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....
Aging & Dementia Care
Approach To Aging That Stands The Test Of Time
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).
At the School of Nursing, all pre-licensure students are required to take "Nursing Care for Older Adults Across the Continuum," in their first semester. "We see that as an essential competency for every nurse who graduates from Hopkins," says Associate Professor Elizabeth Tanner.
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.
Our Experts on Aging & Dementia Care
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
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
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.
Healthy Patterns Sleep Study
Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative condition, affecting also close to 15 million family caregivers. The goal of this study is to educate both individuals with dementia and their caregivers about healthy sleeping patterns and ways to improve overall well-being.
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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....