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The Hudson Valley Rural Geriatric Education Collaborative (HVRGEC) Learning Resource Catalog, 1st Edition
A compilation of educational resources that provides evidence-based interprofessional materials to supplement continuing education in geriatrics.  The HVRGEC program aims to prepare associated health and medical trainees to provide high quality healthcare to older rural Veterans.  The catalog contains toolkits, PowerPoint presentations, scholarly articles, videos, webinars, and podcasts.  Topics covered include dementia, comprehensive geriatric assessment, medication management, mental health, and falls prevention.  This catalog was developed by the HVRGEC curriculum team at the James J Peters VA Medical Center and the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Spring 2013. 

Geriatrics, Palliative Care and Interprofessional Teamwork
The VISN 2 GRECC Associated Health Seminar Series is a weekly lunchtime seminar for Master’s prepared associated health trainees with clinical field placements at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Trainees who participate in the program represent the fields of Social Work, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Audiology. Since the Associated Health Seminar Series is a Geriatric focused program, participating trainees have an expressed interest in Geriatrics and Gerontology and welcome the opportunity for the concentrated learning that supplements their field practicum and classroom work. The seminar includes a range of topics relating to Geriatrics, Gerontology, Palliative Care, and Interprofessional Teamwork.

Geriatric Mental Health Disaster Preparedness and Response
The need for education and training related to bioterrorism, emergency preparedness and aging has become an important issue for healthcare providers of older adults. The effects of disasters on older persons are far-ranging and may include acute injury or illness and an increase in morbidity and mortality due to exacerbation of already-existing chronic disability. Psychological effects which may occur include anxiety, isolation, insomnia, depression, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder syndrome, and suicide. Indirect effects of disasters include loss of home, access to transportation and emergency services, and services, such as home delivered meals and home care.

Rural Geriatric Education and Mental Health Curriculum
An interdisciplinary health care team brings together a group of individuals with diverse training and education to work on an identified task. These health care teams can include doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners and registered nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physician assistants, physical therapists, social workers, nutritionists, and clergy. Team members collaborate to address patient problems that are too complex for one discipline, or even many sequential disciplines, to solve. At the most basic level, effective teamwork depends on the ability of members to determine the overall mission, establish shared and explicit goals, and work collaboratively to define and treat patient problems. Ideally, teams can also learn to accept and make use of disciplinary differences, differential amounts and types of power, and overlapping roles to clarify and evaluate the team's development and effectiveness.

Working with Older Adults: Charting the Future of Workforce Training and Education
in New York

As we prepare for the impact of the increasing numbers of older adults in New York on our programs, services, and products, one of the pressing issues that calls for attention is preparing the workforce -- reviewing current practices and considering future needs in training and education about older adults. In 2005, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) and the State Society on Aging of New York State (SSANY) surveyed all institutions of higher education in New York State to find out about gerontology-based majors, aging-related programs, and free-standing courses that are available at colleges and universities across the state. The results of that project were stark, indicating a scarcity of degree programs, certificate programs, free-standing courses, and credential in aging studies program at New York’s colleges and universities. Yet, appropriate workforce training and education are needed for effective aging service delivery, and this need will continue and grow as we see the numbers of older adults increase and diversify in New York State.

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce
The nation faces an impending health care crisis as the number of older patients with more complex health needs increasingly outpaces the number of health care providers with the knowledge and skills to adequately care for them. As the nation's baby boomers turn 65 and older and are living longer lives, fundamental changes in the health care system need to take place, and greater financial resources need to be committed to ensure they can receive high-quality care. Right now, the nation is not prepared to meet the social and health care needs of elderly people. The Institute of Medicine charged the ad hoc Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans to determine the health care needs of Americans over 65 years of age and to assess those needs through an analysis of the forces that shape the health care workforce, including education and training, models of care, and public and private programs. The resulting report says that as the population of seniors grows to comprise approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population, they will face a health care workforce that is too small and critically unprepared to meet their health needs.


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