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Satellite Symposia

C. difficile Infection in the Older Adult

November 11, 2021 | 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM ET

Program Description

C. difficile is a public health threat that is often under recognized and under diagnosed in patients around the world. In older adults aged 65+ years, C. difficile infections take the lives of 1 in 11 patients within a month of diagnosis. Commonly thought of as a disease associated with hospital settings, community-associated C. difficile infections are on the rise. It is important to understand the prevalence and persistence of C. difficile and how C. difficile disproportionately affects adult patients. During this virtual symposium, a panel of experts will discuss the risks and clinical considerations regarding the management of C. difficile, as well as answer your questions about this disease. Read the full program agenda.

This is an industry-supported symposium held in conjunction with the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting. Sponsored by Pfizer.


Erik R. Dubberke, MD, MSPH (Chair) 
Professor of Medicine 
Clinical Director, Transplant Infectious Diseases 
Washington University School of Medicine 
Saint Louis, Missouri 



Fayola Delica, BSHSE, BSN, RN, MSN-FNP(s), D. Min (Hon)
Fayola Delica, LLC 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 






Ruth Carrico, PhD, DNP, FSHEA, FNAP, FAAN  
Executive Director, Norton Infectious Diseases Institute
Norton Healthcare
Professor, gratis faculty 
Division of Infectious Diseases  
University of Louisville
                                Louisville, Kentucky


Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH 
Professor of Medicine and Health Services Policy & Practice
David S. Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine 
Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Schools of Medicine and Public Health 
Associate Director, COIN-LTSS 
Providence, VAMC 



Transforming the Alzheimer's Disease Journey: The Role of Geriatric Specialists in Early Diagnosis and Patient-Centered Care

Friday, November 12 | 8:30-10:00 AM ET

Program Description

Please join our eminent faculty in this Biogen-sponsored virtual symposium navigating through an Alzheimer’s disease diagnostic journey, with a focus on the role of geriatric specialists. With the help of a patient case and panel discussion, the faculty will highlight key considerations for optimal detection, diagnosis, and management of Alzheimer’s disease. There will be an opportunity to ask questions
during a live Q&A. We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a thought-provoking symposium.
Read the full program agenda.

Chair: James Galvin (USA) 
Faculty: Leslie Shaw (USA) and Anna Burke (USA) 

This is an industry-supported symposium held in conjunction with the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting. Sponsored by Biogen.


The Gerontological Society of America is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public. Founded in 1945, GSA is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally. Our members come from more than 50 countries. To further fulfill our mission, GSA assembles more than 3,500 professionals from around the world to an Annual Scientific Meeting. This monumental event now features more than 500 sessions each year. Additionally, we publish the field’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.



The Gerontological Society of America
1220 L Street NW, Suite 901
Washington, DC 20005
United States


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