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Soo Borson, M.D.
Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Affiliate Professor of Nursing
University of Washington

You are cordially invited to our Gold Bag Speaker Series: The Future of Dementia Care: Nurses at the Center

Today’s health care does not meet the needs of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their family care partners.  Despite ample evidence that person-and family-centered care improves wellbeing for patients and families, health care systems have been slow to implement programs that reach the majority of patients.  The new Medicare payment mechanisms developed to incentivize detection and management of cognitive impairment in primary care have not produced the anticipated improvements.  Registered nurses – at nearly 4 million, the largest health care profession in the United States – are the primary providers of care in hospitals and long-term care settings and provide most of the chronic care management offered to patients today. Caring well for outpatients with dementia requires a multi-domain, wholistic view of patients in the context of family caregiving and tailoring training to the unique challenges posed by dementia.  Nursing training, with its focus on assessment, whole-person, team-based, longitudinal care, is ideally suited to prepare a much-needed RN dementia specialist workforce for new roles across all health care settings.


Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: 108 Tamkin Hall (Tamkin Student Lecture Building)

Light lunch will be served.
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Soo Borson, M.D.

Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Affiliate Professor of Nursing
University of Washington

Soo Borson, M.D., is founding director of the Memory Disorders Program at University Medical Center and a core investigator in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  She is past President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Gerontological Society of America, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. She has published over 100 references dealing with late-life cognitive and mood disorders in patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Borson is the developer of the Mini-Cog, a brief screening tool for cognitive impairment designed for use in primary care and other non-specialist settings, and approved by the National Institute on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It has been chosen by the American College of Surgeons for inclusion in its ACS/NSQIP/AGS best practices recommendations for preoperative assessment of older adults. Her group’s validation work and collaborative studies, application by other investigators and clinicians, and adoption by many health care systems and community based service organizations have established the Mini-Cog’s value in a broad range of research and clinical settings.

Dr. Borson is internationally recognized for her work in dementia and dementia care, and has been an invited speaker in both academic and public programs.  She recently brought ‘The Memory Care Plays’ – a unique triplet of prize-winning one-act plays by writers personally familiar with dementia – to Seattle, where Taproot Theater offered stage readings and a post-performance conversation to a packed house.  Soo recently completed a long-term consultation to the Twin Cities Consortium for Alzheimer’s Research, Minnesota ACT on Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association of California Southland.