Program Details

The GGCI Institute

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.


GGCI Advanced Curriculum

The Geriatric Grand Challenge Institute (GGCI) Advanced Curriculum in Dementia Care aims to help health care professionals deepen their knowledge and skills regarding family-centered, team-based dementia care.  By participating in the GGCI Advanced Curriculum you will develop in-depth knowledge of the levels of cognitive function seen across the various stages of illness.  You will learn practical dementia care approaches tailored to the patients’ current cognitive level.  You will also have the opportunity to develop greater mastery of active learning approaches to teach others evidence-based care techniques.  And finally, you will enhance your ability to work within an inter-professional team to implement care innovations through the exploration of interprofessional competencies.  


Curriculum Objectives

  1. Evaluate how approaches to verbal communication, cuing and assisting the person with dementia should be modified in early, mid-stage and advanced dementia.

  2. Use a systematic approach to interpret behaviors of people with dementia as the foundation for preventing and managing behavioral symptoms .

  3. Discuss patient-centered communication strategies  and methods of structuring a daily routine that reduce risky behaviors of people with dementia, especially in the late afternoon/early evening,

  4. Discuss approaches to incorporate family and informal caregivers as active members of the care team.

  5. Demonstrate ability to teach key care approaches to all members of the care team using approaches such as modeling, coaching, scaffolding, articulation, reflection, and exploration.

  6. Explore root causes of health disparities in dementia prevention, diagnosis and care.

  7. Discuss how enhanced competency in the  Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) domains (Values/Ethics, Roles and Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication Practices, and Interprofessional Teamwork) improves collaboration in dementia care in early, mid-stage, and advanced dementia.

  8. Analyze the benefits and challenges of implementing proactive systematic approaches to dementia care into current systems of care.

  9. Describe the complicated influences on behavior changes of people with dementia that occur in the late afternoon/early evening, commonly known as “sundowning”


The Advanced Curriculum is a 4 day series with 2 optional workshops.  Days one & two will be held in November 2014 and Days three & four will be held in February 2015.  Registration fee for the four day program:$199.  Each optional worshop registration fee: $40.00. Details are as follows:

Four Day Advanced Curriculum in Dementia Care

Day 1:    Thursday November 13th                              Day 3:    Thursday February 19th

1:00-7:00pm                                                                       1:00-7:00pm

Day 2:    Friday November 14th                                    Day 4:    Friday February 20th     

8:30-3:00pm                                                                       8:30-3:00pm      


Optional Workshop #1: Communication and Cueing Strategies in Dementia Care

(Review of Positive Physical Approach/Connect method and how to teach others)

Thursday November 13th


Optional Workshop #2: “Developing Your Proposal Writing Skills”

(Learn how to obtain support for your innovative ideas)

Thursday February 19th



Program Location: Hyatt Place Hotel – Durham Southpoint  - overnight accommodations available.  Discounted rate of $99 per night available until November 3rd..

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