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Working towards optimal health for all older adults

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Opening Keynote: 
Harnessing Nursing to Diminish Ageism

Sherry Dahlke
PhD, RN, GNC(C)
Associate Professor University of Alberta

Kathleen Hunter
PhD, RN, NP, GNC(C), NCA
Professor University of Alberta

Session Description:

We will explore the prevalence of ageism in society, the types of ageism, how ageism has developed from unconscious bias, how nurses perpetuate negative perceptions about older people in their practice, in nursing education, and in common misconceptions about what gerontological nursing means. We suggest that nursing education is well situated to diminish perspectives of aging by incorporating theories of life-course and harmonious aging into the commonly accepted holistic perspective of individuals that nursing is well known for. We situate our suggestions within the WHOs recommended strategies to address ageism. These include policy and law, educational interventions, and intergenerational contact.

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Concurrent Networking Sessions 

Insidious Nature & Types of Ageism
Marie Boltz PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Pennsylvania State University

Unconscious Bias & Its Impact on Older Persons & Nursing Practice
Yingying Chen DNP, RN 
Arizona State University 

Opportunities for Gerontological Nurses to take Leadership Role in Diminishing Ageism
Mary Alice Momeyer DNP, APRN-CNP
Ohio State University

Session Description:

This is one of several networking sessions where participants choose an area of interest to them and join the session on Zoom. Dr. Marie Boltz will lead the discussion on the insidious nature and types of ageism.


Self-Care Activity
Bisaya Chair Dance Challenge

Lead By:
Laurence L. Garcia MN, DSCN
Daisy R. Palompon RN, MAN, PhD, DSCN
Ma. Mayla Imelda M. Lapa MN 
Rhona Marie C. Noquiao, BSN, RN, MAN, LPT
Vincent C. Pananganan, MN
Joana Mariz C. Pananganan MSN
Ernyl Henry E. Redula MN

Session Description:

This chair dance challenge is a simple physical exercise that requires movement of the upper body accompanied by the beat of Visayan music while sitting on a chair. It is a fun activity that is also appropriate for nurses who are unable to stand and move their entire bodies during their busy duty schedules.


Self-Care Activity
SKT Meditation Healing Exercise

Lead By:
Somporn Kantharadussadee Triamchaisri PhD, MS, BSc

Session Description:

SKT meditation is a holistic modality for self-care and healing. It is a safe and effective intervention for communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and the end stage of life healing.  It could be practiced by nurses and older adults.


Self-Care Activity
Mary-Go-Round

Lead By:
Judith Ochieng PhD, DNP, MSN-ED, RN, FNP-BC

Session Description:

Wellness is a group effort, working in a group to enhance individual group members' health.


Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Self-Care Activity
Yoga Flow

Lead By:
Kaitlyn Adams M.Ed., 200-hour CYT, CPT

Session Description:

A simple, gentle but effective practice connecting your breath with your movements. The goal: helping to add movement into your day and body! No equipment will be necessary.


Plenary Panel
Improving Quality in Nursing Homes: It’s Time!

Christine Mueller PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Professor
University of Minnesota

Marilyn Rantz PhD, RN, FAAN
Curators’ Professor Emerita
University of Missouri

Jasmine Travers PhD, MHS, RN, AGPCNP-BC
Assistant Professor
New York University

Gregory Alexander PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Professor
Columbia University

Session Description:

Quality care in nursing homes has been a long-standing issue for decades despite recommendations in multiple reports and new regulations intended to improve the quality of care and life for residents in nursing homes. In April 2022, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine issued a comprehensive report on the quality of care in nursing homes and concluded that the way in which the United States finances, delivers, and regulates care in NH settings is ineffective, inefficient, fragmented, and unsustainable. The committee addressed this conclusion with seven goals and associated recommendations. This session will provide an overview of the report and outline a call to action for gerontological nurses to move the recommendations forward through practice, research, and policy.


Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Recognition

Patti Parker PhD, APRN, CNS, ANP, GNP-BC
Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Chair
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Arlington

Session Description:

Welcome to NHCGNE's fifth awards ceremony. We are so excited to have everyone present to honor the Distinguished Educators in Gerontological Nursing Awardees. These individuals exemplify the qualities we hold in esteem. They have proven track records working with students, faculty, care providers, and older people in diverse settings.

