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The NAGE Quarterly Features bring to you a variety of information on aging that may be useful in your career and professional practice. This includes presentations, publications, short articles on leaders/role models in aging, HRSA funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs (GWEPs) educational products and tools for eldercare, and analyses of policies that influence the quality of healthcare and quality of life of older adults. Stories about diverse older adults whose lives are being touched by GWEPs, highlights of GWEP/community partnerships, and testimonials from professionals and students as members in geriatric and gerontology. Quarterly features are posted in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Plan to visit each quarter. The NAGE Web Development Committee (WDC) invites you to submit materials for consideration. Click here for questions or more information.
Feature: Fall, 2017
NAGE/NAGEC Members testify before Congress
Several of our members have are making their presence known at the Congressional level when it comes to funding or raising awareness regarding disaster planning for older Americans.
On September14, 2017 Janice Knebl, our colleague from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, testified before the Committee on Energy and Commerce on behalf of continued GWEP funding.
In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the Senate Aging Committee held a hearing on Wednesday, September 2017 to examine disaster planning for older Americans in order to examine policies and procedures for sheltering in place, evacuating, and relocating our most vulnerable citizens before disaster strikes, and to determine what else can be done to ensure the health, safety, and resilience of older Americans during and after disasters, such as hurricanes.
Former GSA SRRP Chair and current President of NAGE/NAGEC Kathryn Hyer, from the University of South Florida, presented testimony. You can watch the hearing on the Senate Special Committee on Aging website and the Special Committee on Aging Facebook page.
Feature: Fall, 2016
Project ECHO: An Innovative Teaching Tool – Wyoming Center on Aging
A revolution is occurring in the delivery of continuing education to health care professionals. Project ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) was created to address the shortage of physicians trained to treat Hepatitis C in New Mexico .This objective was accomplished by creating a virtual community of practice where practitioners can build expertise in managing a condition through regular consultation with a specialty team as well as a network of colleagues (http://echo.unm.edu/about-echo/). In weekly case consultations and didactic presentations, an interprofessional team co-manage complex patients among rural providers.Treatment response outcomes from the Hepatitis C ECHO were as successful for ECHO-trained providers as for those receiving care at an academic medical institution (Aurora et al., 2011). Currently, the model has been replicated for more than 45 conditions through 90 expert hub teams in 15 countries and counting. Project ECHO is based in New Mexico and created by Sanjeev Arora MD.
Feature: Spring, 2016
This article on the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program awards was written by Jennifer Mendez, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine and featured in the Winter 2016 AGHExchange on the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education website.
Feature: Spring, 2015
Alzheimer’s Disease Education for the Healthcare Workforce: Outcomes, Future Directions, & Collaboration Opportunities with GECs – Wyoming Geriatric Education Center
This institute was a preconference presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education in Nashville, TN. It featured presentations from 10 GEC representatives focusing on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) education programs. Education about ADRD has been a major initiative of HRSA-funded Geriatric Education Centers (GECs) nationwide since 2012 with funds allocated through the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) to enhance the knowledge of healthcare professionals about ADRD.
Feature: Winter, 2014
How a Generic Core Curriculum in Ethnogeriatrics was Created – Stanford Geriatric Education Center
This slide presentation outlines the development of the first generic comprehensive core curriculum in ethnogeriatrics. There are five modules including Introduction and Overview, Patterns of Health Risks, and 3 phases of Culturally Appropriate Geriatric Care – Fund of Knowledge, Assessment and and Health Care Interventions, Access and Utilization. While the authors highly recommend that all five modules be utilized in health profession training programs, each module is designed so it can be used independently. Faculty who use the modules are encouraged to adapt them to their needs and the population demographics in their area.
Feature: Summer, 2014
Assessing Pain in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment – West Virginia GEC PAIN-AD Training Video
Pain is the “fifth vital sign” for patients. Approach to assessment and treatment are essential to effective pain and symptom management. The West Virginia Geriatric Education Center in collaboration with the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care has used the PAIN-AD to assess and manage pain for cognitively impaired patients in hospitals with palliative care services. An educational program, which included information on pain, pain assessment tools, and competency testing using PAIN-AD was developed for practitioners who planned to use PAIN-AD. The Palliative Network in the state agreed to use it in all hospital based palliative services. Learning is spreading to outpatient palliative care and nursing homes. The one-hour PAIN-AD training video requires participants to complete a brief registration section then flows into training content including patient simulation scenarios. Continuing education is available for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback or for more information. Visit www.wvgec.org to learn more about the West Virginia Geriatric Education Center.
Feature: Spring, 2014
Feature: Winter, 2013
Wyoming GEC Hosts First Online ELNEC Training In collaboration with consortium partner Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, the Wyoming GEC will host the first online training featuring the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curriculum via a series of weekly webinars. Each Tuesday from 5:00PM – 6:30PM, beginning March 18th and continuing through May 6th, attendees will be able to learn about important topics to end-of-life care including pain and symptom management, ethical issues, cultural considerations, communication, grief and loss, and the final hours of life. The webinar series is designed for nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, case managers, counselors, therapists, chaplains, certified nursing assistants, and anyone who helps to support individuals at the end of life. For more information about this training opportunity visit the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center website: www.uwyo.edu/geriatrics
Feature: Fall, 2013
Presented at the Eighth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations, Oakland, CA, March 11-14, 2013.