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Gerontology & Geriatrics Education

Dilip V Jeste, Julie Avanzino, Colin A Depp, Maja Gawronska, Xin Tu, Daniel D Sewell, Steven F Huege
Strategies to build a larger workforce of physicians dedicated to research on aging are needed. One method to address this shortage of physician scientists in geriatrics is short-term training in aging research for early-stage medical students. The authors examined the effects of two summer research training programs, funded by the National Institutes of Health, on medical students' attitudes toward aging, using the Carolina Opinions on Care of Older Adults (COCOA). The programs combined mentored research, didactics, and some clinical exposure...
June 14, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Mark Brennan-Ing, Liz Seidel, Pam Ansell, Barrie L Raik, Debra Greenberg, Catherine Nicastri, Jennifer Breznay, Stephen E Karpiak, Ronald D Adelman
Adults remain sexually active well into later life, but few report discussing sexual health with a physician after the age of 50. We explored how geriatrics education might better address sexual health in the context of a psychosocial conference for geriatrics fellows, program directors, and faculty comprised of an informational plenary, which included a skills-building presentation on taking sexual histories, and a program director/faculty roundtable. While informed about older adult sexual health, knowledge scores of geriatrics fellows increased following the plenary...
June 14, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Abraham Aizer Brody
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 9, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Carol L Jenkins, Abby J Schwartz
Between 2008 and 2016, students in an Introduction to Gerontology course were required to complete a dynamic case study project simulating caregiving arrangement decision making. Students were divided into groups representing typical multigenerational families and were required to determine how to develop caregiving arrangements to respond to an older family member' s changing levels of need. The assignment concluded with students writing a final paper summarizing what they learned. This study examined the themes emerging from student group case study papers to gain an understanding of the challenges students face in understanding the dynamics of making family-based caregiving decisions...
April 17, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Catherine Liu, Sarah Balcom, Steven Carrigan, Morgan Malloy, Violet Mammba
Health professions students need to have increasing exposure to interprofessional and international experience in developing the knowledge and skills needed to work with older adults. As students, the authors explore in this article the significant elements of our learning that took place in a blended Gerontology Across the Professions and the Atlantic course for participants from the United States, Canada, and Norway. These factors focus on the following aspects of this course: (1) weekly online topic discussions and learning experiences, (2) group case studies and presentations, (3) international perspectives, (4) interprofessional perspectives, and (5) the final course seminar in Bergen...
April 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Phillip G Clark, Lori E Weeks, Graziella van Den Bergh, Shelley Doucet
The need for interprofessional teamwork and the global challenges for health care systems of dramatically increasing numbers of older adults have received increased recognition in gerontological and geriatrics education. The authors report on the pilot development of a hybrid course on aging and health for graduate-level health professions students from Norway, Canada, and the United States. International faculty from partnering universities developed, taught, and evaluated the course. Course assignments included online forum postings, reflections, and a problem-based learning group assignment and presentation...
April 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Glenise McKenzie, Kathie Lasater, Gary E Delander, Margaret B Neal, Megan Morgove, Elizabeth Eckstrom
The gap between the complex health care needs of older adults and the availability of geriatrics-trained health care professionals is widening. Interprofessional education offers an opportunity to engage multiple professions in interactive learning and clinically relevant problem solving to achieve high-quality patient-centered care. This article describes a project that engaged an interprofessional teaching team to support interprofessional practice teams to reduce falls in older adults via implementation of evidence-based practice guidelines...
April 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Martin Lavallière, Lisa D'Ambrosio, Angelina Gennis, Arielle Burstein, Kathryn M Godfrey, Hilde Waerstad, Rozanne M Puleo, Andreas Lauenroth, Joseph F Coughlin
The "Age Suit" described in this article was developed to enable future designers, business leaders, and engineers to experience navigating the world as many older adults must. Tools such as this Age Suit offer the opportunity to "walk a mile" in another's shoes to develop empathy that can result in better design of spaces, goods, and services to meet the needs of a rapidly growing older population. This work first examined, through a series of clinical tests, whether younger adults' physical capacities were reduced in a direction consistent with aging by wearing a suit developed by the MIT AgeLab...
April 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Liz Seidel, Stephen E Karpiak, Mark Brennan-Ing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that in 2015, one half of all people living with HIV in the United States will be older than age 50. Older adults remain sexually active, and 16% of all new HIV diagnoses occur in adults age 50 and older. However, older adults rarely see themselves at risk for HIV/AIDS, and physicians are frequently reluctant to discuss sex. To address the issue of aging and HIV, ACRIA created its National Older Adults with HIV (NOAH) technical assistance and capacity-building program...
April 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Jennifer Blackwood, Christina Sweet
INTRODUCTION: Increased exposure to geriatrics throughout a student's professional education has been reported to improve the desire to work in this area; however, factors that influence the perception of geriatric physical therapy may prohibit students from actively seeking those experiences. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of geriatric physical therapy by first-year graduate physical therapy students. DESIGN: A qualitative case study research approach was performed...
