• 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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    Call for Nominations!

    Have you ever considered stepping forward, accepting the challenge and volunteering for a position on the 2020-21 National Board of Directors? Register online NOW by March 22, 2020!

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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. Deadline March 15, 2020.

    Find out more info and deadline dates

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

    "Update in Chronic Kidney Disease Management and Prescribing"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

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Being a Caregiver Linked to Poor Health Behaviors Among Baby Boomers

Baby boomers who are informal caregivers have greater odds of having behaviors that increase their health risk, according to a new study.

Researchers compared the health behaviors of 5,688 California baby boomers who were informal caregivers to that of 12,941 non-caregiving boomers.

The caregivers were slightly older than the non-caregivers (by 0.5 years), more likely to be women (59.8% vs. 47.4%), more likely to be educated beyond high school, more likely to have higher family income, but less likely to be employed.

After controlling for psychological distress, and for personal characteristics and social resources, the caregivers had 127% the odds of non-caregivers of poor overall health behaviors.

Compared to non-caregivers, caregivers had 36% greater odds of being a current smoker, 41% greater odds of consuming soda at least 3.5 times weekly, and 17% greater odds of eating fast food at least once a week.

More details are in Hoffman, G.J. (2012). Health behaviors among baby boomer informal caregivers. The Gerontologist, 52(2), 219-230.

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