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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
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
Skye N Leedahl, Melanie Sereny Brasher, Erica Estus, Bethany M Breck, Cory B Dennis, Samantha C Clark
Intergenerational service-learning in higher education positively affects older adults and students, but little is known about the effectiveness of interdisciplinary, reverse mentoring programs that use technology as the medium of bringing generations together. This study describes an intergenerational service-learning program that utilizes reverse mentoring within higher education, the "Engaging Generations Program," at a midsized public university in New England where students help older adults learn about technology, and students gain communication and teaching skills...
January 24, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Kelly Niles-Yokum
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January 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
David J Waters, Gerald C Hyner, Kenneth F Ferraro
In an age of specialization, obstacles to interdisciplinary training and integrated intellectual growth are expected. One such obstacle to graduate-level training in gerontology is the challenge of making the biology of aging accessible to nonbiologists. In this article, the authors' aim is to share 15 years of experience developing a pedagogical strategy that situates the biology of aging as an accessible part of interdisciplinary gerontology education for nonbiologists and biologists alike. The approach hinges on a four-pronged learning opportunity-four course offerings-that places high priority on exactitude with language and sees development of an attitude of precision with language as essential to intellectual growth...
October 19, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Mary E Camp, Haekyung Jeon-Slaughter, Anne E Johnson, John Z Sadler
Medical students' early clinical encounters may influence their perceptions of geriatrics. This study examines reflective essays written by 3(rd)-year medical students on required clinical rotations. Using content analysis, the authors analyzed the essays' thematic content. The authors then used chi-squared analysis to compare themes with geriatric patients (age 60+) to themes with other age groups. One hundred twenty out of 802 essays described a geriatric patient. The most common geriatric themes were (1) death and dying, (2) decision making, (3) meaningful physician-patient interactions, (4) quality of care, and (5) professional development...
October 13, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Kenneth M Manning, Darien L McNeill, Sandro O Pinheiro, Mitchell T Heflin, Willy M Valencia, Cathy C Lee, Steven C Castle, Leslie Katzel, Jamie Giffuni, Miriam C Morey
Formal educational training in physical activity promotion is relatively sparse throughout the medical education system. The authors describe an innovative clinical experience in physical activity directed at medical clinicians on a geriatrics rotation. The experience consists of a single 2 1/2 hour session, in which learners are partnered with geriatric patients engaged in a formal supervised exercise program. The learners are guided through an evidence-based exercise regimen tailored to functional status...
October 13, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Victor Molinari, John V Hobday, Rosalyn Roker, Mark E Kunik, Rosalie Kane, Merrie J Kaas, Chandra Mehrotra, Christine L Williams, Joyce C Robbins, Debra Dobbs
Certified nurse assistants (CNAs) spend the most staff time with nursing home residents, yet they receive little training in addressing the mental health needs of residents with serious mental illness (SMI). Forty CNAs from four long-term-care facilities took the online interactive CARES-(®) Serious Mental Illness(™) training consisting of two modules guided by the Recovery Movement philosophy of care. Responses from pre-post testing, Likert-type items, and open-ended questions indicated that CNAs gained information, changed their perspectives, and had more confidence in dealing with SMI...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Abraham Aizer Brody
Implementing evidence based practices into practice settings is exceedingly difficult. Knowledge translation is a framework used for moving practices from the literature into the real world. This article discusses how six articles in this special issue of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education use various knowledge translation approaches to implement evidence based practices in older adults with behavioral health issues including dementia, delirium and serious mental illness across a variety of settings, as well as lessons learned for future knowledge translation and implementation science studies...
October 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...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Elizabeth Lokon, Yue Li, Jyotsana Parajuli
This study explored the effects of participating in an intergenerational service learning program called Opening Mind through Arts (OMA) on college students' attitudes toward people with dementia. In this program, students were paired one-on-one with elders who have dementia to support the elders' creation of visual art projects. They met weekly for one semester. The Dementia Attitude Scale was administered at the beginning and end of the semester to measure changes in students' attitudes. The study included 156 students participating in OMA and assessed if their participation makes a difference in the degree of change in overall attitudes, knowledge, and comfort level toward people with dementia...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Marjolein H J van de Pol, Cornelia R M G Fluit, Joep Lagro, Yvonne Slaats, Marcel G M Olde Rikkert, Antoine L M Lagro-Janssen
This study has two aims: The first aim is to identify core competencies for shared decision making (SDM) with frail older persons, and the second is to determine key elements of a teaching framework, based on the authors' recently developed model for SDM with older patients who are frail. To this end the authors conducted a qualitative inquiry among health professionals (n = 53) and older patients who are frail (n = 16). Participants formulated core competencies and educational needs for SDM with older patients who are frail, which were further explored in the literature...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Belinda Goodenough, Richard Fleming, Michael Young, Kim Burns, Cindy Jones, Fallon Forbes
Providing information about the 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 behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia)...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Fernando M Torres-Gil
The fields of gerontology and geriatrics are facing unprecedented changes, pressures, and opportunities. The 21st century requires that we utilize contemporary approaches to modernizing these disciplines for new populations, new cohorts and new social, economic and political demands. This article draws on the authors professional, academic, and public policy experiences to suggest initiatives and paradigms that can set a road map to both change the last centuries' notions of longevity and social supports to one that accounts for technology, varied cohorts, a public/private sector divide, and the nexus of aging and diversity...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
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