Join the Grand Challenge in Dementia Care
According to Healthy People 2020, up to 5.1 million Americans aged 65 years and older have Alzheimer’s disease, and these numbers are predicted to more than double by 2050 unless more effective ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease are found (Herbert, Scherr, Bienias et al., 2003). In North Carolina, an estimated 170,000 older adults suffer from dementia, with that number expected to rise to 300,000 by 2030.
According to the IOM report, only 4% of social workers, and less than 1% of RNs, pharmacists, physicians, physicians’ assistants specialize in geriatrics. Subsequently, most clinicians often fail to recognize and document cognitive disorders, despite their influence on key patient outcomes. We therefore invite you to the Geriatric Grand Challenge Institute, to enhance your knowledge of dementia, build practical skills to improve your interactions with patients, and develop leadership skills to help you influence practice change around you. We hope this innovative educational program is the catalyst that encourages health professions to move beyond the current situation, where we have pockets of excellence in providing dementia care, yet little consistent depth in teaching health care professionals basic skills needed to care for this population, toward a model where health professions share a common set of competencies in caring for older adults with cognitive impairment.
The Geriatric Grand Challenge Institute (GGCI) will facilitate the bringing together of diverse perspectives and skills to create a critical mass of health care professionals who when confronted with challenges in caring for people with dementia, use an evidence-based set of approaches consistently across settings of care to optimize outcomes. The GGCI was developed based on the successful Geriatric Nursing Innovations in Education (GNIE) Institute. GNIE focused on enhancing registered nurses’ geriatric knowledge and clinical leadership skills to enable them to influence practice change. The new Geriatric Grand Challenge Institute invites RNs and their colleagues from other health professions to learn together how they might enhance care outcomes of older adults. The inter-professional participants will apply their knowledge by designing an evidence-based quality improvement initiative within their setting, with coaching from the GGCI faculty. This mentored experience has been a successful component of the GNIE Institute and remains an essential learning component of the new GGCI.
The GGCI will offer two core curriculum programs and one advanced program over the next three years. (Day one scheduled for March 7, 2013, additional dates and information to be posted in early November.)
Target Audience: Nurses, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacists, social workers, administrators, educators
Program design: Four days of face to face and distance-based learning sessions provided over the course of 9 months.
Educational content: Gero-specific clinical content, practical skills in communicate and interact with patients with dementia, and inter-professional clinical leadership skills.
Mentoring Participants will be coached through the development and implementation of a quality improvement project within their organization.
Targeted Counties Durham, Lenoir and Surry and surrounding areas
The term “grand challenges” was coined in the 1980s. Grand Challenges are complex problems with broad impact that require a concerted effort of diverse perspectives and skills to resolve. The philosophy behind “Grand Challenges” is that by defining a problem well and facilitating innovative approaches to its management, a wide array of problem-solvers will focus their attention on developing sustainable, effective solutions (USAID, 2012). The rapidly expanding number of older adults with cognitive impairment is a pressing global health challenge. This challenge is growing in significance as dementing disorders often present serious impediments to delivering needed health care, including the management of common diseases such as diabetes and heart failure. With the passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA; USGPO, 2011), dementia is now recognized as an important, persistent problem among older adults, that is growing in prevalence. Dementia’s impact is multi-faceted, affecting clinical, social, and family outcomes. Dementia care therefore qualifies as exactly the type of issue that requires the concentrated effort called for in a Grand Challenge approach.
preparing an adequate workforce for the needs of an aging society is one of the premiere challenges our country will face in the coming decades.
“Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce” Institute of Medicine 2008
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, INCLUDING REGISTRATION INFORMATION PROCEED TO: http://coegne.nursing.duke.edu/gnie/training-details