Medicine, pharmacy and nursing trainees' perceptions of curriculum preparation to deprescribe and interprofessional roles in the deprescribing process.
Authors: Zimmerman KM, Bell CA, Donohoe KL, Salgado TM Abstract With increasing rates of polypharmacy among older adults, preparedness of current and future health care professionals to identify and deprescribe potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) is critical. Medicine (n = 28), pharmacy (n = 35) and nursing (n = 11) trainees enrolled in an interprofessional course completed a survey assessing preparedness, confidence and attitudes toward deprescribing, and perception of interprofessional roles in the process. Pharmacy (p = .001) and nursing (p = .007) felt that their...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - September 8, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Beliefs regarding geriatrics primary care topics among medical students and internal medicine residents.
This study evaluated beliefs regarding 25 content areas essential to the primary care of older adults and attitudes toward aging held by first-yearmedical students and Internal Medicine residents. A survey of 136 medical students and 61 Internal Medicine residents was conducted at an academic health-center. Beliefs were assessed by the 25-item Geriatrics Clinician-Educator Survey. Gap scores reflecting the difference in ratings between self-rated importance and knowledge were calculated. Attitudes toward aging was assessed by the Images of Aging Scale. Students and residents expressed similar beliefs about the importance o...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - September 4, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Competency-based training for in-home supportive services providers of consumers with ADRD.
Authors: Guerrero LR, Eldridge C, Tan ZS Abstract The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program in California provides direct care for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Yet, the vast majority of these workers receive little to no training in caring for consumers, especially those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD). We developed and implemented a competency-based training program for IHSS caregivers who provide care for persons with ADRD. The 10-week, 35-hour program consisted of training modules with topics ranging from roles and rights of the care recipient to assisting with pers...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - August 29, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Making a difference: Students' experiences with a dementia care program.
Authors: Frausing KP, Stamp AS Abstract As the number of elderly citizens in general and the number of persons with dementia in particular rises, the importance of educating geriatric health care professionals increases. Recruitment is, however, impaired by negative stereotypes and insecurity. Previous research has shown that contact with the field of dementia care is important for students' motivation for choosing this career path. This paper presents an extracurricular psychomotor intervention program in which students through eight visits to elderly persons with dementia carry out an intervention involving direc...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - August 25, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

College students' and community members' attitudes toward dementia: The impact of dementia friends sessions.
Authors: Cowan TL Abstract Background: Negative attitudes toward dementia can delay care and diagnosis, increase social isolation, and limit recognition of the positive attributes of people living with dementia. The purpose of this project was to explore whether Dementia Friends sessions affected attitudes toward people living with dementia. Dementia Friends is a program which includes basic information about dementia that was developed by the Alzheimer's Society in the United Kingdom and is now offered in the United States. Participants: For this study, 101 adults ages 18 years and older were recruited from l...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - August 22, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

What about aging? Perspectives from high school teachers and students on integrating aging into the high school curriculum.
Authors: Davis TEK, Sokan AE Abstract Most educational programs on aging target college students in disciplines which might provide services or work with older adults, such as medicine or social work, to the exclusion of students in high school. The purpose of this study is to better understand high school students and teacher's attitudes and perceptions regarding aging. Focus groups were conducted to collect data for this study. A total of 35 teachers and 55 students participated in the study. Findings indicate that attitudes about aging are both positive and negative, however, there is a consensus among both teac...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - August 11, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Gerontology competencies: Construction, consensus and contribution.
This article describes the background, thought development, guiding framework and consensus process for its construction. A modified Delphi method utilizing seven review rounds within three developmental cycles, with gerontology educators from 30 institutions, achieved input and consensus. The comprehensive framework has ten major domains, employs three categories each including multiple selective competencies. Six Category I competencies are essential orientations to gerontology. Four Category II competencies are "interactional" processes of knowing and doing across the field. Category III provides eight selecti...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - August 9, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

A mastery learning approach to education about fall risk and gait assessment.
The objective of this study was to establish a curriculum for fall risk and gait assessment for medical students, determine an MPS for a fall risk and gait assessment clinical skills examination (CSE), and apply the MPS to a sample of medical students completing a fall risk and gait assessment CSE. Medical students completed an interactive session about fall risk and gait assessment including the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test and completed deliberate practice with 3 patients. Skills were evaluated using an 18-item skills checklist. A panel of clinical experts set the MPS at 82%. Eighty-seven medical students participated. The...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - August 6, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

The impact of international videoconferencing among older adults and secondary students.
This study explores young adults' emotional affect and attitudes towards ageing, as well as older adults' emotional affect and self-esteem following participation in the intergenerational videoconferencing programme Smile Connect (SC). The sample consisted of 94 participants (46 older Spanish adults living in a care home in Spain and 48 young Italian adults -secondary students- learning Spanish at school in Italy). Each age group was divided into an intervention and control group. SC consists of twelve 30-minute chat sessions conducted via Skype between the target groups over six weeks. Pre and post evaluations were made t...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - August 6, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

