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Gerontology & Geriatrics Education

Phillip G Clark
Gerontology, geriatrics, and mentoring have a lot in common. The prototype of this role was Mentor, an older adult in Homer's The Odyssey, who was enlisted to look after Odysseus' son, Telemachus, while his father was away fighting the Trojan War. Portrayed as an older man, the name "mentor" literally means "a man who thinks," which is not a bad characterization generally for faculty members in gerontology! In particular, gerontological and geriatrics education can teach us a lot about the importance of mentoring and provide some critical insights into this role: (1) the importance of interprofessional leadership and modeling, (2) the application of the concept of "grand-generativity" to mentoring, (3) "it takes a community" to be effective in mentoring others, and (4) the need to tailor mentorship styles to the person and the situation...
May 15, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Xue Bai, Yiqin He, Florian Kohlbacher
This research investigates the facilitators and barriers for older people to adopt e-learning services using qualitative data of older people in a Chinese city. A qualitative approach was applied to explore the perceived facilitators and obstacles toward e-learning adoption with 10 older Chinese aged over 50. The results indicate the following: (1a) Age-related changes and cohort effects were found to be the internal barriers for the adoption of e-learning. (1b) Equipment problems, lack of time, and the availability of alternatives were found to have negative effects on the acceptance of e-learning services...
May 14, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sandra Shi, Jonathan Lio, Hongmei Dong, Ivy Jiang, Brian Cooper, Renslow Sherer
Despite widespread reforms in medical education across China, nationally there has been no mandate or movement toward systemically incorporating geriatrics into curricula. To what degree medical students are trained and have exposure to geriatric topics remains unclear. We surveyed 190 medical students during their final year of medical school at a Chinese medical university, graduating from reformed and also traditional curricula. The survey was comprised of a subjective assessment of attitudes and reported knowledge, as well as an objective assessment of knowledge via a multiple choice test...
May 8, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Yuya Hagiwara, Juan Pagan-Ferrer, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly
Current standard geriatric curricula and exposure of students to the elderly may be insufficient to influence students' interest in geriatric medicine. We developed an innovative curriculum to address this gap. This study aimed to identify knowledge, skill, and attitude changes of first-year students in an accelerated baccalaureate-MD program toward geriatrics after participation in an early-exposure geriatrics curriculum (GC). The GC consisted of fifteen 3-hr interactive teaching sessions facilitated by various health professionals...
April 23, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Jeannie Lee, Hannah Cioltan, Patty Goldsmith, Beverly Heasley, Marlene Dermody, Mindy Fain, Jane Mohler
As the U.S. population ages and lives longer, we need to assure that future providers are prepared to work in highly functioning interprofessional teams to deliver person-centered care for older adults with complex chronic conditions. Assisted living facilities are ideal venues in which to train interprofessional health sciences students in providing such care. After monthly clinics involving interprofessional students (from the colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and school of social work) providing team-based care to older adults, students' post-clinic evaluations indicated perceived improvements in knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about aging and care of older adults...
April 13, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Kate M Lally, Constance M Ducharme, Rachel L Roach, Caitlin Towey, Rachel Filinson, Ana Tuya Fulton
There is a well-described need to increase the competence of the primary care workforce in the principles of geriatrics and palliative care, and as value-based payment models proliferate, there is increased incentive for the acquisition of these skills. Through a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant, we developed an adaptable curriculum around commonly encountered topics in palliative care and geriatrics that can be delivered to multidisciplinary clinicians in primary care settings. All participants in this training were part of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and were motivated to improve to care for complex older adults...
April 9, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Margaret M Manoogian, Melissa L Cannon
As our global older adult populations are increasing, university programs are well-positioned to produce an effective, gerontology-trained workforce (Morgan, 2012; Silverstein & Fitzgerald, 2017). A gerontology curriculum comprehensively can offer students an aligned career development track that encourages them to: (a) learn more about themselves as a foundation for negotiating career paths; (b) develop and refine career skills; (c) participate in experiential learning experiences; and (d) complete competency-focused opportunities...
April 2, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Andrea June, Carrie Andreoletti
Most research on intergenerational service-learning has focused on the benefits for college students, with fewer studies examining the benefits to older adults. The present study was designed to assess the impact on older adults of participating in Working Together: Intergenerational Student/Senior Exchange, a brief intergenerational service-learning program that brings together college students and older adults as equal partners to promote intergenerational understanding and communication. Older adults from an assisted living community met up to six times with students enrolled in aging-related courses to discuss a variety of topics and get to know one another...
April 2, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Angela Nancy Mendoza, Christine A Fruhauf, Pamela Bishop
One way to increase student learning about older adults and aging family issues is to engage in community-based field experiences. Results from pre- and post-surveys with 29 Bachelors of Social Work students enrolled in a year-long practicum course to assess their change in the level of contact, comfort, and attitudes with older adults and grandfamilies (i.e., grandparents/kin and the children in their home) are discussed. Students who met with grandfamilies (n = 9) were compared to students who met with older adults in a nursing home (n = 6) and students who met with children from an afterschool program or child treatment facility (n = 9)...
