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.

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Hartford Institute hosting Webinar about Health Literacy

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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 webinars@hartfordign.org)

Presenter:
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.
link: http://elearning.hartfordign.org/course/category.php?categoryedit=off&sesskey=4DU4dji0WW&id=25

Parallel caregiver crises, military and civilian

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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).

http://www.jhartfound.org/blog/debate-role-of-cmmi-absolutely-abolish-it-no/

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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.

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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?

Inter-Professional Collaborative Community-Based Initiatives Experiences

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

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

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As the manager of an inter-professional collaborative community-based initiative here at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University, I am very interested in the “recipe for success” as it relates to a “good” inter-professional collaborative practice team. I believe all answers stem from communication. Understanding the meaning of messages that we send to our colleagues from a complimentary profession is often underrated. By their nature, other professions may not truly understand the message we deliver, as they do not see the patient through the same “lens” as we do. As such, open, honest, complete, accurate, and respectful communication cannot be underestimated. The manner in which these messages are delivered can completely and directly impact the quality of the outcome. Please share your thoughts and experiences with inter-professional collaborative practice teams and how your experiences may have impacted your model of care delivery. Specific examples welcome!

 

A Cup of Tea and Conversation

By Niamh Marie Daly

This is a chapter of a Student Perspective Series, from the NYU College of Nursing Geriatric Special Interest Group

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My experience in geriatrics began in high school when I started working as a caregiver at an assisted living facility serving those with memory impairments. I was immediately drawn to the personal interaction with residents and continued to work as a caregiver in college and after graduation. I decided to pursue a second degree in nursing largely to improve my ability to care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In the first few weeks of class our instructors have addressed ‘The Graying of America’ or the increase in the percentage of older adults living in the United States. Similarly, as the number of Americans age 65 and older increases so will the prevalence of dementia.

Health care professionals have an obligation to embrace the change of demographics with improved methods of care that address quality of life  for individuals with dementia. The Eden Alternative is an incredible approach to improving well being for those with dementia. It is a global initiative dedicated to promoting person- directed care that takes into consideration how unique and different every individual is. As I began to research The Eden Alternative I was reminded of a resident at the facility I used to work for. This woman became extraordinarily anxious every afternoon and the medication used to treat her anxiety provided little to no relief. As we got to know our new resident we discovered how much she enjoyed a cup of tea and talking about one of three things: her sons, her cat and her career as a nurse. Eventually we began making her a cup of tea at the first sign of anxiety  and a caregiver would sit and discuss her favorite subjects with her. Almost immediately her anxiety and worry would disappear.  After understanding who she was as a person and establishing a relationship with her we were able to appropriately address her problem. A cup of tea and a conversation was the cure for this woman but the Eden Alternative reminds us that what works for one person may not work for another.

Providing the highest level of care requires getting to know the individual in question. My challenge as a nurse will be looking at each patient as a unique human being and providing care based on their individual needs. As I do this I will keep one principle of the Eden Alternative in mind, “Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.”

Niamh Marie Daly is a member of the NYU College of Nursing Geriatric special interest group and has just entered her first semester in the accelerated nursing program at NYU and is interested in geriatric nursing.

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