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Older Adult Focus

This is an excellent resource full of useful information and tools: Use the subject index to find resources on a specific topic, such as driving, polypharmacy, or dementia. Use the teaching tool index to find videos, audio clinical stories, puzzles, evidence-based assessment tools, and other materials ready for you to use in teaching and learning. Nine competencies have been developed to assist and structure your learning. Three of them focus on individual older adults, three on older adults and caregiver issues, the last three focus on older adults and system issues.

Suggestions for use: Nursing faculty can access the multiple learning activities that include assessment tools, audio clinical stories, case studies, fact sheets, handouts, and power point presentations on a wide variety of topics in gerontology. Students can complete various competencies; for instance, increasing an awareness of attitudes, values, and expectations about aging and their impact on care of older adults and their families. These excellent and thorough competencies can be used as self-paced, independent learning activities.


Oregon Geriatric Education Center

The Oregon Geriatric Education Center (OGEC) serves the state of Oregon. The mission of the OGEC is to improve the care of older adults through the interdisciplinary education and training of health care providers    A membership library located at Portland State University. The library maintains a collection of 1,500 resources, including books, videos, DVDs, games and other instructional materials related to geriatrics and gerontology. Members can access educational materials by searching the on-line catalog or by stopping by the Center. Materials can be picked up in person or mailed directly to members at no additional cost.

Suggestions for use: Faculty and students can use this site for accessing educational materials, video link on maintaining balance by Tai Chi to decrease falls, and downloading the Geriatric Assessment Card Set and pdf file on tips for managing delirium.


Parkinson's Disease Foundation: Online Parkinson's Nursing Course

Nurses can complete the course at one sitting, or can finish each module separately. The course will be available online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until June 1, 2011. This was still available on 10/3/2011.

Suggestions for use: Nursing Educators: Show the online course to your students and ask them to complete the online tests at home. From the site:"If you are teaching a nursing class, we would be pleased if you would share this resource with your students. You can do this by broadcasting the course in class, one talk at a time, when it is convenient to your teaching schedule. If your students want to test themselves and get educational credit, they would then need to sign up themselves and take the four, short online tests to get their own certificate."


PHI Training

PHI offers both home- and facility-based providers training and organizational development services to manage change and create dynamic relationship-centered organizations that better serve elders, people with disabilities, and their families. Adult Abuse & Neglect Prevention Training: Twelve modules, each 60 minutes long, focus on developing skills to prevent abuse and neglect, as well as other communications and relational skills [includes detailed modules with fun activities such as "behavior bingo" with detailed descriptions of how to use curricula.

Suggestion for use: Resource for students to view best practices in long-term care (LTC) & a variety of community based settings. Portions of the curricula could be used regarding falls prevention or Abuse & Neglect Prevention. Courses: Health promotion, chronic & community-based nursing.


Pioneer Network: Changing the Culture of Aging

A collection of culture change tools, resources, & information for providers, consumers, educators, & policy makers. This is a comprehensive site that explains culture change, why it is important, and how to accomplish it. There are tools for consumers, providers, and policy makers. Includes a section on the definition of culture change, patronizing speech or "elderspeak", and how words affect culture and attitudes.

Suggestions for use: Have students observe interactions of staff or students with elders after reading module and identify "elderspeak" issues. Have them practice and give feedback to each other.Have students use the "readiness for culture change assessment" as part of an environmental assessment of a long term care or residential care agency.


Portal of Geriatric Online Education

POGOe is a repository with some original content organized into: Content Library, Product Library, Video Library, Geriatric Competencies, and Forums. ReCAP (Repository of electronic Critically Appraised Papers) is a valuable resource for the latest evidence-based articles. The "Product Library" makes searching for geriatric Educational Materials easy. They are listed by title and resource type.There are many useful resources on this site.

Some videos reviewed by faculty that may be especially useful are listed on this site:

Suggestions for use: Many of the videos could be used to enhance case studies or "virtual" client assessments for acute care, chronic care, and community based courses. Portions of videos could be used in class to spark discussions or as preparation for clinical.


Quality Measures: Nursing Home Quality Initiatives

Nursing home quality initiatives including downloadable documents in pdf format. Also links to MDS 3.0 information.

Suggestions for use: Have students research quality measures for nursing homes. Do "mock review" of one measure. Use for health promotion, population, leadership, integrative practicum. Excellent resource for learning how nursing homes are evaluated by Medicare for safety and quality issues.


Resources for Teaching Gerontologic Nursing

This website (product of the Northwest Coalition for Geriatric Nursing Education) is designed to provide a variety of teaching resources for nursing faculty who want to include content on older adults in their curricula.    Rich website for instructors that deserves a full investigation by anyone who teaches geriatric nursing or wants to teach gerontology. Many links to resources & activities for students. Topics include: environmental assessment, functional assessment, falls prevention, global aging, medications, sensory changes, transitions to different health care settings.

Suggestions for use: Many activities & resources for students with thorough descriptions for suggested use on website.


Retirees and Those Near Retirement Have Different Views of Golden Years

Results of a poll from NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health regarding retirement from the view points of pre-retirees and retirees. Results show that pre-retires may underestimate health, financial challenges of retirement.    The poll covers the following areas: 1) The retirement experience of retirees and the expectations of pre-retirees; 2) Perspectives on the timing of retirement; 3) Steps taken to stay healthy in retirement; 4) Views on the role of Medicare and Medicaid in retirement; 5) Perceptions of what makes a community a healthy place for retired people; and 6) Concerns about being admitted to a nursing home during retirement.

Suggestions for use: Faculty can use poll results to increase knowledge about the differing views of older adults in retirement or as they near retirement. The slides from the power point can be used in the classroom setting to discuss issues and challenges facing older adults as they retire.