more frequently encountered in the care of older adults and provoke additional patient management questions and concerns. This timely course brings together a team of experts in geriatric dental and medical care to discuss current clinical management strategies for older dental patients with complex chronic disease, cognitive impairment and drug therapy issues.


You will leave this continuing dental education program better able to:

  • recognize the current profile of the older adult population and the challenges it presents to health care.
  • assess and manage medical risk in older adults.
  • describe potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults.
  • describe the appropriate use of common dental drugs, including analgesics and antibiotic prophylaxis.
  • recognize the signs and symptoms of dementia.
  • apply practical strategies to facilitate dental care of older adults with dementia.

Who Should Attend

Dentists and dental team members who want to enhance their ability to care for older adult patients with special health care needs.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures and discussion.


David M. Atkinson, M.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Geropsychiatry Fellowship Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School; Staff Psychiatrist, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Minneapolis VA Health System.

James T. Pacala, M.D., M.S., Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, as well as a practicing Family Medicine physician and geriatrician in Minneapolis. 

Shellina R. Scheiner, Pharm.D., B.C.G.P., Assistant Professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Stephen K. Shuman, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor and Director of the Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Dental Director, Walker Methodist Dental Clinic, Walker Methodist Health Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Daniel D. Skaar, D.D.S., M.B.A., M.S., Associate Professor, Director of the Division of Periodontology, and Interim Chair of the Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.



  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration. 
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included and will be served from 12:15 to 1:00 PM.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.  

Course details

What to Wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund Policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one week (five working days) before the program. If you cancel less than one week prior to the program, a $50 processing fee will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108-6092

The Continuing Education & Conference Center is located on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, just east of the intersection of Gortner and Buford.

Get direction to the Continuing Education & Conference Center


Reserved parking has been secured in Lot 104 (overflow parking in Lot 108), adjacent to the Continuing Education and Conference Center, between the hours of 7 AM and 10 AM. As you pull up to the gate, let the attendant know the name of the continuing dental education program you are attending. Attendees who arrive after 10 AM will have to pay for parking ($6) upon entering the lot. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Please note that if you park anywhere besides Lot 104 or Lot 108, you will be responsible for the parking fees.


List of hotels near campus.


$305 dentist

$175 senior citizen dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant

$155 second and each additional dental therapist, hygienist or assistant


6 hours

Minnesota Credits
4 fundamental
1 core (Diagnosis & Treatment Planning)
1 core (Management of Medical Emergencies)


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


Continuing Education & Conference Center
Room 135
St. Paul Campus

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