Synchrony Health Services

The Nursing Perspective: Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) in Geriatric and Long-Term Care Patients

Justin Rash, PharmD, BCGP

Our Educational Symposium is designed for Administrators, Director of Nursing, and nursing staff that provide care to elderly and developmentally disabled persons. Our desire is to provide networking among leaders in the Post-Acute Care, Long Term Care, and Assisted Living industry while providing education on hot button issues. We hope that participants leave with the knowledge and tools to prepare them for the future.

This presentation is intended to educate healthcare professionals on the intricacies of this disease state. Included is a review of PBA with a focus on neurocircuitry, a discussion of disease state assessment and prevalence with a focus in long-term care and then finishing with a review on the effects of PBA symptoms on patients in long-term care settings.

  1. Provide an overview of what Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA), how neurological conditions can cause PBA symptoms and how the symptoms of the disease present in patients
  2. Review how often symptoms of PBA can occur and what the effects of uncontrollable crying and/or laughing can mean to patients with a focus on patients in Long-Term Care communities
  3. Discuss how PBA is assessed and considerations for the healthcare professionals in PBA symptom screening

* Registration and attendance is complementary.

* This program is NOT associated with continuing education.


Justin Rash, PharmD, BCGP Justin Rash, PharmD, BCGP
Senior Medical Science Liaison

Justin Rash, Senior Medical Science Liaison, is a graduate of Drake University with his Doctorate in Pharmacy and then received his Board Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy. Prior to joining Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Avanir”) he was with Martin Health Services LTC Pharmacy where he was the Vice President of Clinical Services leading a consulting pharmacy team before being acquired by CVS/Omnicare where he then was a Clinical Manager. Justin in the past has been involved with association work in leadership positions that include the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and the Iowa Pharmacy Association. He was drawn to Avanir because of the company’s combination of his three clinical passions; long-term care, geriatrics and CNS-related disorders. Justin resides in the Des Moines, Iowa area with his wife, two sons and dog and as a family they enjoy watching/playing soccer.

Wed, August 24, 2022| 1-2 pm ET