A group of six faculty members, three PhD students, one post-doc fellow and one visiting scholar recently attended the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America. The meeting is the premier gathering of gerontologists from both the United States and around the world. This year's theme was "Aging as a Lifelong Process," which highlighted the fact that what gerontologists study is actually the cumulative outcome of lifelong events that culminate during old age. The meeting had over 450 scientific presentations and drew more than 4,000 researchers in the field of aging.
DUSON participants included:
- Kristen Corazzini chaired the symposium "Building Capacity for High Quality Long-Term Care: Assessment and Care Planning." In this symposium she gave a presentation entitled "Homes: Enacted Assessment, Care Planning, and Quality" and co-presented "Applying the Adaptive Leadership Framework to Heighten Person-Directed Care in Nursing Homes." She also served as discussant on "Nurse Staffing, Work Practice Environment, and Quality of Care in Long-Term Care Facilities."
- Melissa Batchelor-Murphy presented a poster entitled "Fidelity to Treatment: Results of an Experimental Comparison of Three Hand Feeding Techniques in Dementia." This poster was co-presented by Eleanor McConnell.
- McConnell gave a presentation on "Narrative Pedagogy: An Educational Intervention to Promote Evidence Implementation in Long-Term Care," which was co-presented by Corazzini. She also co-presented a poster entitled "Formative Evaluation in the Implementation of the Home Safety Toolkit for Veterans with Dementia."
- Bei Wu chaired two symposias, one on "Long-Term Care in China: Perspective from Older Adults, Staff, and Paid Domestic Helpers," and the other on "Oral Health in Middle-Aged and Older Adults: Findings From International Studies." She served as a discussant as well for a symposia on "Chronic Diseases and Care Management in Chinese Older Adults" and "Late-Life Well-Being in Family and Neighborhood Contexts in Older Chinese Americans." In addition, she gave a presentation entitled "Trends in Number of Filled Teeth among Middle-Aged and Older Americans" and co-presented four others.
- Tracey Yap presented a poster on "Evaluation of the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool’s Clinical Relevance to Pressure Ulcer Prevention," which was co-presented by Corazzini and Batchelor-Murphy.
The participating post-doc fellow, PhD students, and visiting scholar also presented their paper as part of the symposia:
- Kezia Scales presented "Nurse and Medical Provider Perspectives on Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes". She also co-presented two others on "The Spectrum of Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes" and "Designing and Implementing Educational Interventions to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship."
- Yuting Song with co-presenter Corazzini presented "Resident Challenges with Daily Life in Chinese Nursing Homes: a Mixed Method's Pilot Study."
- Jing Wang with co-presenter Bei Wu gave two presentations on "Domestic Helpers Caring for Older Adults in China: a Systematic Review," and "Challenges Facing Older Adults in Their Adaptation to Residential Life in China’s Long-Term Care Facilities."
- Hanzhang Xu with co-presenter Bei Wu gave a presentation on "Changes of Cognitive Function Among Chinese Older Adults: The Impact of Migration."
Ying Zhang presented on "Social Stratification, Oral Hygiene Behavior and Oral Health Status Among Older Adults in China." It was co-presented by Hanzhang Xu.