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Aging and Immunity: The Important Role of Vaccines

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
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12/31/1969
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Abstract: 

Immune function wanes in all adults—whether healthy or sick—as they age into their fifth decade and beyond. Their bodies become less adept at recognizing and stopping pathogens, and the ability to develop and maintain immunity declines. Also known as  immunosenescence, age-related decline in immunity significantly contributes to the susceptibility of older adults to serious conditions, including influenza, pneumonia, and shingles.

Patients often believe that by living a healthy lifestyle, they can avoid illness and disease. While exercising, getting recommended screenings, and eating right are important for staying healthy, they alone do not prevent older adults from acquiring vaccine-preventable diseases. For older adults who feel, and generally are, healthy, it can be difficult to recognize that immunosenescence is occurring or what impact it may have. Underappreciation for immunosenescence could at least partially explain why adult vaccines remain significantly underutilized, despite their ability to stimulate and heighten immune response and boost waning immunity in older adults. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2015, only 57% of Americans aged 65 years or older received a tetanus vaccine in the prior 10 years, 64% had received a pneumococcal vaccine, and only 34% had ever received a herpes zoster vaccine. Among adults 50 years and
older, four vaccine-preventable diseases alone—influenza, herpes zoster, pneumococcal disease, and pertussis—cost the United States more than $26 billion annually.

Ensuring that adult patients receive recommended vaccines is an important way to prevent unnecessary infections and reduce health care costs. Health care professionals play a key role in this process, specifically, they should:

  • Assess their adult patient’s immunization status
  • Strongly recommend vaccination at every opportunity using the 4R approach: Recommend, Repeat, Remind, Review
  • Have a program that supports in-practice vaccine administration
  • Refer patients to a health care professional who administers vaccines if you do not
  • Document vaccine administration and submit to the immunization registry

Vaccination is a critical component of protecting the health of individuals as they age. Providing a strong recommendation for vaccination at each encounter increases the likelihood of an individual accepting a vaccine, reducing the risk for debilitating illness, and protecting quality of life.

Educational objectives: 
  • Provide healthcare professionals with an understanding of the biological impact of aging on immunity,
  • Provide information to support the value of vaccination by exploring herpes zoster in depth and the role that age-related decline in immunity plays in this vaccine-preventable illness,
  • Offer practical tips and strategies for supporting aging patients’ health and overcoming barriers that may contribute to low rates of adult vaccination.
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Date posted: 
Mon, 08/06/2018
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Thu, 07/19/2018
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Suggested Citation:
Aging and Immunity: The Important Role of Vaccines. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2018 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/246

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing: Overview of Resources

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Abstract: 

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing offers a number of evidence-based online resources for nurse educators, nursing students, and professionals. Many of these resources area available through our clinical resource page, known as ConsultGeri, which is accessible through HIGN’s website. Resources are available for purchase by logging in to our eLearning portal. A number of HIGN’s resources provide continuing education credits for professionals. 

For more information, please visit http://www.hign.org.

Educational objectives: 
  1. Provide evidence-based online resources for nurse educators, nursing students, and professionals.
  2. Provide educational resources on various geriatric topics (such as dementia, chronic disease management, and presentation of illness in older adults) that apply acute care, long-term care, and home settings.
  3. Provide assessment tools for professionals, such as the Try This: Series.
Date posted: 
Tue, 04/17/2018
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Tue, 04/17/2018
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Suggested Citation:
Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing: Overview of Resources. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2018 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/246

Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Presbyphonia: The Aging Voice

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Abstract: 

Presbyphonia: The Aging Voice  is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 
  1. Explain what presbyphonia is and why it occurs
  2. Identify a diagnostic test used to confirm the diagnosis of presbyphonia
  3. Explain how presbyphonia is treated
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as:

  1. Content is not changed,
  2. No one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. Authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. The reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program”. 
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The Elder Care provider sheets are occasionally published in the Arizona Geriatrics Society Journal, which is published twice yearly.

