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Anne P Glass
Social isolation has serious negative public health impacts for older adults. Survey data were collected at three resident-managed elder intentional neighborhoods in the U.S. (n = 59), to determine if these neighborhoods, each based on the cohousing model, promote development of social resources for their residents. Social resources were measured on three dimensions: social networks, neighborly support, and satisfaction with the neighborhood community. Respondents were white, mean age of 73.3 (range = 63-91), primarily female (76...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
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 community-dwelling older adults, 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 community dwelling older adults and nursing students as an alternative to traditional clinical placements in long-term care settings...
October 17, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Marcela Mejia, Scott M Hyman, Samantha Behbahani, Kristen Farrell-Turner
OBJECTIVES: To explore how psychology trainee death concerns and ageist behavior relate to their willingness and desire to work with older adults. METHOD: Trainees (N = 104; 80.8% women) completed the Death Thought-Accessibility Measure, Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE), Death Anxiety Scale-Extended (DASE), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and rated their willingness and desire to work with older adults and their willingness to obtain training on how to work with older adults...
October 12, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Yosuke Inoue, Andrew Stickley, Aki Yazawa, Kokoro Shirai, Airi Amemiya, Naoki Kondo, Katsunori Kondo, Toshiyuki Ojima, Masamichi Hanazato, Norimichi Suzuki, Takeo Fujiwara
Previous studies have found an association between neighborhood characteristics (i.e., aspects of the physical and social environment) and the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and elevated CVD risk. This study investigated the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and CVD risk among older people in Japan where research on this association is scarce. Data came from the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study project; questionnaire data collected from 3,810 people aged 65 years or older living in 20 primary school districts in Aichi prefecture, Japan, was linked to a computed composite CVD risk score based on biomarker data (i...
2016: PloS One
Meredith Greene, Amy C Justice, Kenneth E Covinsky
: As the number of older adults living with HIV continues to increase, understanding how to incorporate geriatric assessments within HIV care will be critical. Assessment of geriatric syndromes and physical function can be useful tools for HIV clinicians and researchers to help identify the most vulnerable older adults and to better understand the aging process in PLWH. This review focuses on the assessment of falls, frailty and physical function, first in the general population of older adults and includes a specific focus on use of these assessments in older adults living with HIV...
October 7, 2016: Virulence
Heather Douglas, Andrew Georgiou, Johanna Westbrook
Objectives Social participation has generated a wealth of research in gerontology, but the concept suffers from a lack of conceptual clarity that renders it difficult to define and measure. This means that research on social participation is difficult to compare directly. The aim of the present study was to draw the literature on social participation in older adults together to inform health services researchers seeking to investigate social participation as an indicator of successful aging.Methods A narrative review of studies investigating the association between social participation and health in adults aged 65 years and older was conducted...
October 7, 2016: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Tanya E Davison, Marita P McCabe, Michael Bird, David Mellor, Sarah MacPherson, David Hallford, Melissa Seedy, Daniel W O'Connor
The current study aimed to profile behaviors associated with dementia that pose management difficulties for staff and determine whether existing rating scales capture these reported behaviors. Staff in 17 nursing homes described the behavioral symptoms of 229 residents with predominantly moderate-severe dementia associated with management difficulties. Behaviors were categorized by an expert clinical panel and compared to items in four dementia behavior rating scales. Staff reported 59 discrete behavioral symptoms, with physically agitated, aggressive verbal, non-aggressive verbal, and aggressive physical behaviors most common, followed by resistance to care and inappropriate social and sexual behaviors...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Kim J Curyto, Sue M McCurry, Katherine Luci, Bradley E Karlin, Linda Teri, Michele J Karel
HOW TO OBTAIN CONTACT HOURS BY READING THIS ARTICLE INSTRUCTIONS XX contact hours will be awarded by Villanova University College of Nursing upon successful completion of this activity. A contact hour is a unit of measurement that denotes 60 minutes of an organized learning activity. This is a learner-based activity. Villanova University College of Nursing does not require submission of your answers to the quiz. A contact hour certificate will be awarded once you register, pay the registration fee, and complete the evaluation form online at http://goo...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Sarah Mello, Kieran A O'Connor
In recent years, 1,200 long-term care facility (LTCF) beds have been closed in Ireland, resulting in residents being transferred between facilities. The current study examined morbidity and mortality in residents relocated between LTCFs. The outcomes were studied for residents who transferred between LTCFs compared to residents who did not move (i.e., controls). A retrospective analysis was performed recording demographic data and markers of function and frailty. As a measure of morbidity, new antidepressant medication prescriptions and antibiotic drug use were examined...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Chia-Ling Yang, Chun-Ming Lee, Lee-Ing Tsao
The purpose of the current study was to use grounded theory to explore the experiences of caring for pets from the perspective of Taiwanese community-dwelling older adults. Twelve participants ages 65 to 73 were interviewed. Data were analyzed using the constant comparative method of qualitative analysis. Pets as an integral part of the family unit and beyond was the core category. The pet becomes part of my family was identified as the antecedent condition; this process undertakes action and interaction among the categories of the pet is part of my daily life, the pet provides positive life energy, and the pet is a sweet companion...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Ousseynou Kâ, Awa Gaye, Mamadou Makhtar Mbacké Leye, Ndeye Fatou Ngom, Anta Tal Dia, Saïd Nourou Diop, Ahmédou Moustapha Sow
Senegal will not be spared by the process of the aging of its population. In fact, according to surveys, the demographic increase in the population of the old people, which is 3.5% higher than the national average (2.5%). But for the time being, gerontology problems are not arising in terms of demographic weight, but rather in terms of the breaking up of solidarity networks, uncontrolled urbanization and poverty. As far as health is concerned, the old people generally are faced with the same problems as their Northern counterparts; they are exposed to chronic diseases that demand their taking in charge in a long period of time...
