Physical and Cognitive Functional Assessments

Cost: $50 PFAC Member – $70 Non-Member

Speakers: Vincent Amazona, Dr. Mehrdad Ayati, Choi Chio

CEU Awarded: 1.0 Person

Presented Date: 7/10/2020





About the Course

Cognitive and Functional Assessments play an integral role in approaching a patient’s care holistically and throughout the health care continuum. In this presentation, geriatric experts Dr. Mehrdad Ayati, medical advisor to the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, Dr. Chio Choi, 10-year Occupational Therapist and faculty member of San Jose State University, and Vince Amazona, LVN and Nurse Advisor, will provide attendees an opportunity to delve into the logistics of medical assessments, their impact, as well as some of the misconceptions surrounding test results. Choi and Amazona will also discuss proper communication practices for clients with diminished capacity. In addition, Ayati, Choi, and Amazona will also discuss significant trends in the senior care industry and how functional assessments can affect the quality of life. After the informational presentations, there will be a moderated panel discussion centered on questions from the audience.

Vincent Amazona, LVN, Nurse Advisor, Care Indeed

Vincent has been a nurse for 6 years now, primarily focusing on geriatrics and Memory Care. In Home Health and Hospice, he was able to gain the understanding that the patient needs always goes beyond the physical, and that the emotional and social support can make the difference between positive and negative outcomes. As a memory Care Coordinator, he helped to oversee and structure the caregiver/resident relationship, so that the families could feel comfortable when faced with putting the daily care in the hands of someone else. At Care Indeed, he has been part of the initial intake process, which provided him invaluable experiences in managing clients’ pain points and addressing their needs. Vince has been able to leverage his background to devise specialized training programs for the caregivers, so that individual plans of care can take into consideration the total needs of the client, and that the caregivers are given a resource to gain knowledge and confidence in their roles.

Dr. Mehrdad Ayati, MD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine Dr. Mehrdad Ayati, well known nationally and internationally in the field of Geriatric Medicine, is a speaker, author, and educator. He is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and a member of Ethnogeraitric and Quality and Policy Measurement of American Geriatric Society. Dr. Ayati is an advisor for many organizations related to the aging population, including Alzheimer’s Association, Nothern California, Nevada chapter and SRI(Stanford Research Institute), and U.S Senate special committee on Aging.

Choi Chio, OTD, MSOT, OTR/L, PAM

An Occupational Therapist, Choi Chio earned a Bachelor and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University and a post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with an aging elective at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Chio has over 10 years of experience working as an occupational therapist and fieldwork educator primarily in different geriatric settings including Subacute Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities, Independence Living Facilities, adult day care center, outpatient service, and home health care. She is enthusiastic about aging in place and developing different intervention programs for optimal treatment outcomes. Choi is passionate about occupational therapy with practical and functional techniques in assisting clients with physical, neurological, and/or cognitive disabilities, and comorbidities.