April 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Barbra Teater, Jill M Chonody
Ageism is fueled by stereotypes and negative attitudes about aging and older adults, which can lead to individual-level prejudice and discrimination. Through survey methodology, this study explored stereotypes and ageist beliefs of youth transitioning from middle childhood into adolescence (age 11-13 years) (N = 69) in the southwest of England. The results indicate that positive more than negative stereotypes were acknowledged, and more positive stereotyping was positively correlated with more positive attitudes toward older adults...
April 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Rosa Darling, Merdiye Sendir, Serdar Atav, Funda Buyukyilmaz
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March 29, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Inge Øster, Karen Pallesgaard Munk, Jette Henriksen
There is a continuous increase in demand for health services in most countries because people who are older are living longer. Health care for people who are older is not, generally, an attractive career option for undergraduate health professionals. This study investigated career dreams among undergraduates studying a variety of health care subjects to understand what motivates them. Eighteen focus groups were conducted with 90 students, and template analysis was performed within a sociological framework. Four themes emerged from the analysis: no plans to work with people who are older, dreaming of making a difference, seeking variety, and the impact of clinical placements on stimulating or reducing interest in working with people who are older...
March 28, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Brian Kaskie, Dawn Carr, Heidi Ewen
More than 300 individuals have earned doctoral degrees in gerontology since 1993, yet little is known about their training, professional placement, and contributions to the field. Given this lack of information, the authors sought to define the emerging mass of doctoral gerontologists. In this study, the authors analyzed results from the 2014 Gerontology Education Longitudinal Study survey sample of 84 individuals who earned a doctoral degree in gerontology between 1993 and 2013. Results revealed doctoral gerontologists completed training requirements that were consistent across eight programs offering doctorates in gerontology...
March 28, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Takashi Yamashita, Sarah J Hahn, Jennifer M Kinney, Leonard W Poon
Gerontological educators are increasingly interested in reducing college students' negative, and promoting their positive, attitudes toward older adults. Over the course of a semester, students from six 4-year institutions viewed three life story videos (documentaries) of older adults and completed pre- and posttest surveys that assessed their positive (Allophilia Scale) and negative (Fraboni Scale of Ageism) attitudes. The authors assessed changes in attitudinal scales between treatment (with videos, n = 80) and control (no video, n = 40) groups...
March 28, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Zvi D Gellis, Eunhae Grace Kim
Professional social workers are the largest provider of mental health services in the nation, yet they receive little coursework or clinical training in late-life depression unless they are in a gerontology specialization. Simulation training offers academic experiences that evoke conditions of the real world in a practical way. One hundred and four graduate social work students consented and completed the Standardized Patient Simulation course consisting of a human simulator interview, pre- and postdebriefing on late life depression, and self and faculty ratings of outcome measures...
March 28, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Lorraine Mercer
The internationalization of universities and the aging of the global population are two current issues that converge and challenge undergraduate gerontology curriculum development in Canada. One response to this challenge is to envision an intercultural gerontology curriculum. What might this curriculum encompass? How might it be taught? An exploratory study was undertaken to address these two questions. This paper presents findings from this study based primarily on interviews with university-based stakeholders from Canada, the United States, and Europe...
March 28, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Elyse D'nn Lovell, Janna R Marjamaa, Natasha Gomez Shortnacy, Kara M Cevera, Anna J Rainville, Chelsi J Baker, Suzanne I Nalivka, Alison S Mendoza, Shayna D Lamping, Michelle Davis, Jessica R Thompson
The purpose of this study was to measure first and second year students' engagement as a result of a qualitative inquiry and field experiences with elders residing in an independent and assisted living retirement community. Undergraduate student-research and field experiences are often introduced toward the completion of undergraduate students' academics. The findings suggest discovery and further consideration to implement undergraduate research and field experiences at the beginning of students' academic experiences in gerontology...
January 27, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Beverly Lunsford, Laurie Posey
The dramatic growth of persons over 65 and the increased incidence of multiple, chronic illness has resulted in the need for more comprehensive healthcare. Geriatrics and palliative care are medical specialties pertinent to elderly, yet neither completely addresses the needs of older adults with chronic illness. Interprofessional faculty developed Geriatric Education Using a Palliative Care Framework (GEPaC) to teach an integrated approach to care. Interactive online modules use a variety of instructional methods, including case-based interactive questions, audio-visual presentations, reflective questions, and scenario-based tests...
January 27, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Jennifer Moye, Victor A Molinari, Michele J Karel, Aanand D Naik, Erin Sakai, Brian D Carpenter
Geriatric educators face the challenge of attracting more clinicians, scientists, and educators into geriatrics and gerontology, and promoting involvement in gerontological societies. A survey of psychologists (N = 100) examined factors that attract students in clinical/counseling psychology to practice with older adults, as well as experiences in organizational service. For 58%, interest in aging began at the undergraduate level, but for others interest developed later. About half cited academic exposure such as mentorship (51%), research (47%), or coursework (45%) as sparking interest, along with family (68%) or work experience (61%)...
January 27, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
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