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Aging & Dementia Care

Approach To Aging That Stands The Test Of Time

In 15 years, 1 in 5 Americans will be 65 or older. And by 2040, perhaps 28 million will be 80 or older. Improving care for the elderly and defining nursing’s lead role won’t wait until then.

Hopkins Nursing’s Center for Innovative Care in Aging is already leading the way through education (“Issues in Aging” as a core competency for all students, a Summer Research Institute that teaches the trailblazers, massive open online courses on dementia and psychological issues of older adults that reach tens of thousands across the globe); research (from fall prevention to dementia intervention to a “guided care” treatment approach), and practice (from CAPABLE, a program that keeps seniors safe in their own homes longer, to Fuld Fellows and the student-based Geriatric Interest Group, dedicated to enhancing knowledge on nurse roles and quality and safety of care). 

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Center for Innovative Care in Aging

Center for Innovative Care in Aging

The Center for Innovative Care in Aging uses novel approaches to enhance the yield of programs, policies, practices, and tools to help diverse older adults and family members remain healthy, independent, and living in their own homes and communities.

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Research Projects

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  • Dementia Behavior Study
    Dementia Behavior Study

    Agitation, anger, anxiety, irritability, pacing, refusing needed help, or asking questions over and over are common behaviors in persons with dementia. Difficult to manage, they can negatively impact the quality-of-life of both the person with dementia and the family member. Study evaluates ways to help families manage challenging behaviors of persons with dementia who are living at home.

  • Community Aging in Place Advanced Better Living for Elders
    CAPABLE Study

    With the number of older adults expected to double to 71 million by 2030, reducing the societal burden of age-related chronic disease is crucial. This client-centered home-based intervention aims to increase mobility, functionality, and capacity to "age in place" for low-income older adults.

  • Cancer Patient Navigation Study
    Cancer Patient Navigation Study

    An investigation of whether Community Health Worker assistance will help cancer patients over the age of 60 who live in rural areas and the people who support them to have an improved experience during and after cancer treatment.

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Addressing the Needs of the Community

Community programs and collaborations, such as the Isaiah Wellness Center and the Care Center at Bayview, address the needs of low-income, aging residents in Baltimore City.
The student-based Geriatric Interest Group (GIG) launched in 2004; the group currently has over 240 members. Learn More About GIG

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Nursing Blogs
SON Nursing
December 1, 2014

Pick a holiday – any holiday – at this time of year, and thoughts turn to family, of bringing the generations together to re-live memories and make new ones. For many families, this means bringing a grandparent, a parent, an aunt, or a cousin with dementia home from a full-time care facility or assuring that persons with dementia living at home are able to meaningfully participate in festivities....

July 31, 2014

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the M. Powell Lawton Award by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging....

Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine
December 04, 2014
The following is excerpted from the upcoming issue of Johns Hopkins Nursing magazine: On Oct. 16, when a nurse from a Texas hospital took to the national media to decry unsafe conditions for workers exposed to the Ebola virus, the echoes …
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