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  • Self-Neglect in the Hospitalized Older Adult

    This brief defines self-neglect, describes the risk factors for self-neglect and identifies clinical indicators of self-neglect. The nurse’s role and the use of screening tools/evaluations to support the referral process and coordination of the interdisciplinary process are also detailed.

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  • Geriatric Patient Care Associate (GPCA): Emotional Needs of the Older Adult Patient

    This brief defines types of delirium as well as reviews the challenges in the care of dementia patients and discuss how dementia patients are at risk for delirium as well as strategies to care for dementia patients.

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  • Using "Teach-back" at the Bedside

    The goal of this brief is to help nurses help older adult patients obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services so that they can make sound health decisions. The brief provides examples of “teach-back” in daily interactions.

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  • Fragility Fractures in Older Adults

    This in-service describes the normal aging process affecting bone density.

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  • Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations and Older Adults

    This staff development PowerPoint provides educational components related to health maintenance and the role of vaccinations that are essential for improved health in the older population. For background, the brief includes a review of the data, impact and facts about influenza and pneumonia.

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  • The GRN's Bedside Guide: Simple Environmental Modifications to Enhance Safety for Older Adults

    This PowerPoint reviews age-related changes and their effect on function, comfort, and safety in the hospital environment. Simple, low-cost environmental modifications and nursing interventions to enhance function and comfort and promote safety are outlined.

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  • Updated Beer's Criteria 2012 - American Geriatrics Society Expert Panel

    The use of evidenced-based criteria to evaluate potentially inappropriate medications is described in this brief. It also details the role of the Geriatric Resource Nurse as expert clinician, educator and peer consultant in medication management in older adults.

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  • Pain in Older Adults

    The prevalence of acute and persistent pain in older adults is discussed in this education brief. It also describes evidence-based approaches to assessing pain in older adults and care strategies for pain management.

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  • Caring for the Older Adult with COPD - Part I

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has a high prevalence in older adults and affects as many as 24 million Americans. Part of a series of three, this Part 1 brief reviews the pathophysiology of COPD and describes the systemic manifestations, evidence based assessments and nursing care related to common manifestations.

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  • Caring for the Older Adult with COPD - Part II

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in U.S. Part of a series of three, this Part 2 brief defines pharmacologic treatment, identifies implications of medication classifications for the older adult and reviews Beer’s List recommendations.

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  • Caring for the Older Adult with COPD - Part III

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a complex disease that requires a multidisciplinary approach to care. Part of a series of three, this Part 3 brief deals with patient education issues, adherence to prescriptive therapies and the role of the nurse as educator and coordinator of care for safe transitions on discharge.

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  • Geriatric Resource Nurse's Role: Identifying the Patient Appropriate for Palliative Care

    This brief details assessments that the Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) can use to identify patients appropriate for palliative care and describes the GRN’s role in the development of an interdisciplinary palliative plan of care. Chronic condition, palliative care, and how principles of palliative care apply to chronic disease are also explained.

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  • Geriatric Patient Care Associate (GPCA): Physical Care of the Older Adult Patient

    This in-service describes the normal aging process and its effects on the five senses to help you to more easily communicate with your older adult patients. Patient assistance and environment improvement tips are provided.

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