Nelson, D. and Medina-Walpole, A. (2010, December), Elder care provider fact sheets. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(12), 2414-2415. Also available online.               

Date posted: 
Wed, 04/19/2017
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Wed, 04/19/2017
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Suggested Citation:
Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Presbyphonia: The Aging Voice. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2017 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/246

Medication Safety: A Key Ingredient to Your Health

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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1
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'Medication Safety' is a training module designed to education older adults, caregivers, and healthcare students on key issues related to geriatric pharmacy. Topics include polypharmacy, over-the-counter products, health literacy and communication with healthcare providers. Training materials include a brochure and facilitator's manual.

Educational objectives: 

Participants will understand how age-related changes impact the effects of medications.

Participants will understand the dangers of adverse drug interactions.

Participants will be able to identify questions to ask a healthcare provider when new medications are prescribed.

Date posted: 
Tue, 10/18/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Tue, 10/18/2016
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Suggested Citation:
Medication Safety: A Key Ingredient to Your Health. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/246

Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Estimated time to complete: 
999
Abstract: 

'Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind' (HBHM) is a five session educational course for patients and other older adults (ie, caregivers) that nonstigmattically addresses mental health. Now also translated into Spanish, HBHM  teaches participants twelve pathways to a healthy brain and mind (including healthy diet, sleep practices, remaining active, social engagement, self-advocacy, menaging emotions, continued learning, positive self-talk, gratitude, resilience, connecting with nature, and service to others) while discussing stress management and goal setting. Training materials include a facilitator's guide and participant workbook. This curriculum can also be used as a model for healthcare provider communication with older adults.

Educational objectives: 

After completion of this program, participants will be better able to understand stress management.

After completion of this this program, participants will understand the working relationship with physiological and mental health.

Date posted: 
Fri, 10/14/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Fri, 10/14/2016
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Suggested Citation:
Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/246

Your Role in Dementia Detection and Treatment: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Estimated time to complete: 
1
Abstract: 

This 30 minute "Concepts in Common" video synthesizes the key aspects of dementia from an interdisciplinary approach. All team members, including the patient and family, need to have a common understanding of key terms and each's role from a common framework.  Communicating using SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Request/Recommendation)  is essential and clarified with a "Role Map."

Educational objectives: 

- Define and understand dementia and its significance in patient care

- Learn how to administer and interpret the Mini-Cog

- Define your role on an interdisciplinary team in caring for patients with dementia

- Learn how to communicate effectively about dementia using SBAR

 

Date posted: 
Mon, 10/17/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Mon, 10/17/2016
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Suggested Citation:
Your Role in Dementia Detection and Treatment: An Interdisciplinary Approach. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/246

Your Role After a Fall: Assessment and Communication - An Interdisciplinary Approach

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Estimated time to complete: 
1
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This educational module is intended for an interdisciplinary audience of staff who work with older patients in hospitals or long term care facilities.  The emphasis is on the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to care of the older patient and ensuring each team member understands his or her own role in communicating once a fall has taken place. Providers, nurses, C.N.A.s, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, housekeeping, transport, and any other person who comes into contact with an older patient is considered part of the interdisciplinary team.  All team members understanding common concepts and a shared model on how to communicate (use of SBAR) promotes better care of the patient who has fallen.  The 30 minute video is clear and concise. 

Educational objectives: 

- Understand the signficance of falls and their consequences in acute patient care

- Learn the role specific post-fall assessment techniques

- Define your role on an interdisciplinary team in caring for patients after a fall

- Learn how to communicate effectively about falls using "SBAR" (Situaion, Background, Assessment,        Request/Recommendation)

Date posted: 
Mon, 10/17/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Mon, 10/17/2016
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Suggested Citation:
Your Role After a Fall: Assessment and Communication - An Interdisciplinary Approach. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/246

MDTea Podcast

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Estimated time to complete: 
1
Abstract: 

The MDTea podcasts are a series of podcasts designed for health and social care staff caring for older patients. Each episode we present a single topic relevant to the whole MDT caring for older people. Examples include: comprehensive geriatric assessment, Delirium, continence management, acture stroke presentaiton, communication with patients with cognitive decline, frailty and diagnosing dementia. 

