• 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.

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    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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Overview of Oral Health in Older Adults

As populations in the United States and around the globe move toward a world in which 25% of people will be 65 years or older, much attention is being paid to the management of chronic diseases and maintenance of activities of daily living.

Cardiovascular disease, cancers, Alzheimer disease, and immunologic disorders are among the systemic conditions attracting the attention of researchers, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and health care professionals. Often overlooked is the contribution

Often overlooked is the contribution of a healthy mouth to a person’s overall well-being and its relationship with the disease processes occurring in the rest of the body. Yet the effects of poor oral health are similar to other uncontrolled disease processes. Without a healthy mouth, important aspects of general and health-related quality of life are affected, including nutrition, self-image, willingness to interact socially, mental health, and all too often, physical health.

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