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Gerontology & Geriatrics Education

Belinda Goodenough, Richard Fleming, Michael Young, Kim Burns, Cindy Jones, Fallon Forbes
Providing information about latest research via educational sessions to health professionals caring for people with dementia may be insufficient to drive change. This project explored self-reported impacts on practice change of adding information about knowledge translation (KT) to a national dementia education program. Six national workshop days were held. Each provided the option of participating in a Principles of KT and innovation implementation seminar in addition to a clinical topic update (sexualities and dementia, or managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia)...
October 24, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Maricruz Rivera-Hernandez, Sergio Florez Cerqueda, José Carlos García Ramírez
Life expectancy is increasing in Mexico, creating new opportunities and challenges in different areas, including gerontology and geriatric education and research. While in the European Union there are more than 3,000 institutions that focus on aging research, in Latin America there are only 250 programs where theoretical and practical knowledge is taught. In Mexico, the number of institutions that offer gerontology and geriatric education is relatively small. One of the major concerns is that Mexico is not adequately prepared to optimally deal with the aging of its population...
October 18, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Juliessa M Pavon, Sandro O Pinheiro, Gwendolen T Buhr
OBJECTIVE: We developed a Transitions of Care (TOC) curriculum to teach and measure learner competence in performing TOC tasks for older adults. DESIGN: Internal medicine interns at an academic residency program received the curriculum, which consisted of experiential learning, self-study, and small group discussion. Interns completed retrospective pre/post surveys rating their confidence in performing five TOC tasks, qualitative open-ended survey questions, and a self-reflection essay...
October 18, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Ronald J Maggiore, Kathryn E Callahan, Janet A Tooze, Ira R Parker, Tina Hsu, Heidi D Klepin
The number of older adults with cancer is growing, necessitating more collaborative training in both geriatric principles and cancer care. We administered a web-based survey to U.S. geriatrics program directors (PDs) addressing cancer-specific training and perspectives on optimal training content and roles for geriatricians in cancer care. Of 140 PDs contacted, 67 (48%) responded. Topics considered very important in training included cancer screening (79%) and cancer-related pain management (70%). Respondents strongly agreed that some of the geriatrician's roles in cancer care included assessing functional status (64%) and assessing physical/cognitive function for goals of care (64%)...
October 17, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Scott D Wright, Cheryl A Wright, Valerie D'Astous, Amy Maida Wadsworth
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October 17, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
E Chapman, A Eastman, A Gilmore-Bykovskyi, B Vogelman, A J Kind
Older adults often face poor outcomes when transitioning from hospital to home. Although physicians play a key role in overseeing transitions, there is a lack of practice-based educational programs that prepare resident physicians to manage care transitions of older adults. An educational intervention to provide residents with real-life transitional care practice was therefore developed-Resident-coordinated Transitional Care (RC-TraC). RC-TraC adapted the evidence-based Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) nurse role for residents, providing opportunities to follow patients during the peri-hospital period without additional costs to the residency program...
October 17, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Amanda Olson, Stephanie Reiland, Susan Davies, Amy Reitmaier Koehler
Preparing nursing students to work effectively with older adults is an important element of undergraduate nursing education. Reflective journals written as course assignments represent a source of data about students' learning. The aim of this study was to analyze nursing students' reflective journals based on conversations with community-dwelling older adults, to identify learning in relation to experiences of living with a chronic condition. This was one element of a wider study to evaluate learning partnerships between community dwelling older adults and nursing students as an alternative to traditional clinical placements in long-term care settings...
October 17, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Marshall B Kapp
Medical education, including education intended to prepare future physicians to care to older individuals, should include development and implementation of competencies relating to a physician's ability to understand and interact with the legal environment and legal actors who will impact the practice of medicine. The wisdom of integrating legal knowledge into the medical curriculum has been documented and literature discusses the content and methods of teaching medical students and residents about law and the legal system...
October 14, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Dana Sawchuk
One means to uncover common attitudes toward aging and older adults is to perform content analyses of popular print media forms such as newspapers, magazines, and even greeting cards. This active learning activity involves small groups of undergraduate students replicating, in a limited way, elements of a published research study on the messages conveyed by age-related birthday cards. In the exercise, each group of students is asked to analyze a set of 15 different birthday cards and to share qualitative and quantitative findings with classmates before submitting a written "discussion section" on their results to the instructor...
October 14, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Veronika Leicher, Regina H Mulder
Vignettes are short, descriptive stories of an incident of practice. They contain realistic contents and can therefore be a trigger for learning processes. The overall goal of this study is to develop work task vignettes as a trigger for learning processes and the professional development of geriatric nurses. First, we analyzed how vignettes have to be designed in order to use them as a trigger for learning processes and professional development. Second, based on these requirements, we developed four vignettes describing the work tasks of geriatric nursing staff and validated them in an interview study with twelve experts (N = 12) in the domain of geriatric nursing...
October 12, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Marcela Mejia, Scott M Hyman, Samantha Behbahani, Kristen Farrell-Turner
OBJECTIVES: To explore how psychology trainee death concerns and ageist behavior relate to their willingness and desire to work with older adults. METHOD: Trainees (N = 104; 80.8% women) completed the Death Thought-Accessibility Measure, Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE), Death Anxiety Scale-Extended (DASE), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and rated their willingness and desire to work with older adults and their willingness to obtain training on how to work with older adults...
October 12, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Tomoko Ikeuchi, Feng-Hwa Lu, Jason K Holdsworth, Özgür Arun, Shan-Tair Wang, Ikuko Murakami, Hisao Osada
As of 2015, there is only one master's program of gerontology acknowledged by per each of the following countries: Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey. All three programs have less than 15 years of history. These three countries differ in society types based on the proportion of older adults, rate of population aging, and population size. However, in terms of gerontological education, they seem to share great commonalities. Common challenges are a lack of awareness of the field of gerontology, insufficient numbers of gerontology programs and faculty members to produce trained gerontologists within society, and the inadequacy of opportunities for trained gerontologists to play an active role in various fields...
September 21, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Fernando M Torres-Gil
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September 20, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Mary E McCall, Ulrika Börjesson
This article examines the similarities and differences in the education and training of gerontologists and others who work with older people in Sweden and the United States. It outlines the aging trends in both countries and assesses the level of training for those who provide care in a variety of fields. Both countries are aging, however the programs for gerontological training are quite different in the two countries, reflecting underlying cultural values. Sweden's education is generally more oriented towards the integration of some aging education in more disciplinary fields, such as nursing and social work, and thus, could benefit from more specialized, aging-specific courses...
September 20, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sanghamitra Pati, Anjali Sharma, Sandipana Pati, Sanjay Zodpey
India is currently undergoing rapid demographic transition along with dramatic upsurge in the number of elderly adults. Creating a cadre of specialized health care professionals in geriatric medicine is clearly vital to address the health care needs of this growing population. We undertook a mapping of the available academic programs in geriatric health in India and examined their content, duration, architecture and student intake. A total of 20 programs were identified in geriatric health thus highlighting a paucity of training options in this field...
September 20, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Rusudan Kilaberia, Edward Ratner
Gerontology education programs that combine elements of experiential service-learning, community participation, and residential immersion have been emerging in the United States and internationally. Combining fieldwork, interviews, and immersion methods, this study draws on qualitative ethnographic and phenomenologic design, whereby a student lived in senior housing for 3.5 years. The study is among the longest and most intensive gerontological field experiences ever reported. It is based on more than 2,000 hours of observations and conversational interviews with 14 residents...
September 16, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Veronique Boscart, Lynn McCleary, Kelsey Huson, Linda Sheiban, Kelsey Harvey
As the number of older adults increases, it is imperative that gerontological competencies are imbedded in health and social service education review of Canadian published and grey literature presents trends, barriers and enablers of sustained movement towards graduating professionals with gerontology competencies. Overall, gerontological education remains insufficient. Main barriers include resources for faculty and teaching. This review also identified discipline specific competency frameworks that could inform curriculum enhancement and education accreditations; however most educators were unaware of these...
September 16, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Tina M Kruger, Sarah Gilland, Jacquelyn B Frank, Bridget C Murphy, Courtney English, Jana Meade, Kaylee Morrow, Evan Rush
In May 2014, a short-term study-abroad experience was conducted in Finland through a course offered at Indiana State University (ISU). Students and faculty from ISU and Eastern Illinois University participated in the experience, which was created to facilitate a cross-cultural comparison of long-term-care settings in the United States and Finland. With its outstanding system of caring for the health and social needs of its aging populace, Finland is a logical model to examine when considering ways to improve the quality of life for older adults who require care in the United States ...
September 16, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Bradley E Karlin, David Young, Kim Dash
Nonpharmacological approaches for managing behavioral symptoms of dementia remain widely underutilized, due in part to near-universal training needs reported by dementia caregivers in recent research. This article examines the development, core components, and initial outcomes of an evidence-informed, competency-based training program in the prevention and management of behavioral symptoms of dementia among care managers and nurses within an aging services system. The Vital Outcomes Inspired by Caregiver Engagement (VOICE) Dementia Care Training Program was developed based on identification of state-of-the-art approaches to managing behaviors through expert review of the literature and structured needs assessment...
July 25, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Paul D Smith, Beth Martin, Betty Chewning, Stephanie Hafez, Erin Leege, Jill Renken, Rachel Smedley Ramos
BACKGROUND: With the growing older adult population, there will also be more informal caregivers assisting friends and family with their healthcare. With the increasing complexity of healthcare, improved caregiver communication skills have the potential to reduce caregiver burden, frustration and improve care recipient health. OBJECTIVE: The primary goal of this project was to develop and refine the content and teaching methods of a small group behavioral change program to improve communication between caregivers of older adults and healthcare professionals...
July 5, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
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