Celebrate Careers In Aging Week (CIAW) March 3 – 9

People are living longer and populations are aging worldwide. The demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. Careers in Aging Week (CIAW) is observed during the first full week of March by businesses, clinics, coalitions, organizations, universities, colleges, and other parties across the world. The goal of CIAW is to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in the field of aging.

To find out more about how you can get involved, go to https://www.aghe.org/resources/careers-in-aging

 

CNE Announces New Program!

A new wound care program is now available through the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  UNMC’s College of Nursing, Continuing Nursing Education department (creators of Gero Nurse Prep) is proud to host the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) program, developed by the WOCN Society using internationally-recognized leaders and educators in wound management and prevention, and augmented by our resident CWOCN expert.

The evidence based WTA program is a 12-week self-paced online program covering 14 wound care and prevention topics. Participants will have access to our Course Coordinator; an experienced and Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (CWOCN), throughout the program and during the one day, on-site group competency testing /simulation day, which provides an invaluable hands on training experience. On program completion, participants will receive 24.0 nursing contact hours and will also be prepared to take the WTA-C certification exam (not required).

The inaugural group is scheduled to start in February 2019 and space is limited. Registration closes February 1, 2019.

 

Please visit the website for more details https://app1.unmc.edu/cne/19wta001/.

Staff Competencies Session

This session provides attendees with an understanding of the key components required to construct a staff competency program as well as strategies for return demonstrations, how to evaluate the effectiveness of a program, and methods to measure staff competencies.

Join Heidi Keeler, Anna Fisher and Gail Sheridan on Wednesday October 10, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM and learn how to:

  • Construct a staff competency program
  • Appraise return demonstrations from staff
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a staff competency program
  • Measure staff competencies

National Assisted Living Week Starts Sunday!

Capture the Moment” is this year’s theme for National Assisted Living Week, which hopes to inspire residents to realize their dreams and seize the day. Simultaneously, the theme also supports reflection, as residents may look back on the pivotal moments in their lives. With the theme’s word play referencing photography, residents may refer to pictures or videos from their past.
The theme also aims to remind assisted living staff that often the little, everyday interactions with residents can deliver high quality, person-centered care. Assisted living communities across the country are encouraged to organize activities and events during NALW that help residents celebrate their past while also enjoying the present. Find out more at:

What’s Next In Caring For Older People: The Age-Friendly Health System Movement

By Anna Chodos and William A. Haseltine

Our healthcare system needs to rethink how we care for older adults. Older adults have more complex needs than other populations, but they struggle to meet those needs within and across all care settings — from home to clinics to hospitals and long-term care facilities and back home again. Part of this is due to the medical and social complexity of older adults and their more frequent transitions, compared to other age groups, between healthcare settings.  Despite our current ecosystem of electronic health records and quality measurement, the often frustrating reality is that much of what is important to older people is rarely captured in the data, such as quality of life, function and goals.  One program alone will not fix this.

Enter the Age-Friendly Health System. Led by some of the best in aging and healthcare improvement, such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the John A Hartford Foundation, the Age-Friendly Health System is changing what it means to “age in America” with regard to healthcare.  The Age-Friendly Health System describes itself as a movement to recruit and support entire healthcare systems to focus on the domains most important to quality healthcare for older people.  These include the “4Ms”: mobility, medications, mentation, and what matters. This means making sure older people have a mobility plan when receiving medical care or in long term care; reviewing medications regularly to minimize harm; addressing conditions that affect thinking and are common in older people such as dementia, depression and delirium; and incorporating what matter to the person, such as their values, goals and preferences, into all care plans.

For the full article and references please go to:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamhaseltine/2018/08/21/whats-next-in-caring-for-older-people-the-age-friendly-health-system-movement/#fc298d157a44

Wearable rehabilitation technology awarded $1.6 million grant.

APDM Wearable Technologies has been awarded a National Institute on Aging SBIR Phase II grant totaling $1.6 million to commercialize a real-time biofeedback system. With this funding, APDM will develop the industry’s first over-ground gait biofeedback rehabilitation system utilizing both visual and auditory biofeedback so patients can rehabilitate in a real-world setting, according to a recent press release.

Existing technology like instrumented treadmills have an entry price of $80,000, restrict patients to straight walking at a fixed speed, and alter biomechanics in a way that does not translate back to daily activity. Not only will this novel biofeedback system be a fraction of the cost, but patients will be able to walk in diverse, real-world settings at a self-selected pace, which is crucial for re-training gait for sustained results.

Over 300 patients with various types of gait disturbances will be recruited for a clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the biofeedback system in a physical therapy clinic. Northwest Rehabilitation Associates will manage data collection throughout the clinical trial, Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) Balance Disorder Lab will conduct scientific validation, and APDM will concentrate on technological development and analytics.

Read the full story in the press release.