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Siberski speaking at Alzheimer's Association Greater PA Chapter Conference
03-12-13

Professor Siberski
James Siberski, M.S., C.M.C., CRmT, assistant professor and coordinator of the Gerontology Education Center for Professional Development at Misericordia University, will be a guest speaker at the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter Conference, “A Practical Look at Alzheimer’s,’’ on Tuesday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Siberski is presenting the workshop, “Navigating the Psychosocial Staircase.’’ The need for medical care and oftentimes pharmacological intervention for individuals who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias are important, according to Siberski. “We must not forget that these individuals are human beings and need psychosocial intervention and stimulation as well,’’ Siberski said about his presentation. “The presentation will deal with the psychosocial intervention that professionals as well as family caregivers can utilize while caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.’’

The conference will also feature Candy Yingling, C.T.R.S., of the Alzheimer’s Association. She will make the presentation, “Influencing Behaviors by Employing Meaningful Activity.’’ Dr. Bill Arcurie of Trinity Pharmacy Services will offer the lecture, “Reducing the Need for Psychotropic Medications in Dementia Patients.’’ Dr. Verna Carson, P.M.H., C.N.S., of C &V Senior Care Specialists, concludes the programming with her presentation, “Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer: A Gentle Approach to Challenging Behaviors.’’

Please contact Tamara Bortree, Alzheimer’s Association, at (570) 822-9925 or at tbortree@alz.org to register for the conference. The deadline for registration is May 1. The conference is eligible for 6.0 continuing education credits for social workers, personal care home/nursing home administrators and nurses. Siberski received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wilkes University and his master’s degree in human service administration from Misericordia University. He is an affiliate member of the American Geriatric Psychiatry Association and is certified in remotivation therapy, gerontology, and by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Siberski is also an editorial advisory board member of Aging Well Magazine, a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, the Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Elder Abuse Task Force Committee and a prior member of the board of directors of the Greater Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Association. He has been published in multiple publications, and has presented numerous lectures and has consulted on issues in geriatric, psychiatric and intellectual disability populations.