• 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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  • 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:

    "Dementia Management Update"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

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Developing and Evaluating a Website to Guide Older Adults in Their Health Information Searches

This mixed-methods study developed and evaluated an online program to improve older adults’ skills in identifying high-quality web-based health information.

Focus groups and individual interviews were conducted to collect data on older adults’ preferences for online instruction and information. Findings were used to develop, pilot test, and evaluate an interactive website which was grounded in health behavior change models, adult education, and website construction.

Sixty-four participants were randomly assigned to Your Health Online: Guiding eSearches or to an analogous slide-based tutorial and compared in their knowledge, self-efficacy, and program assessment.

Experimental participants assigned significantly higher ratings of usability and learning to the new site than controls did to their tutorial, although no differences were found in self-efficacy or knowledge. Experimental participants reported participation was likely to improve future searches. Information is now needed to examine if such programs improve health searches, ehealth literacy, and health outcomes.

To learn more, see Fink & Beck (2015). Developing and evaluating a website to guide older adults in their health information searches: A mixed-methods approach. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 34(5), 633-651.

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