This recognition is not given lightly by NHCGNE, these awardees were required to complete a rigorous application and were required to provide evidence of success in their careers. 

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Mentoring the Mentors: Exploring How We Prepare Nurses to Be Mentors

Advance Practice: Mentor & Mentee Pair
Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, BC, FGSA, FAAN
Justine Sefcik, PhD, RN

Undergrad Ed: Mentor Mentee Pair
Alyce Ashcraft PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FNGNA
Donna Owen, PhD, RN

Session Description:

Chat with the mentors and mentees who have thrived professionally and personally will provide remarks on the history of their relationship and lessons learned which have enforced their successful relationship. Tips will be shared with the audience on how to establish a mentor/mentee relationship and strengthening the partnership. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. 

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Self-Care Activity
Letting Go: Neck & Shoulder Relaxation

Lead By
Lynn Woods PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Azusa Pacific University

Session Description:

Using centering, grounding and acupressure points, attendees will learn how to relax the face, neck and shoulders at a tabletop or desk. This 2–3-minute technique will relax the face, neck and shoulders. 


Poster Flash Talks

Poster #1
Audric Donald BSN Student
Emory University 

Poster #2
Mayra Sainz MPH
Emory University

Poster #3
Joan G. Carpenter PhD, CRNP, ACHPN, FPCN
University of Maryland

 

Presenter:  Audric Donald  
Poster: Exploration of Meaningful and Engaging Religious Home Activities and Practices for African American Family Caregivers and Persons Living with Dementia

Session Description: 
This poster session will describe meaningful and engaging religious activities for African American families affected by dementia to participate in. Description of ways African American families affected by dementia can engage in religious practices at home will be provided. The potential impact of these activities on the family caregiver and person living with dementia will also be discussed.


Presenter: Mayra Sainz MPH
Poster: "I Didn't Know I Needed to Be Still": The Experiences of Black Caregivers Attending Tailored Online Worship Services

Session Description: 
Religiosity is an important aspect in the lives of Black caregivers to a person living with dementia. The purpose of this study is to describe the impact of tailored online worship services on Black caregivers of persons living with dementia. Participants (n=16) partook in six, 8-minute uniquely tailored worship services. Preliminary results show caregivers reported higher levels of social support and lower levels of perceived stress after viewing the online worship videos. 


Presenter: Joan G. Carpenter PhD, CRNP, ACHPN, FPCN
Poster: A Scoping Review of Telehealth Palliative Care in Nursing Homes: Characteristics and Outcomes

Session Description:
Palliative care improves end-of-life care experiences for people living with serious illness. However, its presence in nursing homes is limited due to resource limitations. Telehealth is a care delivery modality that surmounts resource constraints; this became highly evident during COVID-19. This scoping review describes the current evidence for telehealth palliative care in nursing homes to inform future direction for research, policy, and practice


Career Advancement & Scholarship Presentations

How to Apply for GACA (HRSA)
D. Lynne Woods PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Azusa Pacific University

Butler Williams (NIA) 
Glenna Brewster Glasgow PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Emory University

Betty Irene Moore (UC Davis)
Fayron Epps PhD, RN
Emory University

Session Description: 

This session provides interested parties with information about applying for funding through these programs from those who have been successful with receiving funding and completing required elements of the program.


Informal Networking Session

Moderators
Claudia KY Lai PhD, RN, FHKCERN, FHKCGN, FAAN
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Carol Rogers RN 

Johannah Uriri-Glover, PhD
Arizona State University

Kuei-Min Chen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Kaohsiung Medical University

Session Description: 

Join this informal networking session on the topics of research, practice and education to share and discuss ideas on research, practice and education topics.  A facilitator will be present in each breakout session to support participants. 


Mary Starke Harper Excellence in Leadership Interview

Interviewer 
Kathleen Buckwalter PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emerita
University of Iowa

Interviewee
Lois Evans PhD, FAAN, RN
Professor Emerita
University of Pennsylvania 

Session Description: 

The Mary Starke Harper Distinguished Leader Interview highlights the career of a nurse whose outstanding leadership qualities and achievements serve to inspire others. The person for whom it is named—Mary Starke Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN (1919-2006)—was an American Academy of Nursing Living Legend and one of the country’s foremost authorities on mental health and aging. Harper advocated for an organized system of support for families who provided long-term care to their older adults.

