• 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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  • 38th Annual GAPNA Conference

    October 3-5, 2019 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

    Focused education; lasting connections, networking, free access to the GAPNA Online Library.

    Earn up to 22 contact hours (including pre-conference workshops).

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  • 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, 2019.

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

    "Contemporary Heart Failure Management"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)


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  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer a series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Alzheimer’s Disease Today and Tomorrow: Optimal Treatment and Collaborative Care," is the first program offered.

    What are the state-of-the-art strategies for managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? How can the multidisciplinary team work together to ensure timely intervention and optimal outcomes?

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  • Meet the Candidates for the 2019-2020 BOD!
    The time to vote is right now: May 6 - 31, 2019!

    Please take a moment to read about this year’s candidates and why they feel they should be chosen for the position noted.

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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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