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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
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
Justine McGovern
Building on a student-led digital storytelling project, the author suggests that expanding definitions of two core constructs of social work education and practice, experiential learning and cultural competence, can improve outcomes for diverse older clients by increasing competence in multicultural gerontology practice. Using a variety of media, digital storytelling focuses on stories that are not often heard, like those of diverse older adults. Student-led projects provide opportunities for students to engage with experiential learning, a high-impact pedagogy...
June 29, 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
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 1st- and 2nd-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...
July 2018: 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 one half cited academic exposure such as mentorship (51%), research (47%), or coursework (45%) as sparking interest, along with family (68%) or work experience (61%)...
July 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Joann M Montepare, Kimberly S Farah
Age-friendly college campuses offer opportunities for lifelong learning for students of all ages. University-based retirement communities are especially well aligned with this goal by allowing residents to enroll in college courses. Although this arrangement is a standard educational option for college-linked communities, it can have challenges. In particular, the semester-long schedule may be inconvenient for many older students. The Talk of Ages intergenerational module program described in this case study was designed to offer an alternative curricular format to bring older and younger students together for 1 to 2 weeks in focused course activities...
July 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Amanda Olson, Stephanie Reiland, Susan Davies, Amy Reitmaier Koehler
Preparing nursing students to work effectively with older adults is an important element of undergraduate nursing education. Reflective journals written as course assignments represent a source of data about students' learning. The aim of this study was to analyze nursing students' reflective journals based on conversations with older adults who are community dwelling, to identify learning in relation to experiences of living with a chronic condition. This was one element of a wider study to evaluate learning partnerships between older adults who are community dwelling and nursing students as an alternative to traditional clinical placements in long-term care settings...
July 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
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