The honoree this year is Lois Evans, PhD, FAAN, RN Professor Emerita, University of Pennsylvania. Lois will share valuable advice and insight into her career during her interview with Kathleen Buckwalter PhD, RN, FAAN.

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Self-Care Activity
Healing Power of Laughter

Lead By
Urszula Winkiewicz DNP, MPH, RN

Session Description: 

In this session, participants will experience the therapeutic power of laughter for self-care, as well as application in clinical practice to support health and wellbeing.

On Demand Sessions

Patients as Educators: Teaching Healthy Aging

Selena Gilles
DNP, ANP-BC, CNEcl, FNYAM
New York University 

Donna McCabe
DNP, GNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
New York University 

Session Description: 

This presentation explores the innovative teaching model, “patient as educator,” which aims to increase students’ exposure to active older adults managing aging and chronic illness through integration of patients as educators in the classroom.  Patients who actively instruct a group of students serve as experts in their disease and can offer nursing students the experience of learning these topics from the patient’s perspective.

Religion and Spirituality for Coping in Stress and Illness: Findings for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment and Dementia and their Caregivers

Katherine Carroll Britt
PhD, MSN, RN
University of Pennsylvania

Session Description: 

Religion and spirituality are often used for coping in times of stress, illness, and uncertainty and are associated with better mental and physical health. There are many ways to utilize religion and spirituality for building resilience and to decrease stress. This session will describe current research findings on health outcomes for religious and spiritual activities in present literature.

Examining Quality of Life in Older Adults Living Near a Rock Quarry in a Historically Black Community in Nashville, Tennessee

Jade P. Vergara
MSN, AGPCNP-C
Vanderbilt University

Sara Bernstein
MSHN
Vanderbilt University

Hailey Puckett
MPH
Vanderbilt University

Session Description: 

Healthy People 2030 identifies the role of neighborhood and built environment as a social determinant of health. Within a historically black community in Nashville, Tennessee, residents have voiced concerns about living near a rock quarry. Scientific literature reports a correlation between exposure to rock quarries and health disparities; however, quality-of-life is understudied.

Shawn Ruiz
BA
Vanderbilt University

Mary Recio
BS
Vanderbilt University

Callie Hall
BS
Vanderbilt University

Calling All Nurse Leaders to Prepare the Next Generation of Board-Certified Geriatric Nurses

Alison Kris
PhD, RN, FGSA
Fairfield University 

Deanna Gray-Miceli
PhD, GNP-BC, FANP, FAAN, FNAP, FGSA
Jefferson University

Session Description: 

The need for board-certified geriatric nurses, and scholars to be, has never been more imperative. Each day 10,000 older Americans turn 65 years of age (AOA, 2022). Exemplary care to older adults best occurs by professional nurses trained to provide quality care. By obtaining gerontological certification, nurses gain power similar to board-certified advanced practice nurses. Some institutors give a bonus or differential pay raise for certification. These nurses will be further recognized if they are affiliated with a Magnet hospital that supports certification for professional development. Through the NHCGNE, Distinguished Nurse Educators- SIG, senior board-certified nurse educators, researchers, and practitioners can leverage their ongoing relationships in academe to recruit board-certified geriatric nurses. This session highlights a discussion of thoughts from nurse experts and leaders who have recruited professional nurses to become board-certified geriatric nurses. We discuss and share primary challenges, evidence-based approaches and lessons learned.

Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home Model: A Case Study of an Academic-Nursing Home Partnership

Marie Boltz
PhD, GNP-BC, FAAN
Pennsylvania State University 

Donna Fick
PhD, RN, FAA
Pennsylvania State University 

Sierra Funk
DNP, MSN, RN
Pennsylvania State University 

Nicole Peterson
DNP, ARNP
Pennsylvania State University 

Andrew Naugle
NHA
Centre Care Rehabilitation and Wellness Services

Session Description: 

This session will provide an overview of the history of the teaching nursing home, and a recent initiative to implement the model in a pilot project funded by the Hartford Foundation and Jewish Healthcare Foundation. The session will describe the core components of the project and the partnership of a college of nursing and a nursing home (NH).  The nursing home administrator and gerontological nursing faculty (graduate and under-graduate) will present the objectives of the project, key strategies

The Stigma of Aging and Dementia: Transforming Care Through Leadership

María de los Ángeles Ortega
DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CDP, FAANP, FAAN
Florida Atlantic University

Session Description: 

Educational session bringing awareness to the critical concepts of ageism and the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD). Described topics will be presented from a diversity, inclusivity, health equity, caring based framework. A nurse designed and led caring science-based model of dementia specific care will be described as an exemplar of the significant impact gerontological nursing leadership can have in optimizing the health and quality of life of older adults and communities from diverse backgrounds living with AD/ADRD, including their family caregivers, and on our commitment to advance nursing science, optimize care and improve public health.

Creating a Resilient Workforce as a Nurse Leader – Promoting Wellness in both Nurse and Patient

Julie Hall
MSN, RN

Bassett Healthcare Network

Session Description: 

Nurse Leaders and emerging leaders need to understand how to best create a resilient workforce and provide an environment in which the frontline can be supported to learn about self-care. A healthy workforce promotes wellness in patient outcomes, in our communities, and specifically in our aging populations. Nurse Leaders need upstream approaches to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to combat concerns they face such as nursing shortages, turnover, vacancy, professional development needs, and cultivating new leaders. The successful nurse leader can triumph through these challenges with proven solutions for their team and the patients in which they provide care for improved health and outcomes.

SOCIAL SUPPORT AMONG LGBT OLDER ADULTS DURING COVID-19: A QUALITATIVE DESCRIPTIVE STUDY

Kelseanne Bredner
MSN PhD RN
New York University 

Session Description: 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has steadily emerged
as a central way by which older adults seek and experience
social support. However, relatively few studies have explored the ways in which older adults utilize technology for social support and the social deficits that occur when technology-facilitated
social support is the primary means of social contact. This
qualitative study applies The Convoy Model of Social Relations to explore the ways in which LGBT+ older adults used technology for social support during the June 2020 COVID-19 lock-down. Given the unique timing of this study, our findings have important implications for social isolation resulting from age-related mobility restrictions or geographic distances among minority groups. In this educational session, we highlight the strategies for social resilience demonstrated by our participant cohort and point out social support deficits imposed by the COVID-19 lock-down.

USING STORYTELLING TO INCREASE NURSE'S KNOWLEDGE IN CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS

Michele J Boucher
DNP, MS, RN-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center

Lynn Woods
PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Azusa Pacific University

Session Description: 

This project addresses the question: For leaders of professional development and education focused on acute care and ambulatory practice, who have not had specialty geriatric training, how does using case-based/story-telling education for the care of patients 65 years and older affect confidence levels of the 4 M’s (mentation, mobility, what matters and medication) of elder care?

Exploring the Use of a Web-Based Program Among Older Adults Prescribed Oral Anticancer Agents

Victoria Marshall
PhD, RN
University of South Florida

Tina Mason
PhD, APRN, AOCN, AOCNS, FCNS
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Laura A. Szalacha
EdD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Session Description: 

This session will discuss the convenience and challenges of treatment with oral anticancer agents (OAA) among the older adult population, 65 years and older. Patient reported outcomes specific to treatment with OAAs will be reviewed including satisfaction with information, symptoms, and self-efficacy for managing medication. Additionally, information sharing and knowledge gaps of OAA treatment between patients and oncology health care providers (OHCP) will be discussed. Perceptions of web-based program design features that can assist in OAA management as well as the prevalence of patient technology ownership and use are described. Implications for nursing and future research will be reviewed.

Decreasing Stress in Direct Care Staff by Increasing Engagement and Connectedness with Residents Experiencing Dementia in Assisted Living Facilities

Lynn Woods
PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Azusa Pacific University

Session Description: 

This session focuses on the CALM intervention (therapeutic communication and therapeutic touch) used by direct care staff (DCS) for residents in Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) with behavioral symptoms of dementia (BSD). Preliminary evidence links stress and BSD modified by CALM in both resident and DCS. Additionally, CALM increases DCS engagement and connected measured by oxytocin.  

