• 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

  • 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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  • Online CEThe Best of 2019!

    A LIVE rebroadcast event featuring 5 of GAPNA's Best CE sessions from 2019

    January 21, 2020 from 11:30 am - 5:15 pm EST

    $39 for GAPNA Members $59 for Non-Members


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Dementia Does Not Greatly Influence the Quality of Hospice Care

Hospice patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia find it more difficult to communicate with providers and caregivers than the patients with terminal cancer for which hospice care was originally conceived.

However, this difference does not appear to affect the overall quality of their care, according to a new study. This is important because the proportion of hospice patients with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia has been increasing.

Researchers found the majority of quality-of-care measures for individuals receiving hospice care differed little between patients with and without dementia.

Nonetheless, hospice patients with dementia were 2.6 times more likely to receive tube feeding than other hospice patients, despite findings that tube feeding is not associated with longer survival, better nutrition, fewer pressure ulcers, or reduced risk of aspiration pneumonia in individuals with advanced dementia.

More details are in Albrecht et al. (2013). Quality of hospice care for individuals with dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61(7), 1060-1064.

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