The use of motivational interviewing during an interdisciplinary service-learning activity for older adults at risk for dementia.
This study aimed to develop a service-learning program based on motivational interviewing for older adults living alone and at risk for dementia. This paper focused on description and implementation of the developed program and students' preliminary outcomes as a mixed-methods pilot study. Participants were nine students in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and social work and three older adults matched to each of the three interdisciplinary student groups. Students' attitudes about community service improved. Also, participation in the program was regarded as a new useful experience that helped in realizing the impo...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - July 26, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Shared learning environments for unregulated care provider education in long-term care: Innovative approaches and key considerations.
Authors: Boscart V, d'Avernas J, van der Horst ML, Garbutt K, Sheiban Taucar L, Raasok M Abstract Long-term care (LTC) or nursing homes often experience difficulty recruiting passionate, competent and confident graduates to add to their teams. Few graduates are well-prepared for working in LTC environments and they do not often stay long. In an effort to strengthen the LTC workforce, we established a collaboration with a LTC and retirement living organization and a community college to develop a Living Classroom. In this novel approach, college students attend an accredited LTC home for all learning. The purpose of...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - July 20, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

CROSS-cultural perspectives on gerontology in nursing education - a qualitative study of nurse educators' experiences.
Conclusions: Pedagogical strategies need to be developed by nurse educators specialized in cross-cultural gerontology to improve current and future nursing educations in both countries. PMID: 31319778 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education)
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - July 20, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Service-learning through conference-based, interdisciplinary workshops on age-friendly design.
We describe the process of incorporating service-learning into the conference experience through age-friendly design workshops and how these bring together students, faculty, and design professionals from different backgrounds and disciplines to address local age-friendly design issues. PMID: 31311490 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education)
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - July 19, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Exploring college students' attitudes toward older adults: A description of methods used by the gerontological literacy network.
This article provides an overview of the protocols and suggestions for future efforts related to gerontophobia and ageism. PMID: 31269878 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education)
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - July 6, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Views on aging among undergraduates, faculty, and staff: Domain-specific measurement invariance and comparisons.
Authors: Ko HJ, MaloneBeach EE, Miller AH Abstract Views on aging have been shown to reliably predict various psychological and physical health outcomes. To our knowledge, this is the first study exploring domain-specific views on aging using a university sample including students, faculty, and staff (N = 646). Specifically, we assessed how one's age stereotypes (AS), current self-views on aging (CS), and future self-views on aging (FS) vary among students, faculty, and staff by age and by eight everyday functioning domains using an existing domain-specific scale. In general, the older one becomes, the mo...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - June 15, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Capacity assessment training in geropsychology: Creating and evaluating an outpatient capacity clinic to fill a training gap.
We present a needs assessment, program characteristics, pilot clinic process (n= 52 referrals) and outcome training (n= 4 interns) data for a capacity training clinic. Process data reveal that the training clinic provided consistent referrals (1 per week) across multiple capacity domains (independent living, treatment consent, and financial capacities), with 27% of referrals providing opportunities for training in protective services. Outcome data found three of the four interns reported proficient skills in capacity assessment, as well as improved skills in six areas related to capacity assessment: knowledge of limitation...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - June 9, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

The development and piloting of a goals of care conversation education program for an advanced illness population.
Authors: Friedman MI, Attivissimo LA, Kiszko KB, Rimar A, Yezzo PM, Torroella Carney M Abstract Ten thousand Americans turn 65 daily. With age, individuals are confronted by complex medical modalities which can be difficult to understand and potentially burdensome. Historically, clinicians lacked the education, skill, and comfort level to identify the need for and address the patient's goals of care (GoC). Inter-professional content experts convened to develop a comprehensive program to educate and increase the comfort level of clinicians when having GoC conversations. The goal was to provide structured guidance to...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - June 5, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Improving nursing students' perspective taking, perceptions of humanness, and attitudes toward older adults.
Authors: Miron AM, Schmidt BJ, Schlueter A, Patterson M, O'Connell S Abstract Whereas prior work has examined the role of nursing courses in improving empathic skills and reducing dehumanization of older adults, little research has explored how perspective taking and perceptions of humanness of older adults acquired through nursing curricula predict attitudes toward this age group. Nursing students (N = 43) completed surveys at the beginning (Time 1) and end of gerontological coursework (Time 2). Perspective taking and perceived human nature and human uniqueness of older adults increased from Time 1 to Time 2. Perc...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - May 28, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Enhancing older adult access to lifelong learning institutes through technology-based instruction: A brief report.
Authors: Hansen RJ, Talmage CA, Thaxton SP, Knopf RC Abstract The number of lifelong learning institutes serving older adults in the U.S. has increased in the last few decades. To date, these institutes have functioned primarily in traditional, in-person classroom, and seminar formats; however, technology-enhanced methods may help provide greater access to high-quality lifelong learning experiences. This research note reports the results of a cross-institutional survey of Osher Lifelong Learning Network participants. The survey participants' high levels of computer utilization and experience with modern distance ed...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - May 24, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Creating intergenerational learning opportunities in multigenerational college classrooms: Faculty perceptions and experiences.
This study explored the role of faculty in fostering intergenerational learning. Specifically, it 1) describes how faculty perceive the engagement between older auditors and traditional students within a multigenerational classroom, 2) looks at the role faculty play in fostering engagement between the generations, 3) determines whether or not intergenerational learning is taking place, and 4) identifies areas of need in order to facilitate intergenerational learning. Using an online survey we collected data from 14 of the 15 faculty who participated in an older adult auditing program at a state college. Data analysis revea...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - May 10, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

