• 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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Elderly Blacks Less Likely than Elderly Whites to Receive a Depression Diagnosis or Treatment

Researchers examining racial and ethnic disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of depression among the elderly found that 4.2% of Blacks received a diagnosis of depression compared to 6.4% of Whites, 7.2% of Hispanics, and 3.8% of other groups.

Blacks who were diagnosed were also less likely to be treated for depression than non-Hispanic Whites. For example, among Blacks diagnosed with depression, 39.6% did not receive treatment compared with 27%  of Whites.

The authors point out that differences in depression diagnosis rates among racial/ethnic groups may be the result of both differences in underlying rates of pathology and underdiagnosis of depression in certain groups.

They also suggest a need to look at other factors, including racial/ethnic differences in depression help-seeking behaviors, stigma, knowledge, and attitudes.

For details, see Akincigil, A. (2012). Racial and ethnic disparities in depression care in community-dwelling elderly in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 102(2), 319-328.

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