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Best Practices Conference Offers Professionals An Interdisciplinary Approach...

The 2012 Best Practices in Aging Conference, put on by the Michigan State University Geriatric Education Center of Michigan - Grand Rapids and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, will be held April 26 and 27.

It provides an interdisciplinary approach for health care professionals in the assessment and care of older adults. Attendees are introduced to key aspects of oral health, care giving, substance abuse and mental health, diabetes, capacity and competency, care transitions, health literacy and hearing loss.

This conference is appropriate for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other allied health professionals. Continuing education credits are available.

The Pine Rest Postma Center is the conference location at 300 68th St., S.E., Grand Rapids, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days. The conference fee is $125 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is available through the website at, under the news and events tab. For more information, please contact Jes Gregory at (616) 258-7431 or


About Pine Rest

Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa.  Pine Rest achieved a historic milestone in June 2010 when the organization marked 100 years of service to the greater Grand Rapids and national community.