• CoronaCoronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

    In an effort to support our members with the most updated information on COVID-19 we developed this resource page to easily access current CDC information and other resources to assist you professionally and personally.

    We will continue to update this page with more information as it becomes available and welcome your input as we navigate through this situation. As health care professionals it is our job to educate our patients and families on prevention and the what to do if someone is symptomatic.

    View resources

     

  • 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsGAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    Rescheduled, so you won't miss a thing! Find out what to do next!

    April 20-24, 2021, Honolulu, Hawaii

    More Information

  • W A N T E D   G A P N A   L E A D E R S!
    Call for Nominations! (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

    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 31, 2020!

    Step Up - NOW is the Time! Register Here>

  • AwardCall for Excellence Award Nominations

    The awards are: Emerging Chapter Award, Established Chapter Excellence Award, Special Interest Group Excellence Award, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Excellence in Community Service Award, Excellence in Education Award, Excellence in Leadership Award, and Excellence in Research Award.

    The nominations are tallied in July and the winners are announced every year during the Awards Celebration at the GAPNA Annual Conference.

    Now is the time to nominate a colleague or yourself - DEADLINE is June 1, 2020.

    Get started... nominate today!

Loss of Vision Associated with Loss of Cognition

Loss of vision may be associated with cognitive function impairment in older people, according to a study by researchers supported in part by National Institute on Aging.

The investigators sought to determine which factor – declining vision or cognitive function – contributed more to the association over time. They identified declining vision as having a greater association with cognitive deterioration than the reverse. Study results appeared in JAMA Ophthalmology online on June 28, 2018.

Visual impairment affects almost 3 million older adults in the United States. This can significantly affect physical and psychological health, resulting in reduced quality of life. The prevalence of blindness and visual impairment increases with age, particularly among people aged 75 and older.

For this research, Diane Zheng of the University of Miami and colleagues analyzed data from the Salisbury Eye Evaluation Study, a longitudinal study that enrolled more than 2,500 participants aged 65-84 in the Salisbury area of Maryland. The study team used the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study chart to measure visual acuity, and the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) to measure cognitive function; participants were assessed in four rounds between 1993 and 2003.

The percent of participants with MMSE scores indicating cognitive impairment increased from 11% at baseline to 20.6% in the fourth round. Visual impairment was associated with poor cognitive function both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Worsening vision had a stronger association with declining cognition than the reverse. Researchers noted maintaining good vision may be an important strategy for reducing age-related cognitive decline.

For details, see Zheng, D. et al. (2018). Longitudinal associations between visual impairment and cognitive functioning: The Salisbury eye evaluation study. JAMA Ophthalmology, 136(9), 989-995. doi:0.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.2493

Related Topic 1: 

GAPNA Newsletter Issue: 

VIEW ALL ARTICLES: