• 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.


    Find out more about it and REGISTER today!

  • 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...

    Find out about it!

  • 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!

Members on the Move

Valeria Gruss Named AAN Edge Runner

The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) recently recognized GAPNA member Valerie Gruss, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, FAAN, as an Edge Runner for her Dementia Guide Expert app.

The Academy's Edge Runners are nurse innovators who have charted a new course and ushered in remarkable improvement to major healthcare challenges.

Valerie Gruss, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, FAAN
2019 American Academy of Nursing Edge
Runner Principal Investigator, Director, and
Creator Dementia Guide Expert App

Edge Runner models of care and interventions demonstrate significant outcomes, clinically and financially, through the leadership, ingenuity, and determination of nurses.

"Dr. Gruss's Dementia Guide Expert app is an easy-to-use innovation that is drastically increasing access to care, which is especially important for diseases as personal as dementia," said Academy President Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FAAN. According to Alzheimer's Disease International, over 46 million people worldwide have dementia and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2050. And while there is a push to create dementia-friendly communities through education and awareness, dementia information and support are fragmented.

The Dementia Guide Expert app is a unique centralized resource where patients with dementia and caregivers can find evidence-based expert information on the different types, contributing factors, risks, symptoms, stages, diagnoses, tests, treatments, management, communication techniques, and various resources and support services.

"Building age-friendly health systems and dementia-friendly communities is a top national healthcare priority," said Dr. Gruss, creator of the app. "Utilizing mobile app health technology to educate and support persons with dementia and their caregivers expands our reach and enables the development of global dementia-friendly communities."

Since the app's launch in December 2017, it has been downloaded over 34,800 times across 12 countries. It has recently been translated into Spanish, "Guia Experta Sobre La Demencia," and both the English and Spanish versions are available to download for free on iOS and Android devices. View Edge Runner profiles.


Join your friends in Honolulu, Hawaii at the 2020 GAPNA Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults Conference on April 14-18, 2020.

Learn more and register today!