• 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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  • 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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  • ConventionCALL FOR: Podium and Poster Abstracts

    For the 38th GAPNA Annual Conference
    at the Hyatt Regency
    New Orleans, LA, September 24-26, 2020

    GAPNA members are invited to submit an abstract about their innovative work, that should enrich the APRN's knowledge and/or enhance the care of an older adult.

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

    "Meaningful Conversations throughout the Course of Illness"

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Seasonal Influenza Has a Substantial Impact on Activities of Daily Living in Nursing Home Residents

Seasonal flu outbreaks cause a substantial decline in functioning among nursing home residents, particularly in their ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADL), according to a new study.

Researchers identified 2,351 freestanding nursing homes in 122 cities where weekly influenza mortality data is tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They studied six influenza seasons from October 1999 to September 2005.

They measured ADL-decline indicators, such as weight loss, new or worsening pressure ulcers, and infections, from a national nursing home patient database. Physical function outcome measures, including ADL decline, mirrored the seasonal trends of influenza severity and mortality.

There was a strong association between influenza mortality and high ADL decline, weight loss, and infections. No associations were found for restraint use, antipsychotic medications, or persistent pain — control measures of nursing home quality that were not expected to vary with seasonal influenza.

To learn more, see Gozalo et al. (2012). Effect of influenza on functional decline. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 60(7), 1260-1267.

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