Caring for older adults is far more complex than the majority of today's nurses and other healthcare providers ever learned in school, and than the majority of faculty in any schools of nursing are prepared to teach their students. In fact, lack of knowledge about care of older adults among the teachers, students and working graduates of nursing programs results in inadequate assessment skills-skills that are the foundation of good geriatric careand ultimately in missed or erroneous diagnoses, treatments that can harm rather than heal, and a reduced quality of life among those 65 years of age and older. In order to provide resources that will help to fill the gap between knowledge and practice in the care of older adults, the John A. How to Try This is an initiative that will translate the evidence-based geriatric assessment tools in the HIGN Try This assessment series into cost-free, web-based resources including demonstration videos and a corresponding print series featured in the AJN. Why is assessment of older adults so important? Illnesses in older people often look different than in younger ones.
A Late-Life Surprise: Taking Care Of Frail, Aging Parents
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Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders NICHE imparts principles and tools to stimulate changes in clinical practice to achieve patient-centered nursing care for older adults in healthcare facilities. The vision of NICHE is that all older adults, age 65 and over, receive age-friendly, exemplary nursing care. It's flu season! Did you know that vaccines are not merely meant to protect the recipient, but others too, particularly older adults?
Aging is a natural process of life. It begins the moment we are born. Strangely enough, most of us live under the illusion that we and our loved ones will never become old. When old age arrives, we are often unprepared. The natural order becomes reversed.