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DE0023: Diabetes Online CDE: Caring for Elders through the Time of COVID

Date: 10/01/2022 - 5/31/2023
Course Status: Completed
Facility: Online
Location: Online
Instructor: Blythe Winchester
Director: Jan Frederick
Level: Basic
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Support Staff
Quota: 1 - 1000 students
Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 1.00 (Total CDE); 1.00 (DANB Non-Clinical); 1.00 (AGD - 750)
Joint Sponsorship: No
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Older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions like diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. This presentation will review the differences in overall pathophysiology in elders compared to younger patients in terms of capacity for response and recovery from infections such as the COVID-19 virus.
Clinical considerations to assist in providing the safest and best care for elders will be discussed. A review of specific efforts that caregivers need to be aware of in order to optimize outcomes during this crisis will also be included.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1.   Summarize the differences between elders vs. younger patients and their capacity to respond and recover from infections.
2.   Incorporate key concepts of individualizing caring for elders and other vulnerable patients into clinical practice.
3.   Continue to help people with diabetes stay healthy and prepared in a time of potential illness or emergency as a result of COVID-19.

Speaker / Presenter:

Blythe Winchester — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an accredited sponsor of continuing education under the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the IHS at IHS CDE Coordinator or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at



Tuition Payment Information:


Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.