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Gerontology & Geriatrics Education

Rachel Filinson, Marianne Raimondo
Rhode Island College has spearheaded state-wide age-friendly initiatives while simultaneously fostering three principles of Age-Friendly Universities on its campus. The principles consist of dialogue with advocacy organizations for older adults, enhanced student understanding of the impact of an aging society that includes its benefits, and promotion of gerontological research in higher education. The challenges encountered in grafting age-friendliness onto both "town" (the community) and "gown" (the campus) have been limited resources, small-scale endeavors, barriers to dissemination of information, and difficulties in mobilizing older adults to share governance...
February 16, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Stephanie Chesser, Michelle Porter
Situated within a Canadian context, but with implications for a broad range of institutional settings, this paper describes the events that preceded the adoption of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) framework at the University of Manitoba (U of M), as well as the specific strategies being employed within the university to assess and encourage age-friendliness. These include: a) the university's Centre on Aging and its mandate to foster interdisciplinary age-related research and community dialogue, b) the creation of an interdisciplinary AFU committee and several working groups, c) innovative research projects that have assessed university age-friendliness from a variety of stakeholder perspectives, and d) an interactive undergraduate course activity being used to educate students about AFU features...
February 14, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Marilyn R Gugliucci, Desmond O'Neill
This article elucidates opportunities for health professions education programs to make a mark in the Age Friendly University (AFU) initiative. Specifically, key approaches are introduced for health professions education programs based on the Age Friendly University Global Network initiative and the Academy for Gerontology/Geriatrics in Higher Education (AGHE) Program of Merit for Health Professions Programs. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that offer health professions education, have various options to establish and enhance student gerontology/geriatrics competence and confidence...
February 12, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Brenda Vrkljan, Amanda Whalen, Tara Kajaks, Shaarujaa Nadarajah, P J White, Laura Harrington, Parminder Raina
Intergenerational initiatives in post-secondary settings have demonstrated health and social benefits. However, there is a lack of detail with regard to the process by which such initiatives are conceptualized and the role of older and younger users in their development. Guided by the principles of an Age-Friendly University (AFU) alongside elements from a 'Design Thinking' approach, this project outlines the process undertaken to design a new intergenerational space to promote intergenerational connectivity...
February 6, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Jennifer Tehan Stanley, Lisa Branicky Morrison, Britney A Webster, Jennifer R Turner, Cassandra J Richards
As an Age-Friendly University (AFU), University of Akron is striving to support lifelong learning. A collaborative research effort developed between aging researchers at the university and a government-sponsored pilot program aimed to provide learning opportunities for older adults (OA) and engagement for individuals with developmental disabilities (IDD). The present study assessed the success of a pilot program to increase comfort with technology and community engagement. OA and IDD participants met twice a month for 9 months to discuss how to use technology (e...
February 1, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Pari Jafari, Tia Kostas, Stacie Levine, Michelle Martinchek, Daniel Johnson, Jeffrey Graupner, Katherine Thompson
BACKGROUND: The primary care workforce is under-prepared to care for the growing older adult population. Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) is a continuing education intervention that connects subspecialists and community health care providers (HCPs) via videoconferencing technology for didactic and case-discussion sessions. METHODS: We asked participants to complete 8 to 12 educational telementoring sessions. These sessions were conducted between February 2016 and October 2017...
February 1, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sharon Marr, Kristy McKibbon, Anisha Patel, Jane McKinnon Wilson, Loretta M Hillier
Many practicing health care providers find themselves ill-prepared to meet the complex care needs of older adults. The Geriatric Certificate Program (GCP) represents a collaborative partnership leveraging existing educational courses, with new courses developed to fill existing education gaps, aimed at improving quality of care for older adults. This paper describes the GCP and examines its impact on knowledge, skills, clinical practice, as well as confidence, comfort, and competence in providing geriatric care...
February 1, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Marie-Lee Yous, Jenny Ploeg, Sharon Kaasalainen, Lori Schindel Martin
INTRODUCTION: In acute care settings persons with dementia often use responsive behaviours such as yelling and hitting as a meaningful mode of communication. Staff dementia care education programs such as P.I.E.C.E.S. may help to address these gaps in care. P.I.E.C.E.S. is a holistic clinical assessment framework that focuses on Physical, Intellectual, and Emotional health, Capabilities of an individual, and the living Environment of a person and the Social being. AIMS: The aim of this interpretive descriptive study was to explore the perceptions of healthcare professionals of P...
