• 2019 Senior Report Senior Report: Older Americans have more options for home care, but still struggling.

    The United Health Foundation has released results of a sweeping new study benchmarking the health of older adults. The America's Health Rankings® Senior Report was created in partnership with GAPNA to improve the health of America's seniors.

    The data will help advanced practice nurses and other providers deliver quality care.

    Find out about it!

  • 38th Annual GAPNA Conference

    October 3-5, 2019 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

    Focused education; lasting connections, networking, free access to the GAPNA Online Library.

    Earn up to 22 contact hours (including pre-conference workshops).

    Get more information and register now!

  • AwardCall for Excellence Award Nominations

    The awards are: Emerging Chapter Award, Established Chapter Excellence Award, Special Interest Group Excellence Award, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Excellence in Community Service Award, Excellence in Education Award, Excellence in Leadership Award, and Excellence in Research Award.

    The nominations are tallied in July and the winners are announced every year during the Awards Celebration at the GAPNA Annual Conference.

    Now is the time to nominate a colleague or yourself - DEADLINE is June 1, 2019.

    Get started... nominate today!

  • FREE continuing education credit is available for the following session:

    "Contemporary Heart Failure Management"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

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  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer a series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Alzheimer’s Disease Today and Tomorrow: Optimal Treatment and Collaborative Care," is the first program offered.

    What are the state-of-the-art strategies for managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? How can the multidisciplinary team work together to ensure timely intervention and optimal outcomes?

    Find out about it!

  • Meet the Candidates for the 2019-2020 BOD!
    The time to vote is right now: May 6 - 31, 2019!

    Please take a moment to read about this year’s candidates and why they feel they should be chosen for the position noted.


Clinical Pearls - Geropsychiatric Tips

Geropsychiatric Nursing Clinical Pearls: Elder Index and Caregiver Toolkit

by Marcia Walmer

Chronic illness, retirement, and living on a fixed income can place undue financial burden on an older adult. These factors contribute to the incidence and exacerbation of depression.

During a home visit, assess patient finances indirectly; observe whether the utilities are active, note the amount of food in the fridge, determine the adequacy of home furnishings and clothing, and if the patient saves money by taking his or her prescribed medications every other day rather than as ordered.

The Elder Index is a measure of the income that an older adult needs to meet basic needs and age in place with dignity.

Caregiver strain can lead to elder abuse. Determine the impact of caregiving on an elderly spouse, significant other, or family member.

Patients who are unable to perform their own ADLs and IADLs, who do not sleep through the night, and who have chronic health conditions requiring daily assessment and treatment may overwhelm the caregiver and contribute to the creation of a second patient.

To assess caregiver strain, see the Caregiver Toolkit.

Marcia Walmer, AP/MHNP-BC, LCSW