Decreasing Stress in Direct Care Staff by Increasing Engagement and Connectedness with Residents Experiencing Dementia in Assisted Living Facilities

Lynn Woods
PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Azusa Pacific University

Session Description: 

This session focuses on the CALM intervention (therapeutic communication and therapeutic touch) used by direct care staff (DCS) for residents in Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) with behavioral symptoms of dementia (BSD). Preliminary evidence links stress and BSD modified by CALM in both resident and DCS. Additionally, CALM increases DCS engagement and connected measured by oxytocin.  

Decreasing Stress in Direct Care Staff by Increasing Engagement and Connectedness with Residents Experiencing Dementia in Assisted Living Facilities

Lynn Woods
PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Azusa Pacific University

Session Description: 

This session focuses on the CALM intervention (therapeutic communication and therapeutic touch) used by direct care staff (DCS) for residents in Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) with behavioral symptoms of dementia (BSD). Preliminary evidence links stress and BSD modified by CALM in both resident and DCS. Additionally, CALM increases DCS engagement and connected measured by oxytocin.  


Posters

Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home: Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Working in Long-Term Care and Suggestions for Improvement

Brianna Morgan*
MSN, CRNP 
University of Pennsylvania

Kierra Foley
MA, BSN, RN
University of Pennsylvania

Chelsea Dickson
BA
University of Pennsylvania

Howard B. Degenholtz,
PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Ann Kolanowski
PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Hodgson
PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania

Kim Strauch
MSN, RN, ANP-BC
University of Pennsylvania

Session Description: 

Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home aims to address the long-term care workforce shortage by introducing nursing students to geriatric nursing while also improving quality of care within nursing homes. Undergraduate and graduate nursing students at three universities in Pennsylvania participated in clinical experiences at nursing homes during spring 2022. At the beginning and end of the semester, students rated their competence in multiple clinical areas. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Additionally, students completed an open-ended “activity feedback” form after each nursing home clinical experience. Data from these forms were coded qualitatively using conventional and directed content analysis using the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Professional Nursing Education. Analysis of student responses to quantitative surveys found that students self-rated competencies improved in all areas except eliciting resident values. Results of the qualitative analysis showed that students’ takeaways encompassed 7 of 8 key concepts in the AACN Essentials. Students provided numerous suggestions for improving their clinical experiences including facilitated learning from instructors and supported engagement with nursing home staff. Students emphasized that applying new skills in the nursing home setting is more challenging than anticipated and benefits from onsite hands-on instruction. One recommendation from the qualitative findings is to enhance the role of clinical preceptors in this setting.

Prayer and Compassionate Love: Impact on Psychological Well-being in Later Life

Nirmala Lekhak
PhD, RN
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Tirth Bhatta
PhD
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 

Session Description: 

This poster session will explain the use of prayer as a self-care strategy for later life psychological well-being. It will also explain the role of compassionate love in the relationship between prayer and psychological well-being.

Using Co-Lecturing Approach to Engage Nursing Students In Promoting Healthy Aging

Maggie MK Chan*
DHSc, RN, FHKAN (Gerontology)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Janet YH Wong
PhD, FHKCHSE, FCHSM
Hong Kong Metropolitan University

Kelvin MP Wang
PhD, FAAN
University of Hong Kong

Cecilia TY Sit
DN, FHEA, FHKCHSE
University of Hong Kong

Simon Cooper
PhD, FHEA
Federation University

Tyrone TO Kwok
PhD
University of Hong Kong

YF Shea
MBBS
Queen Mary Hospital

Henry Chan
BSc 
University of Hong Kong

Celine SL Ngai
MPH
University of Hong Kong

To CT Fok
BSc
University of Hong Kong

 

Session Description: 

This poster session will explain the use of prayer as a self-care strategy for later life psychological well-being. It will also explain the role of compassionate love in the relationship between prayer and psychological well-being.

