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Talks at Twelve: Elissa Kozlov and Keiko Kurita, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Weill Cornell Behavioral Geriatrics: "Cognitive Impairment in Hospitalized Adults" and "Palliative and Mental Health Care"
Elissa Kozlov and Keiko Kurita, Weill Cornell Medical College

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

Palliative and Mental Health Care: Psychological Needs of Patients and their Families
Palliative care is interdisciplinary care that improves the quality of life of patients with life-threatening illness and their families by addressing physical, psychosocial, practical and spiritual issues. Though psychosocial care is a core component of palliative care, it is unclear what psychological interventions and assessments are being provided to patients in palliative care. Dr. Elissa Kozlov will discuss the current state of mental health care and research within palliative care.

Dr. Elissa Kozlov is a T32 post-doctoral fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College at the Center for End-of-Life Research. She earned her doctorate from Washington University in both Clinical and Aging and Developmental Psychology. Her research focuses on mental health assessment and intervention within palliative care, patient and family knowledge of palliative care, later life family communication, and barriers to palliative care integration and utilization.

Cognitive Impairment in Hospitalized  Adults
As the population ages, increasing age is associated with cognitive decline which may adversely affect the outcomes of older adults managing complex illnesses, especially during hospitalization. In her presentation, Keiko will explore the extent compromises in cognitive function may be associated with preferences, decisions, and care in older adults who are seriously ill and describe further research. 57

Keiko Kurita is a T32 post-doctoral associate in Behavioral Geriatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. She received her PhD in Psychology  and MPH from the University of Southern California. Keiko’s research is focused on understanding how declines in cognitive function and the treatment of chronic illnesses interact with one another and using this knowledge to improve the psychological well-being of older adults. words:68

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Botanic Gardens lot across the road from Beebe Hall. No registration or RSVP required except for groups of 5 or more. We ask that larger groups email Patty at letting us know of your plans to attend so that we can order enough lunch.

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