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Geriatric Education Center Resources. Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, APRN, BC Associate Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. What are Geriatric Education Centers?.

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Geriatric education center resources

Geriatric Education Center Resources

Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, APRN, BC

Associate Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing

What are geriatric education centers
What are Geriatric Education Centers?

  • Geriatric Education Centers (GECs) are dedicated to improving the education/training, supply, distribution and quality of health care professionals through strong community-academic partnerships; ultimately to improve the quality of health care for all elderly individuals, including the underserved and minorities

Gecs with curriculum resources
GECs with Curriculum Resources

  • 50 Geriatric Education Centers funded by HRSA

  • Goal is for education and dissemination

  • Often Free Power point presentations, Webcasts or Youtube videos.

  • Occasionally have costs associated with DVDs or CD Roms Range from $10 to $25

  • Planning ahead will be helpful

  • Organized by competency listings

National organization of gecs
National Organization of GECs

  • Most web links are active some are not



    • Can search by topic

    • Type of resource looking for

Gec s in the us
GEC’s in the US


Health promotion disease prevention
Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

  • Obtains and documents comprehensive and focused physical exam using appropriate assessment instruments:

    • Activity level

    • Mobility

    • Cognition

    • Nutrition

    • Neglect and abuse

    • Sensory impairment

    • Decision making capacity

Possible resources
Possible Resources

Cancer prevention and screening of older adults. DVD for $15

Communicating with Elderly from different cultures

Web based and interactive with questions

Cognitive assessment
Cognitive Assessment

Assessment of health status
Assessment of Health Status

Diagnosis of health status
Diagnosis of Health Status


    • Unfolding case with web based video of Ms. Jefferson in the hospital with delirium


    • Multiple lectures on medical conditions in older adults


    • Synchronized power point presentations.

Diagnosis of health status1
Diagnosis of Health Status

Plan of care and implementation of treatment
Plan of Care and Implementation of Treatment

Plan of care and implementation of treatment1
Plan of Care and Implementation of Treatment


    • DVD’s available from Arkansas for example:

      • management of diabetes,

      • advances in osteoporosis treatment,

      • dementia management,

      • pain management

Nurse practitioner patient relationship
Nurse Practitioner Patient Relationship

Teaching coaching function
Teaching Coaching Function

Professional role
Professional Role

Managing and negotiating health care delivery systems
Managing and Negotiating Health Care Delivery Systems

Monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice
Monitoring and Ensuring the Quality of Health Care Practice

Cultural and spiritual competence
Cultural and Spiritual Competence

  • Ethnogeriatric Quiz (Stanford GEC)


    • 8 questions with correct answers provided

  • 6 unit course on cultural competence in older adults (Western Reserve GEC)


Thank you

Thank You!