• 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!

  • 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.

    Find out about it!

  • 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!

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

    "Dementia Management Update"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

    For September/October 2019 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

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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