This 90-minute webinar took place on Tuesday, October 17, 2023
at 12:00 noon 
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Interpreting for the Geriatric Patient

Dr. Eric Hardt has been a geriatrician for over 40 years, training, working, and teaching in NYC and Boston with a focus on underserved populations including immigrants. He has been board-certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. He has taught health care professionals and medical interpreters, each at many different levels of experience, on issues of cultural competence across the board, but especially on geriatrics and end-of-life care across language differences. This session will focus on clinical issues including dementia, incontinence, and falls with examples of assessment tools. Also discussed with be atypical sites of care, e.g., nursing homes, and the commonly complex structure of interviews with family/caregivers present.

Webinar purpose:
  • Become more familiar with details involving problems like dementia, incontinence, and falls including skills to interpret for standardized cognitive and functional assessments.

  • Be better prepared to handle situations involving family members with potential role confusion or conflict.

  • Appreciate increasing need for professional interpreters in sites like nursing homes and geriatrics in general.


About the Presenter:

Eric J. Hardt MD

Dr. Eric Hardt, MD is a Medical Oncology Specialist in Boston, MA and has over 48 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Tufts U, School of Medicine in 1974. He is affiliated with Boston Medical Center. Currently retired, Dr. Eric Hardt was awarded the Tony Windsor Award at the 2021 Massachusetts Area Health Education Center’s “Paving The Way to Healthcare Access” Conference. 

Eric as the author of critical research, some of the first of its kind, showing the financial costs and clinical consequences of language barriers, and demonstrating the difference in error rate between ad hoc and professional interpreters. Eric used his position to give recognition and credibility to the medical interpreting field, which was instrumental to the passage of state laws, institution-level policies, and culture change.

Without his contributions, relentlessly over decades, many more LEP patients would still be relying on their children or the receptionist for interpretation today.

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