According to a recent nursing education press release at Newswise, the John A. Hartford Foundation has given the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) a large grant to increase the numbers of nursing educators and faculty for geriatric specific issues.

How well educated are you in providing comprehensive care to elderly patients?

Nursing and Geriatric Care

As the population ages, understanding of geriatric care challenges will be an important component of nursing school education.  RNs and others in the associated nurse professions, including student nurses, should adapt their care for an elderly patient based on the understanding of the anatomic and physiologic changes seen in this patient population.

Particular issues for elderly patients include:

  • metabolism changes
  • decreased subcutaneous fat
  • alterations in medication absorption and elimination
  • demineralization of the skeleton and brittle bones
  • cognitive changes
  • financial challenges

Geriatric Care Resources for Nurses

There are excellent resources available for nursing education on geriatric care issues.  Foremost is the huge clearing house of information found at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Nurses and students in nursing will find resources on current research as well as a list of publications on many different specific concerns associated with aging and geriatric nursing care.

Included in the NIA site are resources for patient and family education and an email newsletter for updates from the NIA and other health resources on aging.  Recent articles at NIA include educational resources on hypothermia risks for the aging population, complementary and alternative medicine resources, treatments and research in menopausal symptoms, and new research in Alzheimer’s disease.

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One Response to Nursing Grants Teach About Elder Care

  1. Janna Fagan says:

    I need education on geriactic care for nurses (physicians as well if you can with with that). I work at a level II trauma hospital and we are starting a Geriatric trauma unit, we despertaely need some education.

    Janna Fagan RN

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