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Gerontology & Geriatrics Education

Daniel S Gardner, Meredith Doherty, Angela Ghesquiere, Carolina Villanueva, Cara Kenien, Jean Callahan, M Cary Reid
Palliative care has demonstrated effectiveness in alleviating the biological, emotional, social, and spiritual symptoms that accompany serious illness, and improving quality of life for seriously ill individuals and their family members. Despite increasing availability, there are significant disparities in access to and utilization of palliative care, particularly among diverse, low-income, and community-dwelling older adults with chronic illness. Training frontline service providers is a novel approach to expanding access to palliative care among underserved elders...
November 15, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Carmen Morano, Gianfranco Damiani
The downstream demand for professionals with competence in Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) has contributed to the substantial growth in the upstream demand for interprofessional education (IPE). The majority of IPE programs focuses exclusively on direct care practitioners and seldom include those responsible for the administration and management of care. Unfortunately, complex reimbursement mechanisms along with the multiple agencies and departments regulating the delivery, evaluation, and reimbursement of care can result in unintended barriers to IPC and eventually IPE...
October 15, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
David Taylor, Ruth McCaffrey, Humberto Reinoso, Mary W Mathis, Lisa Dickerson, Johnathan Hamrick, Suzie L Madden, Henry H Heard, Ellen Perlow, Christine M Klein
An aging population benefits from healthcare providers trained in the care of older adults. Interprofessional education (IPE) and service-learning activities focused on geriatric conditions like falls may address this need. A fall prevention IPE activity using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) initiative was implemented to prepare health sciences students to manage older adult falls. Students (N = 31) and faculty (N = 10) from five health sciences programs and local older adults (N = 27) participated...
October 15, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Elizabeth Lokon, Yue Li, Suzanne Kunkel
This study evaluates whether an arts-based intergenerational experience, Opening Minds through Art (OMA), increases positive attitudes or allophilia ("liking for the other"-in this case, older adults with dementia) in students who joined the OMA program as compared with the control group. Pre- and posttests of the Allophilia Scale were used to compare 216 students who participated in OMA and 499 students who did not. Hierarchical regression was used to investigate the association between OMA participation and students' Allophilia scores...
September 10, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Zvi D Gellis, Eunhae Kim, Diane Hadley, Lora Packel, Cathy Poon, Mary Ann Forciea, Christine Bradway, Joel Streim, John Seman, Tara Hayden, Jerry Johnson
An interprofessional education (IPE) simulation-based geriatric palliative care training was developed to educate health professions students in team communication. In health care, interprofessional communication is critical to team collaboration and patient and family caregiver outcomes. Studies suggest that acquiring skills to work on health care teams and communicate with team members should occur during the early stage of professional education. The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC®) competency-based framework was used to inform the training...
August 30, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
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October 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Paul D Smith, Beth Martin, Betty Chewning, Stephanie Hafez, Erin Leege, Jill Renken, Rachel Smedley Ramos
With the growing older adult population, there will also be more informal caregivers assisting friends and family with their health care. With the increasing complexity of health care, improved caregiver communication skills have the potential to reduce caregiver burden and frustration and improve care recipient health. 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 health care professionals...
October 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
David W Steitz, Yen T Tan, Aldi D Priyanto
Intergenerational teaching using a multigenerational course design is certainly not a new pedagogical technique. However, the longitudinal assessment and redesign of three gerontology courses described here can offer educators and professionals insights into reflection as a requirement not only within the course but also about the course itself. Since 2009, the Gerontology Program at Nazareth College has collaborated with the St. John's Senior Living Communities to offer college-level courses comprising both Nazareth students and elder residents...
August 20, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sarah L Canham, Atiya Mahmood
Using mechanisms of active learning, we developed a Persona project for our undergraduate Introduction to Gerontology course. We conceive of Personas as fictional characters that are created through the amalgamation of physical, social, and psychological traits and have unique lived experiences. This article details the development of this innovative pedagogical tool and describes how Personas are used as part of an experiential learning assignment over the course of a semester. Student-generated Personas act to contextualize the broad course material, ranging from physical and mental health to environments and financial well-being in later life...
