• 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.


Cross-Cultural Care

Addressing Intellectual Disabilities and Communicative Disorders

by Jennifer Serafin

Individuals with lifelong intellectual disabilities and/or communicative disorders (ID/CD), such as autism and Down syndrome, are living longer than they ever have in our society.

Many of these individuals are severely disabled their entire lives, dependent on 24-hour care. They may have lived with their parents, other relatives, or in group homes, until older age and increasing disability required placement in a long-term care facility.

Once in long-term care, unless the facility is specifically equipped to handle ID/CD special needs, the medical and care issues these individuals often face cause great challenges for staff. Barriers to appropriate care for individuals with ID/CD include missed medical diagnoses or even inappropriate tests and treatments, due to the individual’s inability to communicate symptoms.

Self-injurious behaviors may become more prominent as individuals with ID/CD age. In addition, they may develop early-onset dementia which can be difficult to discern from behavioral issues related to their ID/CD diagnoses.

Since gerontologic APRNs are educated to care for individuals across the cultural continuum, APRNs who are well versed in caring for individuals with ID/CD will be able to decrease these healthcare disparities by assisting other providers and long-term care staff. Education, role-modeling, and encouragement of the staff and providers will help them deliver quality care and meet the care needs of individuals diagnosed with ID/CD at an early age.

At GAPNA’s Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, this fall, the Cross-Cultural Care SIG will present “Older Adults with Lifelong Intellectual and Developmental Disorders in the LTC Setting” on Friday, October 6, 2017. This presentation will describe culturally appropriate resources available to APRNs, as well as provide evidence-based and ethical interventions to promote culturally appropriate care for older adults with lifelong cognitive and communicative disabilities in the long-term care setting.

Jennifer Serafin, MS, BSN, GNP-C


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