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Helping Seniors Survive the Cognitive and Physical Changes of COVID-19

DATE: Thursday, November 19



COVID-19 has not only disrupted virtually every aspect of American life and business, but its lingering effects are only now being recognized. Since the pandemic first emerged, senior and long-term care have valiantly battled to protect their residents, staff, and the broader community. With surges in infection and a vaccine still unavailable, the focus needs to turn to the emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of those residents.

Explore these issues and concerns from the multidisciplinary perspective of a geriatrician, dietitian, and activity specialist. While no one person or specialty has all the answers, together we can have a big impact. Brainstorm and participate in a dynamic discussion of ideas and options to help guide residents through this ongoing crisis.


  • Better understand how COVID-19 attacks the nervous system resulting in cognitive, behavioral, and psychological problems.

  • Manage post-COVID-19 effects on residents with a comprehensive, holistic perspective including medical, dietary, and activity.

  • Apply new ideas and options to help guide residents through the pandemic.

Victoria Braund, MD, is a geriatrician who cares for older patients across the continuum of care, including treating end-of-life issues in palliative care and hospice. A Certified Medical Director, Dr Braund serves as the Medical Director at Symphony of Evanston and Brandel Health and Rehabilitation in Northbrook, Illinois.

Dr Braund is very involved in teaching geriatrics to medical residents and students, in her role as the Director of Geriatric Medicine at North Shore University, a position she has held since 2002. After graduating from medical school at the University of North Dakota, Dr Braund completed her residency at University of North Dakota and a fellowship at the University of Chicago.

Dr Braund has received several awards for her service, and has published and lectured on numerous medical topics.

Staci has dedicated her entire career to long-term care, providing quality nutrition care to residents and clients. As Senior Vice President and COO for Nutrition Care Systems (NCS), Staci leverages her passion for person-centered care and innovative solutions to develop corporate partnerships. She has a knack for aligning cost control strategies with cutting edge clinical nutrition and food-service management systems. Leading clinical operations for NCS, Staci provides direction, leadership, and training to clients and her team of dietitians throughout the Midwest.

After four years as Program Director at Springfield Supportive Living, Rose was faced with a new challenge of developing creative programs and activities in the midst of COVID-19. While it has been a roller coaster for every community, Rose and her team got creative, testing ideas to determine what works the best for their community on a daily basis. Since graduating from Lincoln College in 2007 with a liberal arts degree, Rose has applied those skills in senior living. In her own words, “We are constantly having a good time no matter what the world is bringing upon us!”

Nursing and Administrators ― This activity has been approved for one clock hour each of continuing education credit by The Illinois Health Care Association, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must submit their documentation directly to their respective state boards, associations, or licensing agencies. Forum Extended Care Services provides CE certificates only to attendees.


Victoria Braund
Victoria BraundMD
Staci Bettiker
Staci BettikerMS, RDN
Rose Moore
Rose MooreBA

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