Geriatric health care training available via virtual classroom

A series of online Geriatric health care trainings will be available via virtual classroom on the internet beginning in January. The series is sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage-Alaska Center for Rural Health & Health Workforce-Alaska’s AHEC and The Alaska Training Cooperative. The series is a partnership with the Northwest Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Center and will offer 10 weeks of trainings from January 3 through March 7, 2017.

The series is designed to give community-based providers working in the field of aging an opportunity to participate in the trainings without having to travel. Target audience includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists and other interested professionals. Classes feature a different speaker each week discussing their area of expertise.

A list of Host Sites, schedule of topics and registration is available at The trainings must be viewed at one of the Host Sites set up around the state and because anyone can apply to be a Host Site during the series, this list can change daily so it is important to check the website or contact Geri for an updated list. Trainings are every Tuesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Alaska time.

Registration cost is $10 per session or $60 for the entire series. Continuing Education credit is available for an additional $45. Certificates recording hours only are free upon request at the end of the series. Anyone can register at any time for the classes. There is no deadline.

The January schedule is as follows:

Jan. 3 The Role of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities in Geriatric Healthcare

Jan. 10 Medicare 101: The Basic A-B-C-Ds

Jan. 17 The Alphabet Soup of Medicare Provisions under the ACA

Jan. 24 Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Jan. 31 De-Prescribing

Visit the web link for information on presenters at these sessions, as well as the topics and presenters for February and March classes.

For more information, contact Geri Heiner at (907) 786-6591, or by e-mail at