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6/18/24 - SIS Virtual Event - Community of Practice Meeting - Perspectives in Aging
Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
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June 18, 2024, Perspectives in Aging Community of Practice

Members - FREE

Non-Members - $20


Virtual Meeting 7:00 pm 


Please note - These sessions are not recorded for future viewing.




Number of Contact Hours: 1.0


Facilitator and Speaker:  

Speakers:  Amaya Scinto OTR/L, Anita Rothman OTR/L, Stephanie Mastino OTR/L, Mary Oliva OT/L, Stacey McIver MS, OTR/L

Facilitator:  Susanne Giannitti OTR/L 


Bio/Background of the Speakers:

ConnOTA community of practice-perspectives in aging members are OT practitioners who work with older adults, have worked with older adults, or who are seeking to work with this population. Areas of practice include but are not limited to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, home care, ALF, ILF, Adult Day Care, Senior Centers, as well as students, retirees, and those who teach older adult OT content. Members bring their expertise and skill set as well as questions and a strong desire to use social learning theory to learn, share, and pool resources and knowledge.

Mastery of group objectives is orally assessed.

Learning Objectives Attendees Should Achieve:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify:

  1. What dehydration is and adverse side effects in the older adult.

  2. What the signs and symptoms of dehydration are and how it is medically treated.

  3. Why older adults are more susceptible to dehydration.

  4. What the Free Water Protocol is and why it was developed.

  5. Patient Education interventions to prevent dehydration.

  6. Adapted foods/drinks, equipment, and apps to assist in staying hydrated.


Summary of Event:


Title: Dehydration and the Older Adult

Dehydration is an all-too common—and often unrecognized—condition among today’s seniors. As many as 40% of community-dwelling older individuals may be chronically under-hydrated. For those experiencing swallowing difficulties, staying hydrated can be even more difficult. The consequences can be dire. Older adults with dehydration can experience confusion, falls, a reduced ability to fight infection, and even death. In fact, dehydration is one of the 10 most frequent diagnoses in Medicare hospitalizations. That’s why it is crucial for those of us who care for the elderly to understand the signs and recommended interventions for dehydration.


This event is sponsored by Connecticut occupational therapy practitioners. ConnOTA is supporting this event by overseeing the award of CEUs for registered participants.