Active Older Adult Wellness

Robingale Panepinto
DNP, RN
Vanderbilt University

Cathy A. Maxwell
PhD, RN, FAAN
Vanderbilt University

Julie Perry
PhD, RN
Vanderbilt University

Session Description: 

After conducting a needs assessment, student nurses implemented a 5-week series aimed at improving health and wellness of active older adults attending a local YMCA in District 7 of Metro Nashville (TN). This session will present the series’ topics, format of delivery, and challenges/successes encountered. Older participants’ readiness to make lifestyle change was determined through post-series surveys in which attendees identified specific health-related behaviors that they would engage in as a result of knowledge gained. Lessons learned from delivery of the series will be presented and will inform future development and implementation of the topics with a new cohort of students.

Building Capacity for Leadership in Geriatric Nursing Through an Older Adult Specialty Interest Scholars (OASIS) Immersion Experience

Cheryl Lacasse
PhD, RN, AOCNS
University of Arizona

Linda Perez
MAdmin., RN
University of Arizona

Kimberly Shea
PhD, RN, CHPN
University of Arizona

Mary O’Connell
MA, RN, PHN
University of Arizona 

Laurel Bilbo
MSN/Ed., RN
University of Arizona

Linda Phillips
PhD, RN
University of Arizona

Session Description: 

This presentation describes a dynamic summer intensive curriculum for entry level nursing students from diverse backgrounds using the framework of the 4Ms of Age-friendly Health Systems. The curriculum includes engaging learning activities focused on multiple dimensions of healthy aging and leadership development in gerontological nursing. The impact of course content, application activities, and fieldwork on student-centered learning outcomes and competency achievement will be reviewed.  This educational model provides a blueprint for building nursing workforce capacity for supporting and leading care in diverse aging populations.



Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care for the Older Adult: An Integrated Review

Tarah Fron
MPH, BSN, RN
Colorado Mesa University

Erin Donovan
Ed.D, MSN, RN
Colorado Mesa University

Session Description: 

The aim of this exploratory integrated systematic literature review was to explore accessibility to integrated behavioral health services in primary care with older adults. Oftentimes older adults did seek mental health care from primary care offices even though mental illness was often undertreated and/or were misdiagnosed. Many barriers were found including a lack of resources, negative stigmas towards mental health, and minimal education of medical staff. However, results were limited. 

The Value of a Person with Dementia Co-Teaching an Interprofessional Dementia Elective

Michelle Kimzey
PhD, MS, RN
Texas Christian University

Beth Mastel-Smith
PhD, MS, RN
University of Texas at Tyler 

McKenzie Mock
Undergraduate Student
Texas Christian University

Session Description: 

This session is about a study exploring the value of having an expert by experience living with dementia co-teach a course on dementia. Students went from concern and apprehension to respect and empathy as the course evolved. The qualitative study results proved this interaction reduced dementia stigma and increased knowledge and much more.

Designing a Coding Scheme for Video Analysis of Older Adults Engaged in Robot-Mediated Activities

Emily Latshaw
Undergraduate Student
Ohio State University

Miroslava Migovich
Graduate Student, Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lab
Vanderbilt University

Ritam Ghosh
Graduate Student, Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lab
Vanderbilt University

Nibras Khan
Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lab
Vanderbilt University

Cathy Maxwell
PhD, RN, FAAN
Vanderbilt University

Nilanjan Sarkar
PhD
Vanderbilt University

Lorraine C. Mion
PhD, RN, FAAN
Ohio State University

Judith A Tate
PhD, RN, FAAN
Ohio State University

Session Description: 

In this session, we will describe the iterative process of coding behavioral data and the use of participant-centered design to refine socially assistive robot (SAR) mediated activities for older adults residing in long-term care (LTC).

Ageism: Toward an Inclusive Lens

Sarah McKiddy
BSN
University of Washington

Aaron Rosser
BS, BA
University of Washington

Basia Belza
PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
University of Washington

Session Description: 

Ageism’s conceptual clarity must be carefully defined for its dissemination across all government, healthcare, institutions, and platforms. The veracity and applicability of this clarity are determined by including perspectives from diverse, underrepresented communities, and lived experiences. Therefore, an exploration of how to diversify approaches to disrupting ageism in a way that meets underexamined and culturally diverse needs is indicated.  

