Caregiving From Another Continent


Verna Pinto, left, and her daughter, Erica Dhar, in September 1979, on the night Ms. Dhar came to the United States.Credit Courtesy of Erica Dhar

Sometimes, caregiving for family members becomes even more difficult when members are living in different countries or even different continents. Read this New York Times Article on a problem more and more people are facing with the increase of globalization. Read Here.

Aging HIV/AIDS patients pose challenges for providers

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Webinar Presenter: Larry Z. Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CCRN Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU College of Nursing Scholar, Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy, Sigma Theta Tau International

“Older patients with HIV face higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, impaired cognitive function, cancer, frailty and behavioral health disorders than those of the same age without HIV—and thus higher costs.”

Read more on this modern healthcare blog on financial problems and other issues those who are aging past 50 with HIV/AIDS are facing.

To get EVEN MORE information sign up for HIGN’s webinar tomorrow on HIV AND AGING!

HIV: An Evolving and Aging Epidemic
Tomorrow August 6th 1:00-2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Larry Z. Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CCRN Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU College of Nursing Scholar, Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy, Sigma Theta Tau International
Special rate $49.50 with discount code: AIDSAWARE14
Awards 1 Contact Hour  Register Now!
Register HERE!

NPR Blog on Caregivers and Families


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NPR gives a nice spotlight on the experiences of a husband caregiver to his wife who has dementia. This blog gives an interesting story about spouse caregivers and the effects it has on everyone.

Read More.

Hartford Institute hosting Webinar about Health Literacy


Hartford will be hosting a webinar about  Health Literacy and Older Adults. Here is a good resource about the importance of health literacy from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read Here.

More Information about the webinar

Webinar: Health Literacy and Older Adults

Date: July 24, 2014; 1:00pm- 2:00pm EST
Cost: $99.00 – Awards 1 Nursing Contact Hour
(Discounts are available for NGNA/NICHE members, NYU Faculty and Students- contact us at

Jacqueline Close, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontology
Medical/Surgical/Telemetry Units
Pomerado Hospital

This webinar will discuss health literacy and older adults, the impact of low health literacy on the older adult patient outcomes and how to utilize evidence-based strategies in communication with the older adult.

Parallel caregiver crises, military and civilian


Interesting blog from Congress on the shared risks between veteran and dementia caregivers. There is recent legislation that aims at reducing these risks for military caregivers that also helps dementia caregivers. Read more.


Latest Health AGEnda Post…Debate Role of CMMI?

Read the latest blog by Chris Langston, Program Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation. It offers his perspectives on a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed calling on Congress to abolish the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

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The Beauty of Teamwork (Discussion Forum)

By: Dr. Maryanne Giuliante, DNP, RN, GNP, ANP-C

This is the second post in series of 2 posts from one of NYU Nursing’s program managers and nurse practitioners Maryanne Giuliante.


When working in teams is mandated, many offer a big “grunt”. I remember, as a doctoral student, we were encouraged (more like forced) to work in a team for one of our initial assignments. As new doctoral students, we were in the throws of trying strike the right balance between working, being a student, and possibly many other “hats” many of us wore. Many begged the professor to reconsider, and offered many solid excuses as to why it would be better for each of us to work alone. Our schedules, family obligations, living far from each other, and many other (creative and valid) arguments were proposed. We thought we were making rather nice progress in our discussion. Our professor listened to our plight, and even seemed to waver a bit at certain times. In the end, it was clear that it was not meant to be. She made us forge ahead with the initial plan to work together. Grunt!

Looking back on that exercise, I appreciate the value of the assignment. Though the actual task at hand was easily forgotten, the lesson regarding teamwork and what can be accomplished was priceless. Though each of us were nurses and thought that nobody was going to bring anything particularly unique to the table, we soon discovered quite the opposite! We learned the value of personal attributes and skills sets can transform a mediocre product into one with depth, character, and uniqueness. We discovered the need to become introspective and honest with our abilities, and to embrace both our strengths and weaknesses.

Though it seemed daunting, all of us were able to overcome the aforementioned logistical challenges and put important things like family, work, and other obligations aside. In doing so, we learned to be malleable and respectful of other’s priorities, and in turn, this exercise churned out overt mutual respect for one another. Yes, the assignment was tough, but the lessons learned continues to pay me back in ways that cannot be calculated.

Please share some personal experiences about teamwork. What have you discovered on your journey that has helped you to become a better teammate? What kind of challenges have you encountered? What techniques have you leveraged to enhance the outcome?


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