Vision in Aging SIG Newsletter - Spring 2019

Published May 6, 2019

In This Issue:
  • 2019 SIG Symposium
  • 2019 SIG Business Meeting
  • Healthy Brain Initiative to Address Dementia
  • Entry Competency Statements for Optometric Geriatrics
Leadership Team
Dr. Pat Segu - Chair
Dr. John Kaminski - Past Chair
Dr. Satya Verma - Vice Chair
Dr. Rebekah Montes - Secretary
Dr. Bhagya Segu - Communications Chair
Dr. Sima Mozdbar - Program Chair
Dr. Sue Leat - Steering Committee
Dr. Mark Swanson - Steering Committee

Dear Vision in Aging SIG members,
Here are the latest updates from the Vision in Aging SIG.
Save the Date: 2019 Vision in Aging SIG Symposium
Vision in Aging SIG Symposium: Neurodegeneration and the Aging Eye: Role of Eye Care Professionals in Early Management and Care for Patient with Progression
Thursday, October 24 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM in Room W232 at the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center.
2019 SIG Business Meeting
Mark your calendars for the Vision in Aging SIG business meeting on Thursday, October 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
Healthy Brain Initiative to Address Dementia
Download the CDC's2018-2023 Road Mapfor the Healthy Brain Initiative: State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia.
Entry Competency Statements for Optometric Geriatrics
After some discussion at our last business meeting, the group decided this would be a worthwhile endeavor to develop entry level core competencies on geriatrics care to be covered in the optometry curricula. The issues of concern when examining older adults should be incorporated into the optometry program and not just an extension of primary care. Working with the geriatric population requires specific skills, knowledge, and understanding. It was thought that the entry level competencies would be a guide for the material that needed to be covered in optometry curricula, although this may not always have to be in a separate course on geriatrics.
The low vision entry level competencies can act as a guide and the objectives of the Rosenbloom Geriatric curriculum are a good starting point. It was pointed out that there are some major topics missing, such as falls and driving and dealing with patients with MRSA.
The current action plan is to develop a committee to work on developing the core competencies to share with the SIG for comments and eventually submit our recommendations to ASCO. Additionally, the committee will aim for at least one contact from each accredited school. Current committee members are Satya Verma, John Kaminski, Sue Leat, and Mark Swanson. If you are interested, please let us know!
Pat Segu, OD, FAAO
Chair, Vision in Aging SIG