Episodes are around 30 minutes long and each episode comes with referenced show notes and a free infographic. They are mapped to the UK postgraduate curriculums.

 

Availiable at: www.thehearingaidpodcasts.org.uk or via itunes

Educational objectives: 

These are specific to each episode and can be found at the top of the show notes

Date posted: 
Wed, 10/05/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Wed, 10/05/2016
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Suggested Citation:
MDTea Podcast. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/246

Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas: Elder Mistreatment

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Estimated time to complete: 
1
Abstract: 

Although estimates vary, it is generally believed that 11% of the elderly are abused. According to the National Incidence Study on Elder Abuse, approximately 450,000 elderly experienced abuse each year. If self-neglect is included, the number increases to 551,000. Elder mistreatment is too large of a problem for any one person or one discipline to resolve. Incorporating the expertise of all the members of the interprofessional healthcare team is critical to determine the facts in the situation and the motives of the people involved. Healthcare providers can only see what is presented in the clinical setting. There is so much of the story that may not be manifested in a routine exam and encounter. Having all team members knowledgeable about the sometimes subtle signs of elder mistreatment is helpful for eliciting information and devising a holistic intervention plan.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTSHC) Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas (IGET-IT) Program has developed an Elder Mistreatment module as part of the Interprofessional Communication Improvement Modules (ICIM) Elder Safety series. The ICIM Elder Safety modules were created in collaboration with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and are supported, in part, by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The goal of the Elder Safety ICIMs is to provide innovative and sustainable programs to improve the ability of physicians to work with other health disciplines in teams to provide better care for geriatric patients. The care of older adults can be very complex and studies have shown that a team approach can be most effective in leading to quality outcomes.

 

Educational objectives: 

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define “elder mistreatment”
  • Describe the prevalence of elder mistreatment in the US
  • Define the multiple forms of elder mistreatment
  • Identify risk factors for elder mistreatment
  • List indicators of elder mistreatment
  • Prioritize the steps of elder mistreatment assessment
  • Determine the approach for including an elder mistreatment assessment in an IP team model of geriatric assessment
Publications from, presentations from, and/or citations to this product: 

Marquez Hall, S. (2016, May). Assessment Tool for Elder Safety on the Topics of Falls Risk and Elder Mistreatment. Presented at American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting Education Product Showcase, Long Beach, CA.

Date posted: 
Wed, 10/05/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Wed, 10/05/2016
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Suggested Citation:
Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas: Elder Mistreatment. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/246

Your Role in Delirium Detection and Treatment: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Estimated time to complete: 
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Abstract: 

This 24 minute video defines delirium and clarifies the role of each member of the acute care interdisciplinary team in detecting delirium and communicating with team members in the SBAR format (Situation, Background, Assessment and Request/Recommendation.)  The Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) is highlighted as the tool to use for delirium detection.  The video includes some voiceover with PowerPoint slides and a TeamSTEPPS video depictng a hospital nurse SBAR report to a provider on a patient with possible delirium. 

Educational objectives: 

Upon completion of this material, you will be able to:

  • Define and understand delirium and its significance in patient care.
  • Learn how to administer and interpret the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM.)
  • Define your role on an interdisciplinary team in caring for hospitalized patients with delirium.
  • Learn how to communicate effectively about delirium using SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Request/Recommendation).

 

Date posted: 
Mon, 06/13/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Mon, 06/13/2016
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Suggested Citation:
Your Role in Delirium Detection and Treatment: An Interdisciplinary Approach. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/246

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