• 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsJoin us at the 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    April 14-18, 2020, Honolulu, HI.

    Earn up to 18 CNE hours.


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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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  • ConventionCALL FOR: Podium and Poster Abstracts

    For the 38th GAPNA Annual Conference
    at the Hyatt Regency
    New Orleans, LA, September 24-26, 2020

    GAPNA members are invited to submit an abstract about their innovative work, that should enrich the APRN's knowledge and/or enhance the care of an older adult.

    Find out more info and deadline dates

  • Poster PresentationONLINE NOW:

    2019 GAPNA Conference Poster Presentations

    Note the latest trends in the care, education, and research of the older adult population.


    View the 2019 Poster Presentations from the Annual Conference!

Ageist Physicians

Are Physicians Ageist?

Deep-seated failings in the delivery of medicine to elderly patients are indicative of a larger problem in health care: ageism, according Seegert (2019) in a recent article, “Doctors Are Ageist - And It’s Harming Older Patients.”

“We medicalize the natural process of aging,” Seegert notes, “then look down on the patients who come seeking treatment while not adequately preparing the doctors they visit to address their particular needs” (para. 4). “Studies show providers communicate differently with older adults than with younger ones. They’re less patient, less engaged and provide less information” (para. 9).

Some hopeful signs of change, though, are described, including more senior-specific emergency departments in hospitals. And “some health systems are also creating a culture of ‘age-friendly care,’ emphasizing holistic approaches and what matters to the person” (para. 17).

Seegert, L. (2019). Doctors are ageist – and it’s harming older patients. Retrieved from https://www-nbcnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nbcnews.com/think/amp...

Join your friends at the 2019 GAPNA Annual Conference, October 3-5, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV.

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