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October 22, 2013 
Pre-Conference Institutes
This year we are pleased to introduce the following:
Promoting Gerontological Scholarship in Teaching-intensive Institutions
Eric A. Goedereis, Brian J. Ayotte
Our session has two primary goals: 1) discuss strategies aimed at overcoming issues facing gerontology researchers in teaching-intensive institutions, and 2) outline specific ways to provide students with an enriched, hands-on, learning experience through participation in the research process. Specifically, we will focus on three topics. First, we will identify strategies for developing and running an active and productive undergraduate research programs that give students opportunities for growth and professional development. Next, we will discuss ways to develop collaborative research relationships as a way to overcome some of the barriers to conducting research at teaching-focused institutions (e.g., access to fewer resources, lack of the necessary institutional infrastructure). Finally, we will discuss strategies for protecting and facilitating research and writing time. Taken together, these activities will support gerontological faculty members who share the vision of taking educational quality to new heights.
Principles of Dementia and Dementia-Friendly Programs, Services, and Research: Key Concepts for Gerontology
Alida Loinaz
One in eight adults age 65+ (12.5%) experiences dementia, a progressive decline in cognitive function sufficient to affect daily life. Prevalence increases with advancing age. Dementia is becoming an integral aspect of aging. Anyone in the field of aging must be knowledgeable about the underlying conditions, symptoms, common challenges, and effective strategies of dementia and dementia care. Communication skills and an appreciation for the underlying psychosocial and physical experiences of a person with dementia create the possibility of positive quality of life with dementia. Gerontology educators can take dementia education to a higher level in their classrooms and in society, creating a dementia-friendly world. This preconference institute will provide an advanced overview of key dementia education topics, fostering respect for older adults with dementia, their loved ones, and service providers, using evidence-based communication techniques to lay the foundation for sensitive approaches for research and to assist people with dementia in maintaining maximal independence. Participants will be introduced to an adaptive approach to dementia, emphasizing success-oriented and failure-free engagement in daily life.
New Heights in Workforce Development for an Aging Society - Workshop III
Jan Abushakrah, Cullen T. Hayashida, Julie Siefert, Denise R. Scruggs, Linda Raimondi, Laura Pannell
The program will provide attendees with the information they need to fully evaluate the opportunity to create new degree, certificate, workforce training and/or community outreach programs in aging related fields at their institutions. In addition to learning how to set up various courses of study and/or programming, attendees will come away with a peer group of colleagues for ongoing networking. After attending this workshop, participants will: 1) Comprehend the demographic and economic imperatives driving the need to develop a larger and more skilled workforce to serve the aging population; 2) Identify a sampling of best practice aging-related degrees, specialty and career pathway certificates, short-term workforce training, and active aging community outreach programs that could be developed at their institutions; 3) Know how to access resources available through AGHE and other local, regional, and national organizations to support their endeavors; and 4) Prepare a plan of action for advocating for the development of new aging-related degrees, specialty and career pathway certificates, short-term workforce training, and active aging community outreach programs.
AGHE's Fourth Annual Teaching Institute: Capturing the Imagination of our New Generation of Students - Let Them Keep the Phone!
Laura K.M. Donorfio, Steven E. McDermott
Are you searching for new ways of engaging and capturing the imagination of your students? New technological advancements are being used to do just this and many of these are right at your fingertips! This year’s pre-conference teaching institute aims to improve your knowledge, comfort, and use of several technologies presently being used to increase student engagement within the classroom and online. This institute will use a show and tell platform to share various techniques under the guise of a gerontology 101 lecture, asking you to participate and demonstrate what you have learned. Some of the techniques to be covered include: Learning Management Systems, Clickers, Voicethreads, Wikis, Creating a Powerpoint with Narration, Creating a Prezi Presentation, and using smart phones to record and collect real time information and data. This teaching institute is intended for teachers at any stage of their career who want to get students more interested in learning about aging by integrating more engagement strategies that use current technology, including their smart phones!
Evaluation of Team Training in Interprofessional Gerontology and Geriatric Education Programs
David Dickter, John Tegzes, Sheree Aston, Judith L. Howe, Daphna Gans
This workshop will address assessment and evaluation for interprofessional/interdisciplinary team training in gerontology/geriatrics education, medical education and practice settings based on projects led by three institutions. These include: 1) An interprofessional education program knowledge assessment (WesternU), designed to assess teamwork competencies in health professions education (e.g., communication, collaboration, teamwork principles in healthcare; scope of practice; OneHealth), with an emphasis on managing individuals with chronic conditions; 2) The Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training program (VA), developed to provide primary care providers with education and training in common geriatric conditions and incorporate team-based geriatrics knowledge and skills into provider practice; and 3) The Practice Improvement Education (PIE; California Geriatric Education Center) project for team treatment in depression care including recognition, assessment, treatment and monitoring of outcomes. The panel of experts will present their approaches and findings related to team competencies and processes, and implications for changes in team practices and care delivery. Participants will be introduced to approaches for measuring interprofessional competencies (e.g., scope of practice; team awareness, communication; cohesion); they will complete and receive feedback on some of these measures and learn how they can be applied to their own settings.
Practical Assistance for the Program of Merit Application Process
Bradley Fisher, Marilyn Gugliucci, Jennifer Kinney, Dr. Alice McDonnell
At a time in education when it is important for programs at colleges and universities to be productive in teaching, student recruitment, and income generation, the AGHE Program of Merit review process can aid in advancing gerontology/geriatrics programs. The Program of Merit has expanded its review process beyond Gerontology programs at Community Colleges and 4-year Colleges and Universities; now Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and any Health Professions program may apply for Program of Merit status - your institution need not be an AGHE member to apply. The POM designation provides gerontology programs and those health disciplines that include geriatrics/gerontology content in the curriculum with an AGHE 'stamp of approval' which can be used to verify program quality to administrators, to lobby for additional resources, to maintain a quality program, to market the program, and to recruit prospective students into the program. This session will begin with the 'Why', 'What' and 'How' of applying for Program of Merit and then provide time for small group consultation regarding the Program of Merit application. Preparation of the self-study document will be detailed by the experienced panel members followed by the review process and timelines required for the completed application process prior to, during and after submission. There will be no charge for the Program of Merit pre-conference institute.
Comprehensive Training for Program of Merit Pre-Approved Reviewers - Not Available
Are you interested in being trained or brushing up on your training as an AGHE Program of Merit reviewer? A panel of experienced Program of Merit reviewers will take participants through the process. AGHE's standards and guidelines and core principles and outcomes will be discussed; the POM application and self-study report will be reviewed in depth with evaluation content and recommendations; and the protocols and processes for reviews including timelines, evaluation, recommendations, and report writing will aid in operationalizing the POM review process. Experienced reviewers will share their insights and answer questions from new reviewers. This session is available to current reviewers and newly approved reviewers. This pre-conference institute has been canceled.
End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Geriatric Curriculum (Full-Day)
Alma Dixon, B. David Blake, Lillie Wiggins
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Geriatric Curriculum addresses the needs of geriatric patients facing life-threatening illnesses, as well as addresses the special needs of patients and families facing the end of life across various geriatric settings. This curriculum offers support to geriatric providers who help geriatric patients, nursing home residents and their families with the many physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs that they may encounter. This training offers a curriculum to Geriatric Nurses and other geriatric providers of care that are serving in clinical, education, research and administrative roles.