February 1, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Jill Juris Naar
Intergenerational study abroad programs can provide opportunities for academic institutions to become more age-friendly. With a robust market of both older adult educational tourists and university study abroad students, there is an opportunity to integrate the age-segregated travel groups by collaborating to provide intergenerational study abroad. By diversifying the ages of study abroad participants, group experiences may lead to transformative learning related to self-awareness. This multi-disciplinary review examines literature from the gerontology, tourism, and education disciplines to determine specific approaches for achieving shared educational outcomes through intergenerational study abroad...
February 1, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Carrie Andreoletti, Andrea June
There is no single path to becoming an Age-Friendly University (AFU). This paper shares the story of one regional, public university that became the first in its state to join the AFU global network. We discuss how early efforts at coalition building both within and outside the university facilitated the campus-wide endorsement of the AFU principles. We highlight several partnerships and programs that reflect the AFU principles and discuss how becoming an AFU helped to further strengthen university ties and is now providing a valuable framework for continued collaboration and coalition building...
January 30, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Nina M Silverstein, Meghan Hendricksen, Lauren Marshall Bowen, Andrea J Fonte Weaver, Susan Krauss Whitbourne
The University of Massachusetts Boston endorsed the Age Friendly University (AFU) principles in 2017, becoming the second campus in the Commonwealth to join the AFU movement. In order to demonstrate what it means to become an AFU, a research team worked to audit the University's level of age-friendliness. A workgroup of 12 volunteers from across campus departments and constituencies was convened in 2018 to operationalize the 10 principles with the goal of designing an audit tool and then piloting the tool. Nineteen key informants were interviewed representing a wide range of campus life including administration, career counseling, advising, communications, student life, campus services, distance education, and health and wellness services...
January 29, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
R Jack Hansen, Craig A Talmage, Steven P Thaxton, Richard C Knopf
The age-friendliness of universities and colleges is a growing area of research and practice. This study focuses on lifelong learning institutes at universities and colleges who provide courses and experiences for older adults but do not award academic or work-related credentials. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) network in the U.S. is used as an exemplary case of institutes that aim to increase the age-friendliness of their supporting institutions, whilst also aiming for greater diversity among their learners...
January 26, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Margaret A Perkinson
Representing one model of global aging education, international gerontological fieldwork placements provide opportunities to gain firsthand knowledge of the impact of cultural contexts both on the experience of aging and the provision of eldercare. The gerontology component of the NAPA (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology)-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala fostered intercultural competence through student engagement in eldercare research and service provision in a residential care facility for older Guatemalans...
January 7, 2019: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Matthew K McNabney, Theodore T Suh, Verna Sellers, David Wilner
Geriatric medicine fellowship programs provide comprehensive training to one-year clinical fellows and must demonstrate successful progression of competence among fellows by reporting on 23 milestones to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a model of care located throughout the United States and can serve as a training venue for fellows. We surveyed 113 fellowship program directors with a response rate of 42% (n = 48)...
December 18, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Alessandro Ferrari Jacinto, Adam Lee Gordon, Rajvinder Samra, Ana Beatriz Steiner, Vania Ferreira de Sá Mayoral, Vanessa de Albuquerque Citero
BACKGROUND: Dementia training for Brazilian general practitioners (GPs) is underdeveloped. We investigated knowledge and attitudes to dementia management among Brazilian GPs and compared these with previous UK findings to inform future decisions about how training is structured. METHODS: A total of 115 Brazilian GPs were asked to complete a Portuguese translation of a questionnaire previously used in the UK. This comprised a 14-item multiple-choice knowledge quiz, and a 5-point Likert-scale questionnaire assessing attitudes across 10 dementia management domains...
December 15, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Megumi Inoue, Cortney Hughes Rinker, Rebecca Vargas-Jackson
This study presents a training that was developed for staff members at Medicare/Medicaid agencies to improve their knowledge and comfort levels in working on advance care planning (ACP) with their clients in a culturally competent manner. The training was developed to address the need to clarify the different types and purposes of ACP and to help develop the skills needed to work with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds. The evaluation of findings from the training showed the positive impacts that it had on participants; in particular, they exhibited demonstrated improvement in their knowledge of and comfort levels with ACP...
December 8, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Aida Wen, Lorrie Wong, Carolyn Ma, Robin Arndt, Alan R Katz, Karol Richardson, Melodee Deutsch, Kamal Masaki
Interprofessional collaboration is an essential skill to optimize the care of older adults with complex problems. We successfully developed and evaluated an interprofessional teamwork simulation exercise for medical, nursing, pharmacy, and social work students. Pharmacy students participated via video conferencing. Before the simulation, students watched a teamwork video and reviewed the patient case. Following an icebreaker exercise, interdisciplinary faculty facilitated a discussion highlighting effective teamwork strategies...
December 4, 2018: 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
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