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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 non-biologists. In this paper, our 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 non-biologists and biologists alike. Our 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
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...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sharon Lawn, Tania Westwood, Sarah Jordans, Julianne O'Connor
An expanding aging population has placed increased demands on health care resources in many countries. Enhancing community aged care support workers' role to support greater client self-management and reablement is therefore timely. This article presents perceptions of the impact of an Australian practice change initiative designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and confidence of support workers to support behavior change in clients with complex health care needs. A comprehensive training program was delivered in 2013...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sharon Lawn, Tania Westwood, Sarah Jordans, Sara Zabeen, Julianne O'Connor
Enhancing support workers' (SW) role is timely given increasing demands on human and financial health care resources. This article presents outcomes of a program, delivered to 140 participants from five community aged care providers in Australia, designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and confidence of community aged care SWs, building their practical skills in understanding, recognizing, and responding to complexity. Evaluation training modules on communication, complexity, behavior change, and chronic condition self-management support involved pre/post surveys with SWs and their supervisors...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Feliciano Villar, Montserrat Celdrán, Josep Fabà, Rodrigo Serrat
The purpose of the article is to ascertain if staff members of residential aged care facilities (RACF) perceive the need for training regarding residents' sexuality, and what, if any, benefits from the training were perceived, and to compare perceived benefits of training between care assistants and professional/managerial staff. Interviews were conducted with 53 staff members of five different RACF in Spain. Their responses to two semistructured questions were transcribed verbatim and submitted to content analysis...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Nancy L Schoenborn, Danelle Cayea, Matthew McNabney, Anushree Ray, Cynthia Boyd
This study aimed to assess how internal medicine residents incorporated prognosis to inform clinical decisions and communicated prognosis in primary care visits with older patients with multimorbidity after an educational intervention, and resident and patient perspectives regarding these visits. Assessment used mixed-methods. The authors assessed the frequency and content of prognosis discussions through residents' self-report and qualitative content analysis of audio-recorded clinic visits. The authors assessed the residents' perceived effect of incorporating prognosis on patient care and patient relationship through a resident survey...
October 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Hardeep K Obhi, Jennifer A Margrett, Yan Su, Sarah L Francis, Young-A Lee, Denise A Crawford, Warren D Franke
A knowledgeable workforce is key to meeting the demands of an aging population that is expected to nearly triple by 2030 and attitudes influence propensity to seek aging-related careers. Post-secondary education offers an opportunity to increase aging-related knowledge and facilitates intergenerational experiential-learning opportunities; however, research is lacking regarding attitudes towards aging and experiences among an academically diverse sample. To address this gap, the aims of this study were to: (1) examine differences in students' attitudes toward older adults by academic college; (2) assess differences in aging-related coursework and course experiences by academic college; and (3) explore key factors associated with students' attitudes toward older adults...
September 21, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Jan S Jukema, Mieke Veerman, Jacqueline Van Alphen, Geraldine Visser, Carolien Smits, Tineke Kingma
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September 21, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Linda Pang, Reena Karani, Sara M Bradley
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September 21, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Lisa Borrero, Kathryn Berlin, Tina M Kruger
As the number of individuals 65 and older increases, so does the need for those prepared to work with this population. Doctoral-level preparation in the field of gerontology creates a uniquely-prepared contingent who advocate, conduct research, instruct future generations, and serve the older adult population directly. Women are especially likely to pursue gerontology doctoral degrees, yet little is understood about the unique challenges and opportunities they face. The purpose of this reflection was to examine the experiences of three women who pursued doctoral-level gerontology education and faculty positions at different life stages to explore their challenges and opportunities through their educational process and early career experiences...
September 11, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Linda Lee, Loretta M Hillier, W Wayne Weston
This study explores the value of a Booster Day education initiative for clinicians working in interprofessional Primary Care Collaborative Memory Clinics (PCCMC) to share updates in dementia care, challenging cases, key lessons learned, and best practices, as a mechanism to foster learning and support the PCCMC Community of Practice (CoP). Between 2010 and 2016, 17 annual Booster Days were delivered to health professionals who completed the PCCMC training program. All participants were invited to complete an evaluation survey in which they identified the ways in which the sessions have been helpful; 89% (1361/1530) completed surveys...
September 5, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
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