• 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:

    "Decisional Capacity"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

    For July/August 2019 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

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...

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