• 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 21 contact hours (including pre-conference workshops).

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  • 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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  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer an ongoing series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults," is the latest program offered.

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and nonmotor symptoms. It is diagnosed based on the presence of two of four motor symptoms including rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait imbalance...

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

    "Dementia Management Update"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)


    For September/October 2019 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

NIH Summit

NIH Summit Delivers Recommendations to Accelerate Therapy Development for Alzheimer’s Disease

Experts from government, academia, industry, and non-profit organizations put forward recommendations that provide a roadmap for an integrated, interprofessional research agenda necessary to inform priorities for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

The recommendations are designed to guide continued efforts to build a collaborative, multi-stakeholder research environment capable of delivering urgently needed cures for people at all stages of the disease.

The recommendations are a result of a multi-step, iterative process culminating in the Alzheimer's Disease Research Summit 2018: Path to Treatment and Prevention, which was convened by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with support from the Foundation for the NIH.

A reoccurring theme from the summit and in the recommendations is a precision medicine approach to Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention – the ability to develop interventions that can address the underlying disease process as well as the disease symptoms and be tailored to a person’s unique disease risk profile.

NIA developed nearly 100 recommendations from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit which drew more than 3,000 participants onsite and via videocast.

The research recommendations build upon the framework established by previous summits in 2012 and 2015. They place emphasis on the approaches, tools, infrastructure, and partnerships needed to understand disease heterogeneity by comprehensive study of disease risk and resilience across diverse populations; increase research rigor and reproducibility; and accelerate therapy development by integrating experimental and computational approaches and propagating open science practices.

The recommendations centered around several key topics:

  • Developing a better understanding of the complex and multifactorial causes of disease
  • Enabling precision medicine research needed to develop interventions that can address the underlying disease process, as well as the disease symptoms, and be tailored to a person’s unique disease risk profile for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Enhancing the research infrastructure and developing translational tools to accelerate therapy development
  • Supporting the development of novel therapeutics that target the many facets of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Understanding the impact of the environment and its interaction with genetic and biological factors to advance effective prevention strategies for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Leveraging emerging digital technologies and big data approaches to improve our ability to discover early markers of disease, better track responsiveness to treatment, and provide better care
  • Bringing together multiple stakeholders to build a new research ecosystem based on the principles of open science

More than 80 leading experts joined to develop the research recommendations. They were considered and adopted by the National Advisory Council on Aging at its meeting on May 22 and 23, 2018, and will be used to update and expand specific milestones for achieving the prime research goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease –to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by 2025.

Plan your trip to the nation’s capital during GAPNA’s Annual Conference, September 26-29, 2018 by checking out all the things to do, places to eat, and ways to have fun.

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