Dementia-Friendly in Context of Hospitalization: A Concept Analysis

Ellen Munsterman
MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC
University of Pennsylvania

Pam Cacchione
PhD, CRNP, BC, FGSA, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Hodgson
PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania

Adriana Perez
PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania

Session Description: 

This session will review the results of a concept analysis on the topic of dementia-friendly in the context of hospitalization. The analysis involves identifying antecedents, attributes, and consequences of the concept. A definition for the concept of dementia-friendly is proposed.

The Influence of Patient Functional Status and Depression on Strain Perceived by Caregivers of Older Women who are Diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Janine Overcash
PhD, CNP-APRN, FAANP, FAAN
Ohio State University

Mallory Johnston
Student Nurse
Ohio State University

Loraine Sinnott
PhD
Ohio State University

Nicole Williams
MD
Ohio State University

Session Description: 

This poster will illustrate care recipient and caregiver factors that can influence caregiver strain. This retrospective study included older women diagnosed with breast cancer and their caregivers.   The relationship of depression and functional status in the care recipient and the strain perceived by the caregiver were evaluated.  Caregiver factors such as age, employment status and being an only caregiver were also evaluated. Care recipients with less functional ability and more depression led to increased caregiver strain.  Employment status and older age of the caregiver impacted strain.  The clinical implications of this study are that nurses should assess strain perceived by the caregiver particularly in cases where the care recipient has less functional ability and may be experiencing depression. 

Changing Myths About Aging and Readiness for Interprofessional Education in Family Nurse Practitioner Students

David V. Picella
PhD, GS-C, CNS, FNP
Azusa Pacific University 

Diana Lynn Woods
PhD, APRN, FGSA, FAAN
Azusa Pacific University 

Session Description: 

The session presents the results of a 4-week educational program given to final semester Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students that was designed to explore myths about aging and readiness for interprofessional education (IPE). FNP students were found to hold strong ageist beliefs and where unprepared for IPE. Suggestions for addressing aging myths and promoting IPE are presented.

A Qualitative Examination of Factors Associated with Caregivers’ Emotional Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anisha Sheth
MPH
Emory University 

Elizabeth Hsieh
Emory University 

Glenna Brewster
PhD, RN, FNP
Emory University 

Session Description: 

This session discusses some themes associated with emotional challenges of caregivers of persons living with dementia. Caregivers were interviewed during the COVID19 pandemic. The session will conclude by discussing how these findings can guide researchers and healthcare providers in supporting caregivers of persons living with dementia potentially improve caregivers’ emotional health.   

Telephone-Coached Bibliotherapy for Informal Caregivers of People with Dementia: The Influencing Mechanism on Caregivers’ Psychological Well-Being

Shanshan Wang, PhD, RN
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Daphne Sze Ki Cheung, PhD, RN
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Isaac Sze Him Leung, PhD
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Angela Yee Man Leung, PhD
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Session Description: 

Dementia informal caregiving is a global phenomenon. It is well documented that caregivers’ psychological well-being is often affected by busy caregiving schedules, causing low well-being status. Telephone-coached bibliotherapy, a self-help intervention, may improve caregivers’ psychological well-being. However, the effect among Chinese dementia caregivers is still unsure, and the influencing mechanism is under-explored. From Lawton’s two-factor model, caregiving appraisal (in forms of caregiving satisfaction, mastery, impact, and burden) is a key driver to mediating caregiving outcomes, such as caregiver psychological well-being. However, the possible role of caregiving appraisal as a mechanism of change in bibliotherapy has not been examined.


The present study attempts to meet the global demand for accessible, efficacious, and effective interventions to enhance the psychological well-being of informal caregivers of people with dementia. Exploring the mechanism of change in psychological well-being may provide insight for future research and practice.

Creating Meaningful Social Engagement to Strengthen Seniors’ Cognitive Health—Introducing the Brain Booster Café

Bob Hanley 
BSN Student

Session Description: 

Online brain games have become a popular go-to strategy for supporting the cognitive health of older adults in retirement communities. The problem is that online brain games have been shown to not necessarily strengthen cognitive health. In developing the Brain Booster Café Program our goal was to create a socialization program for retirement communities that would strengthen older adults’ cognitive health, increase their personal agency, and empower their personal decision making.