March 29, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Judith L Howe, Joan D Penrod, Eve Gottesman, Andrew Bean, B Josea Kramer
The Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training Program (RITT) is a team-based educational component of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health Geriatric Scholars Program. It is a workforce development program to enhance the geriatrics knowledge and skills of VA primary care clinicians and staff caring for older veterans in rural communities. The RITT workshop, accredited for 6.5 hours, is interactive and multi-modal with didactic mini-lectures, interactive case discussions and role play demonstrations of assessments...
March 27, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sarah J Hahn, Jennifer M Kinney, Jennifer Heston
Service-learning is a widely used pedagogical practice that integrates community involvement and civic engagement into the classroom. Benefits of service-learning in gerontology include an increased sense of personal growth, greater knowledge of aging, and enhanced interest in aging-related careers. However, relatively little research has specifically explored the challenges associated with intergenerational service-learning. A focus group documented the experiences of 19 students who were required to participate in at least 20 hours of intergenerational service-learning for an introductory gerontology course...
March 13, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Julie L Masters, Paige M Toller, Nancy J Kelley, Lyn M Holley
Death is among the most avoided topics of conversation. Although end-of-life planning may greatly benefit individuals and their survivors, research and practice indicate that family, friends, and even health care providers resist discussing end-of-life plans. Consequences of not planning ahead have created a public health issue. This article describes a community-level intervention that facilitates those necessary conversations among elders who have at least begun to talk with others about their wishes. A free, three-part educational workshop series on end-of-life planning titled "Begin with the End in Mind" was developed at a midwestern university...
March 12, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Judith L Howe
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April 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Thomas V Caprio
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April 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Perpetua Lum Tanyi, André Pelser
The rapid increase in the global elderly population has been widely documented in both demographic and popular literature in recent decades. Population estimates produced by the national statistical service of South Africa in 2017 show that the proportion of elderly (60 years and older) in South Africa is growing fast, reaching 8.1% of the total population in 2017. The country is set to experience a doubling of the population over the age of 65 by the year 2020. Similar to their counterparts in the developed world, tertiary institutions throughout Africa too are faced with the challenge of training professionals capable of understanding and responding to the socioeconomic consequences, social priorities, and complex needs of an increasing aging population...
February 7, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Peri Rosenfeld, Gary Kwok, Kimberly Glassman
The national Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program and the geriatric resource nurse (GRN) model promote training a geriatric nursing workforce to serve in hospitals and elsewhere. Literature exists on the NICHE program but this is the first to study the opinions, attitudes, and perceptions of GRNs in practice. Our organization's hybrid GRN model, first adopted in 1999, combines materials from national NICHE program with homegrown resources and has GRNs practicing in a wide range of clinical specialties...
February 7, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Beverly O'Connell, Lorna Guse, Loreley Greenslade
Bachelor of Nursing students (BN) placed in long-term care encounter residents who exhibit challenging behaviors. Students are often inadequately prepared to manage these behaviors, and this is a source of distress for students. This study explored whether enhancing and restructuring theoretical and clinical courses resulted in student nurses feeling better prepared to manage residents' challenging behaviors and improve their levels of distress. This study was conducted in two phases with 116 BN students (first phase) and 99 students (second phase) where the course on older adults was restructured...
January 30, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Hsiao-Mei Hu
As a result of the phenomenon of a rapidly aging population and low birth rates, Taiwanese universities face a shortage of traditionally aged students and as a result must respond to older learners' needs. In response to this demand, the Ministry of Education issued the Lifelong Learning Act in 2002 and White Paper for implementing education for older persons in an aging society in 2006. Universities now face unprecedented challenges as they play a leading role in facilitating these programs. The purpose of this article is to explore the challenges Taiwanese universities face in educating an aging society and to provide some suggestions...
January 29, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Jessica M Finlay, Heather Davila, Mary O Whipple, Ellen M McCreedy, Eric Jutkowitz, Anne Jensen, Rosalie A Kane
Traditional university learning modalities of lectures and examinations do not prepare students fully for the evolving and complex world of gerontology and geriatrics. Students involved in more active, self-directed learning can develop a wider breadth of knowledge and perform better on practical examinations. This article describes the Evidence in Aging (EIA) study as a model of active learning with the aim of preparing students to be effective interdisciplinary researchers, educators, and leaders in aging...
January 24, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Julie Miller, Carley Ward, Chaiwoo Lee, Lisa D'Ambrosio, Joseph Coughlin
This article explores innovative applications of sharing economy services that have the potential to support a population aging in place, especially the "oldest old," aged 85 and older, and their caregivers. A mixed-methods study conducted by the MIT AgeLab examined perceptions of and experiences with sharing economy services, ultimately finding opportunities and barriers to use. Thus, although sharing economy services have potential to support aging in place, to do so successfully will require reconstructing how older adults, family caregivers, aging service professionals, gerontology educators, and gerontology students conceptualize and deliver care to an aging population...
January 24, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
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