September 29, 2016: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
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A study on priorities for the professional development of registered nurses (RNs) in nursing homes published in Age and Ageing ( page 6 ) has identified that staff shortages, lack of access to NHS courses and lack of paid study time are the main reasons why RNs do not access continuing professional development (CPD) activities. Specialist gerontological education for care home nurses was, however, seen as a means to ensure that care home nursing attracts the best people.
September 29, 2016: Nursing Older People
Francesc Formiga, Nicolas Martinez-Velilla, Juan J Baztán, Jose Antonio López-Trigo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 24, 2016: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
Kimiko Tomioka, Norio Kurumatani, Hiroshi Hosoi
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether social participation (SP) in older adults is associated with ability to perform instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Two local municipalities of Nara, Japan. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 to 96 (n = 2,774 male, n = 3,586 female) free of IADL disability at baseline. MEASUREMENTS: SP and IADLs were assessed using self-administered questionnaires...
September 27, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Tamami Koyama, Hiroshi Shamoto, Hideaki Anzai, Yutaka Koganei, Keisuke Maeda, Hidetaka Wakabayashi
HOW TO OBTAIN CONTACT HOURS BY READING THIS ARTICLE INSTRUCTIONS 1.3 contact hours will be awarded by Villanova University College of Nursing upon successful completion of this activity. A contact hour is a unit of measurement that denotes 60 minutes of an organized learning activity. This is a learner-based activity. Villanova University College of Nursing does not require submission of your answers to the quiz. A contact hour certificate will be awarded once you register, pay the registration fee, and complete the evaluation form online at http://goo...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Catherine E Cooke, Michael J Kaiser, Monique A Sheppard, Nicole J Brandt
Today, more than one half of older adults use the internet to obtain health-related information, and there is growing interest from governmental agencies in providing information online. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides guidance to Part D prescription drug plan sponsors about information to include on their websites. The current article examines compliance with the 2014 CMS guidance for Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program information on Part D plan sponsors' websites. There were 59...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Laure Bouchon, Christine Lagourdette, Maryse Pedra, Marie-Christine Chassaigne, Bruno Vellas, Caroline Berbon
Preventing frailty in elderly people to delay their dependency is one of the main missions of the Gérontopôle, a centre of expertise for gerontology, in Toulouse. The proposed actions are simple to put in place and the nurses are autonomous in carrying out assessments. Nursing expertise has also been developed within the centre.
September 2016: Soins. Gérontologie
Fernando M Torres-Gil
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 20, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Mary E McCall, Ulrika Börjesson
This article examines the similarities and differences in the education and training of gerontologists and others who work with older people in Sweden and the United States. It outlines the aging trends in both countries and assesses the level of training for those who provide care in a variety of fields. Both countries are aging, however the programs for gerontological training are quite different in the two countries, reflecting underlying cultural values. Sweden's education is generally more oriented towards the integration of some aging education in more disciplinary fields, such as nursing and social work, and thus, could benefit from more specialized, aging-specific courses...
September 20, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Thecla Damianakis, Kimberley Wilson, Elsa Marziali
OBJECTIVES: Caregiving for people with neurodegenerative disease (e.g. Alzheimer's disease (AD); frontotemporal dementia (FTD)) is provided primarily by the family care system. Caregiving is taxing and much of the caregiving research is guided by a stress/adaptation theoretical perspective. Within this theoretical model, the role of spirituality in rendering meaning to the caregiver role remains unexplored. We conducted a qualitative analysis of expressions of spirituality and its meaningfulness during the caregiving journey within the context of an online video conferencing support group intervention program...
September 20, 2016: Aging & Mental Health
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