A Collaborative educational intervention to improve pre-clinical medical student confidence with Advance Care Planning (ACP).
CONCLUSIONS: Future studies should investigate longitudinal, experiential ACP learning, and seek to optimize ACP teaching strategies and timing. PMID: 31056041 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education)
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - May 7, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Reasons geriatrics fellows choose geriatrics as a career, and implications for workforce recruitment.
CONCLUSION: The results of this study have the potential for a large impact, helping to inform best practices in encouraging trainees to enter the field, and enhancing medical student and resident exposure to geriatrics. PMID: 30999816 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education)
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - April 21, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Service-learning with older adults in care communities: Measures of attitude shifts in undergraduate students.
CONCLUSIONS: Service-learning is an evidence-based pedagogy associated with positive attitude shifts for undergraduate students. PMID: 30924720 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education)
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - March 31, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Introduction to the Special Issue-Age-Friendly Universities (AFU): Principles, practices, and opportunities.
Authors: Montepare JM PMID: 30916638 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education)
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - March 28, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Becoming an Age-Friendly University (AFU): Integrating a retirement community on campus.
Authors: Montepare JM, Farah KS, Doyle A, Dixon J Abstract As populations age at record rates, institutions must ready themselves to be more age-friendly. Institutions with an affiliated university-based retirement community (UBRC) are particularly poised to adopt the Age-Friendly University (AFU) campus concept. The partnership of Lasell College and Lasell Village is used to illustrate how AFU principles can be implemented to extend older adults' access to various educational opportunities. Specially-designed efforts such as the Talk of Ages program provide intergenerational exchange to facilitate the reciprocal s...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - March 8, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Development and evolution of a two-day intensive resident experience in geriatric medicine.
Authors: Ford CR, Loyd C, Rothrock AG, Johnson Ii TM, Allman RM, Brown CJ Abstract As the older adult population increases, the need to enhance medical education and training in Geriatric Medicine (GM) is essential. To enhance resident training, faculty at two southeastern universities developed a Resident Award Summit, a two-day active learning experience, designed to expose family and internal medicine residents to GM principles and the various career options available in GM. Over 10 years, 353 residents from 108 residency programs participated. Resident feedback indicated that attending the event had a posi...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - March 8, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Pursuing Age-Friendly University principles at a major university: lessons in grassroots organizing.
Authors: Luz C, Baldwin R Abstract Population aging presents challenges and opportunities that Michigan State University (MSU) is now taking on in a strategic way, but it has been a long road to reach a major milestone of establishing a program called AgeAlive. AgeAlive builds on fifty years of advocacy for coordinated aging-related programming and a more current grassroots effort that has led to a commitment to building an aging network connecting research, education, and outreach efforts based on Age-Friendly University principles. This case study describes AgeAlive's path from inception to a recognized program w...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - March 5, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Becoming and being an age-friendly university: Strategic considerations and practical implications.
Authors: Clark PG, Leedahl SN Abstract Becoming and being an Age-Friendly University (AFU) require developing a strategic plan for enlisting support across campus for the AFU principles and embarking on an ongoing process for continuing to promote them as an academic community. Throughout this process, the use of a conceptual framework for change in academic settings can be helpful. The University of Rhode Island (URI) recently became an AFU after a campus-wide process of identifying activities that already supported AFU principles and enlisting key sources of support for embracing them. In particular, an emerging ...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 24, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Promoting age-friendliness: one college's "town and gown" approach to fostering community-based and campus-wide initiatives for inclusiveness.
Promoting age-friendliness: one college's "town and gown" approach to fostering community-based and campus-wide initiatives for inclusiveness. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2019 Feb 16;:1-15 Authors: Filinson R, Raimondo M Abstract 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 res...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 19, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Charting a future for Canada's first Age-Friendly University (AFU).
Authors: Chesser S, Porter M Abstract 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,...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 15, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Health professions education: advancing geriatrics and gerontology competencies through Age- Friendly University (AFU) Principles.
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. However, two options are germane to...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 14, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Creating an intergenerational university hub: engaging older and younger users in the shaping of space and place.
Authors: Vrkljan B, Whalen A, Kajaks T, Nadarajah S, White PJ, Harrington L, Raina P Abstract 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. An online stu...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 8, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Exploring intergenerational study abroad to promote age-friendly universities.
Authors: Naar JJ Abstract 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 t...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 4, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Healthcare professionals' perceptions of P.I.E.C.E.S. education in supporting care delivery for older adults with responsive behaviours of dementia in acute care.
CONCLUSIONS: Findings indicate the need for educational reinforcements and sustainability strategies for dementia care programs in acute care settings. Organizations should implement regular interdisciplinary meetings to provide opportunities for staff to apply P.I.E.C.E.S. PMID: 30704367 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education)
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 4, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

