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VA Connection Plans
Do you know an older Veteran at risk of, or dealing with, social isolation?  From VISN 5 MIRECC, VA Connection Plans is an intervention designed to help older adults practice behaviors that increase feelings of social connection and well being. Learn more about VA Connection Plans here.

The Rural Connection
The Veterans Health Administration Office of Rural Health's (ORH) is providing innovation in service delivery options for rural Veterans.  In this latest issue, read about the increasing access to Physical Therapy for older Veterans and the discussions on improving health care access for minority rural Veterans.  These and many more can be found in the Summer 2021 issue here.

COVID-19 Military Support Initiative
A united, national platform to provide resources and expertise to support communities, states, and military families through this crisis.  Learn more here.

Resources for Managing Stress during COVID-19
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can take an emotional as well as a physical toll on any of us.  But there are strategies that can help with stress, grief, and anxiety.  From the VA's National Center for PTSD, links to information and resources to support self-care, the work of providers and responders, and community efforts.  Go to the resources here.

Cognitive Impairment, an Education Guide
For the older adult and their families, learn about different types of cognitive impairments & diseases and when and where to seek professional help. Go to the guide here.

Resources in geriatrics for hospitalists
There is a new section on the homepage of the Geriatric Scholars Community of curated topics appropriate to hospitalists who work with older adults.  Registration, at no cost, is required at

Gerofit: Veterans in Action
From the Durham GRECC, Gerofit is a supervised exercise program with online resources to promote health and wellness for older Veterans.  Learn about Gerofit here.

Brain Health and Quality of Life in Aging: Tips on Staying Sharp and Active
This is a patient education brochure from VA's Geriatrics and Extended Care services.  The brochure lists reasons for problems with memory and details a few ways you can help. Download this brochure here to share with the older adult in your life. 

Caregiver Training Videos of Challenging Behaviors
From the Multicampus Programs in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, a series of videos to help caregivers in understanding and managing behaviors associated with dementia. Go to the website here.

Rural MIRECC YouTube Channel
Check out the variety of training videos, focused on geriatric care, accessible at the VA Rural Mental Illness Research, Education, Clinical Center (MIRECC) YouTube channel.  Click to the channel here.

Caregivers Video Series
To educate and aid caregivers of older Veterans, the VHA Office of Rural Health funded caregivers video series, each of which are broken up into modules on specific topics ranging from dementia to home safety.  Go to the video series here.

Available Trainings

Healthcare Planning and Management for Older Adults with Dementia - free accredited e-learning course
The purpose of this vignette is to present a clinical case study in healthcare planning and management of older adults with dementia.  Case studies are a mechanism to obtain the most amount of clinically relevant information in geriatric care in the least amount of learner time.  For registration and access: VA staff click here.  Non-VA staff click here.

Impact of COVID-19 on Dementia Care: Lessons Learned From Providers - free accredited online course
The purpose of this recorded knowledge based 3 hour webinar is to provide healthcare
teams with an opportunity for interdisciplinary learning to improve dementia care management in the time of COVID-19. For registration and access: VA staff click here.  Non-VA staff click here.

Next Steps in Assessment of Patients Diagnosed with Dementia: A Holistic Approach - free accredited online course
This is a 3 hour self-paced interdisciplinary learning opportunity to improve dementia care management throughout the VA system and community partnerships.  It also utilize innovative technology to increase access to patient-centered education for providers nationwide.  For registration and access: VA Staff click here.  Non-VA staff click here.

The Program for Advancing Cognitive disorders Education for Rural Staff (PACERS) - free accredited e-learning courses
From the VISN 16 MIRECC, the ORH funded PACERS - a FREE series of 6 accredited e-learning courses.  PACERS is an education program for health care staff who care for Veterans with cognitive disorders and their caregivers.  While this program targets rural health care staff, providers working in any setting can benefit from this information.  Visit the VISN 16 MIRECC website for more information and registration.  Click here.

Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Educational opportunities include:
* Free monthly Care Connection Webinar Series for Caregivers:  August 12, 1:00pm to 2:00pmET - Exploring Demensions of Spirituality & Dementia. For more information and to register, click here.

* Missed a Care Connection Webinar? Available archived recordings - visit
* On site trainings for organizations - visit
* Virtual Dementia Tour for groups - visit
* 6 hour DVD training through Dementia Care professionals of America (DCPA) division

A new online educational game for the assessment and management of PAIN in the older adult from the San Antonio Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), South Texas Veterans Health Care System

Try This: Assessing Etiology of Orthostatic Hypotension in Older Adults
Orthostatic hypotension is common in older adults and may lead to falls, diminished function and decreased quality of life. Assessing for the etiology of orthostatic hypotension may help identify reversible causes and expedite possible treatment.

An Empathy Video That Asks You To Stand in Someone Else's Shoes
If you could stand in someone else's shoes... Hear what they hear.  See what they see.  Feel what they feel.  Would you treat them differently?

Panel discussion video by tribal care providers
This video is of the panel discussion by tribal care providers who have used the REACH into Indian Country program. The program is an award winning, evidence-based program to support caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.


Featured Programs

Geriatric Scholars Community
Geriatric Scholars Community is a virtual learning community for primary care providers and staff. It facilitates interactive, interdisciplinary learning and fosters an environment that allows health care staff to join a community of practice. Flexible course materials include archived webinars, videos, discussion forums, and comprehensive toolkits for download.

Log onto and create a free user profile, then you may join any course at no cost.    

End of Life
Interdisciplinary Teamwork
Rural Health
Sexual Health
Chronic Disease
Caregiver Issues with Dementia
Transitional Care for Older Adults
Medication Management
Mental Health: Delirium in Older Adults
Elder Abuse 
Depression in Older Adults
Nutrition and Physical Activity in Older Adults


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