August 20, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sarah D Holmes, Everett Smith, Barbara Resnick, Nicole J Brandt, Reba Cornman, Kelly Doran, Daniel Z Mansour
Interprofessional education (IPE) is critical for ensuring that students are prepared to collaborate with team members across disciplines once they enter clinical practice; particularly, in the complex care of the geriatric population. This qualitative study explored the experiences of interdisciplinary students in a clinical based IPE experience at a senior housing residence. Reflective journals were examined from students (n = 23) in nursing, social work, pharmacy, and medicine participating in an IPE program...
July 30, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Kara Dassel, Jacqueline Eaton, Katarina Felsted
The recent adoption of gerontology competencies for undergraduate and graduate education emphasize a need for competency-based education. The purpose of this manuscript is to describe the approach one program took to mapping and aligning courses to the newly adopted Association for Gerontology in Higher Education's (AGHE) competencies in an effort to clarify curriculum needs for a diverse student population, increase the measurability of objectives, and apply for Program of Merit status through AGHE. Assessment of current courses led to mapping objectives to competencies, identifying missing content, and revising courses to reduce knowledge gaps...
July 20, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Megan E Young, Lindsay B Demers, Victoria Parker, Hollis Day, Serena Chao
Internal medicine residency programs consider effectively discharging patients from the hospital an important training milestone. However, it is rare for residents to have the opportunity to follow discharged patients into the community and see discharge plans in action. This curriculum provided residents with the opportunity to evaluate patients in their homes after they were discharged from the hospital to assess the alignment of the discharge plan with patients' real-life circumstances. Thirty-nine internal medicine residents participated in a structured exercise during a posthospital discharge home visit to older patients they cared for during the hospital admission...
July 18, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Jean Neils-Strunjas, K Jason Crandall, Jo Shackelford, Kathryn Dispennette, Lauren Rene Stevens, Allison Glascock
The aim of this study was to assess undergraduate students' perceptions of older adults over the semester in an interprofessional service-learning course that implemented a health promotion program called Bingocize® at community facilities for older adults. Students were surveyed at the beginning of the semester, at midterm, and at the conclusion of the course. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected to assess the students' perceptions and experiences. Results suggest that a course on aging that includes interprofessional service-learning in geriatric settings is associated with a significant increase in positive perceptions of the older adult population...
July 12, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
J W Terri Huh, Rachel Rodriguez, Christine E Gould, Sarah R Brunskill, Luis Melendez, B Josea Kramer
There is an alarming supply and demand gap for geropsychology expertise within the United States. Health policy experts called for increasing geriatric mental health competencies for all mental health providers, including within Veterans Health Administration (VHA), to address this problematic gap. The VHA Geriatrics Scholar Program (GSP) Psychology Track was developed because there were no commercially available trainings in geropsychology for licensed psychologists. Developing the GSP Psychology Track was based on an evidence-based educational model for the VHA primary care workforce; and included a stepwise curriculum design, pilot implementation, and program evaluation...
July 10, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Kathryn Hyer
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July 10, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Elizabeth J Bergman
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July 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Maria Mendoza De La Garza, Christina Tieu, Darrell Schroeder, Kathleen Lowe, Ericka Tung
Medical schools throughout the country struggle with how best to train students to provide quality, patient-centered care to the burgeoning population of older adults. The Senior Sages Program (SSP) is a longitudinal Senior Mentor Program (SMP) that offers students the opportunity to learn about the aging process and core geriatric medicine concepts through the eyes of an aging expert: their Senior Sage. The SSP marries a robust electronic curriculum with an SMP and online discussion board. The aim of this program evaluation was to measure the impact on students' geriatric knowledge and attitudes toward older adults...
July 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...
July 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Rosa Darling, Merdiye Sendir, Serdar Atav, Funda Buyukyilmaz
At times when populations are aging and nursing services for elders are needed, gerontology as a nursing specialty is not a highly sought career choice. The purposes of this study were to assess the overall attitudes of nursing students at a Turkish university toward the elderly and to identify the effects of demographic and social factors on attitudes. Using a non-experimental design, the Turkish version of the Kogan's Attitudes towards Old People (KAOP) Scale was given to undergraduate nursing students. Significant findings demonstrated that the older the student, the worse the attitude and that students willing to work with elders had significantly better total KAOP and better positive item scores than those not willing to work with elders...
July 2018: 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...
July 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
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