The geriatric certificate program: collaborative partnerships for building capacity for a competent workforce.
Authors: Marr S, McKibbon K, Patel A, McKinnon Wilson J, Hillier LM Abstract 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. Upon program completion, al...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 4, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

ECHO-Chicago Geriatrics: using telementoring to "geriatricize" the primary care workforce.
ECHO-Chicago Geriatrics: using telementoring to "geriatricize" the primary care workforce. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2019 Feb 01;:1-9 Authors: Jafari P, Kostas T, Levine S, Martinchek M, Johnson D, Graupner J, Thompson K Abstract 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 partici...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 4, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

An Age-Friendly University (AFU) Assists with Technology Learning and Social Engagement among Older Adults and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
Authors: Stanley JT, Morrison LB, Webster BA, Turner JR, Richards CJ Abstract 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 dis...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 4, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Coalition building to create an Age-Friendly University (AFU).
Authors: Andreoletti C, June A Abstract 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...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - February 1, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Barriers to age-friendly universities: lessons from osher lifelong learning institute demographics and perceptions.
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. This study draws upon literature regarding OLLIs and Age-Friendly Universities (AFUs) and national demographic surveys of OLLI student members in 2014 and 2016 (n=  5,500). The study highlig...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - January 30, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Developing an Age-Friendly University audit: a pilot study.
Authors: Silverstein NM, Hendricksen M, Bowen LM, Fonte Weaver AJ, Whitbourne SK Abstract 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 informa...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - January 30, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

International fieldwork in the age of global aging: fostering intercultural competence through student research and service provision in a residential care facility for older Guatemalans.
Authors: Perkinson MA Abstract 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. Field trips to additional medical and gerontologica...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - January 9, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Aligning geriatric medicine fellowships with the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
Authors: McNabney MK, Suh TT, Sellers V, Wilner D Abstract 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). The purpose of the survey was to assess:...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - December 20, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Comparing knowledge and attitudes to dementia care in Brazilian and UK GPs to guide future decisions about educational interventions.
CONCLUSIONS: Greater knowledge about dementia was associated with some pessimism about dementia care. The similarity in the structure of attitudes toward dementia management between Brazilian and UK GPs provides a starting point for shared educational approaches targeting attitudes. PMID: 30554557 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education)
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - December 19, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Advance care planning in medicare/medicaid-funded agencies: providing a training in cultural competence.
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 wit...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - December 13, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

An interprofessional team simulation exercise about a complex geriatric patient.
Authors: Wen A, Wong L, Ma C, Arndt R, Katz AR, Richardson K, Deutsch M, Masaki K Abstract 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 strategie...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - December 6, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Palliative care for case managers: building capacity to extend community-based palliative care to underserved older adults.
This article presents a process and outcome evaluation of a palliative care curriculum that was developed and piloted for geriatric case managers in a large urban area. We describe the background, planning, design, implementation, and preliminary outcomes associated with a pilot implementation of the curriculum. We conclude with implications for replicating efforts to enhance frontline providers' knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in extending palliative care to communities that lack access to critical supports for their burdensome symptoms. PMID: 30442079 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Gerontology and ...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - November 19, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Correction.
Authors: PMID: 30431411 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education)
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - November 17, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

An interprofessional education approach to fall prevention: preparing members of the interprofessional healthcare team to implement STEADI into practice.
Authors: Taylor D, McCaffrey R, Reinoso H, Mathis MW, Dickerson L, Hamrick J, Madden SL, Heard HH, Perlow E, Klein CM Abstract 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 fac...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - October 17, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Interprofessional education at the meso level: taking the next step in IPE.
Authors: Morano C, Damiani G Abstract 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. ...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - October 17, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research

Allophilia: Increasing college students' "liking" of older adults with dementia through arts-based intergenerational experiences.
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. After one semester, results showed that OMA participation is significantly p...
Source: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education - September 11, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Gerontol Geriatr Educ Source Type: research