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Momentum Discussion

Sleep and Aging: Research & Treatment Implications

January 2022

Far from being an inconvenience, disturbed sleep has serious health consequences ranging from increased likelihood of chronic illness to increased risk for falls, motor vehicle accidents, and institutionalization. The vital role that sleep plays in overall health and well-being is increasingly being recognized on a public health level, and research is seeking to better define effects of sleep and its disorders, as well as the risks and benefits of interventions that address sleep disturbances. This Momentum Discussion reviews emerging data that is helping to better define the risks and benefits of sleep aid use (nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic) by older adults, to better identify effective interventions, and to encourage appropriate medication-taking behaviors among older adults. This Discussion also reviews emerging research to better manage sleep health.

Panelists:

  • Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, Chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Past President, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • Christopher N. Kaufmann, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Data Science in Gerontology, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Katie L. Stone, PhD, Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, Senior Scientist, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
  • Adam P. Spira, PhD, Professor, Vice Chair for Research & Faculty, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

This Momentum Discussion was designed by GSA along with our clinical partner, the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. The program has received an educational grant from Eisai Pharmaceuticals.

Momentum Discussion Podcast

Successful Conversations with Older Adults about Sleep Disturbances

This episode addresses the need for effective communication with older adults who have sleep disturbances.  As a condition that is underdiagnosed and undertreated, it is important to understand how to address this issue with older people to ensure that the right treatments are provided, and that health and well-being are attained.

Guest:

  • Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

Host:

  • Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, Chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing; Past President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)

This podcast episode was designed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) along with our clinical partner, the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. The program has received an educational grant from Eisai Pharmaceuticals.

Webinar

Chronic Insomnia in Older Adults: Epidemiology and Approaches to Assessment in the Primary Care Setting

July 16, 2021

In this webinar, sleep health experts present information on the value of detecting and treating insomnia in older adult patients in the primary care setting. The presentation addresses insomnia’s impact on various clinical outcomes in older adults and its relationship with other clinical conditions. Appropriate screening tools for primary care teams and key elements of an evaluation are discussed. Presenters also review a clinical case study to illustrate the webinar’s practical implications.

Presented by:

  • Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, Chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing; Past President, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • Christopher N. Kaufmann, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Data Science in Gerontology, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Adam P. Spira, PhD, Professor, Vice Chair for Research & Faculty, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Katie L. Stone, PhD, Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco; Senior Scientist, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute

This webinar is co-developed with Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) and supported by Eisai Inc.

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Cellular Nutrition and Its Influence on Age-Associated Cellular Decline

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Researchers have identified several molecular pathways and cellular processes that appear to underlie both aging and age-related chronic disease. Cellular changes associated with aging are cumulatively referred to as AACD and include defects in mitochondrial function. Emerging research indicates that certain nutritional factors may influence AACD processes. This publication discusses the developing research that indicates that nutritional components that target specific mechanisms associated with AACD hold promise for improving the health and well-being of adults and how dietary supplementation with these components may be an alternative or complementary approach to lifestyle interventions targeting AACD. Further, it reviews how identifying AACD risk factors and intervening with cellular nutrients earlier in the aging process, before major mobility disabilities and disease-driven limitations emerge, could help improve overall healthy aging.

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Symposium

C. difficile Infection in the Older Adult

November 11, 2021

An industry-supported symposium presented during the GSA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting Online for a live audience. Sponsored by Pfizer.

C. difficile is a public health threat that is often under recognized and under diagnosed in patients around the world. In older adults aged 65+ years, C. difficile infections take the lives of 1 in 11 patients within a month of diagnosis. Commonly thought of as a disease associated with hospital settings, community-associated C. difficile infections are on the rise. It is important to understand the prevalence and persistence of C. difficile and how C. difficile disproportionately affects adult patients. During this symposium, a panel of experts will discuss the risks and clinical considerations regarding the management of C. difficile.

Faculty:

  • Erik R. Dubberke, MD, MSPH, Professor of Medicine, Clinical Director, Transplant Infectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri (Chair) 
  • Fayola Delica, BSHSE, BSN, RN, MSN-FNP(s), D. Min (Hon), Fayola Delica, LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida \
  • Ruth Carrico, PhD, DNP, FSHEA, FNAP, FAAN, Executive Director, Norton Infectious Diseases Institute, Norton Healthcare, Professor, gratis faculty, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Health Services Policy & Practice, David S. Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Associate Director, COIN-LTSS, Providence, VAMC

GSA Grant Chats

grant chatsHow to Register for a GSA Grant Chat

  • Click the white “Login” button on the top right corner of the page.
  • Enter your GSA username and password.*
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “Forgot your password.”
    • If you do not have an account with GSA, you may create one.
  • Once logged in, click the white “My Account” button on the top right corner of the page.
  • Click “My GSA Dashboard” and then “Register for an Event” to begin the registration process.

*If you have previously been active with The Gerontological Society of America, you should have an existing account. If unsure, click “Forgot your password” to see if your e-mail address is in the system.


Developing a Research Trajectory

December 2, 2021

Grant funding is an indispensable step to conduct the work needed to advance the science of gerontology and promote optimal experiences of aging. Obtaining funding can protect precious time to pursue the topics that are of greatest interest to you, advance your career, facilitate training, and improve your prospects for future grant funding. This grant writing series of 1-hour virtual sessions is designed to help you win grants through bolstering a broad range of grantsmanship skills specifically tailored to your work as a gerontologist researcher. GSA Grant Chats will feature panel discussions with peers, experienced researchers, and leaders in gerontology and will offer the opportunity to connect with and learn from a wide spectrum of experts in aging science. Topics range from developing a research trajectory that looks beyond a single funding opportunity to insider tips for successful applications. Join us for what promises to be engaging and rich conversations with takeaways for gerontologists at all career stages.

Presented by:

  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, Dean and Distinguished University Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University
  • Lyndsey Miller, PhD, RN, Early Career Investigator, ORCATECH; Assistant Professor, School of Nursing; Oregon Health & Science University
  • Elvin T. Price, PharmD, PhD, FAHA, Victor A. Yanchick Associate Professor; Director, Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Program, Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science; Co-Director, Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry, and Innovation (iCubed): Health and Wellness in Aging Populations Core; Virginia Commonwealth University

Developed by the GSA Grant Writing Program Workgroup:

  • Patricia W. Slattum, PharmD, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University and GSA Visiting Scholar
  • Zachary G. Baker, PhD, Robert L. Kane Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Gail L.Towsley, PhD, NHA, FGSA, Associate Professor, University of Utah College of Nursing

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