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Hi everyone, I would like to share with you my research project, which was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as an Impact Case Study: https://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/case-studies/201805.html https://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/e-newsletter/627.html I am happy to discuss this with anyone professionals who may be interested in health literacy, client-centered care, and the gerontic population. Sincerely, Ginny
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The first dental guards I learned about in dental school were hideous.  They were these big, bulky, clunky horseshoe-shaped pieces of plastic; and they made it impossible to close your lips around.  Women hated them because they made them gag.  Men hated them because they felt a lack of control of their own mouths.  And they were both right. Through experience, I have learned different types of mouthguards are used for different types of problems, as well as different types of people.  For example, the first patients I was making mouthguards for were male day traders in NYC.  They ground/clenched ALL THE TIME due to the stress of their jobs.  Due to the ...
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The first dental guards I learned about in dental school were hideous.  They were these big, bulky, clunky horseshoe-shaped pieces of plastic; and they made it impossible to close your lips around.  Women hated them because they made them gag.  Men hated them because they felt a lack of control of their own mouths.  And they were both right. Through experience, I have learned different types of mouthguards are used for different types of problems, as well as different types of people.  For example, the first patients I was making mouthguards for were male day traders in NYC.  They ground/clenched ALL THE TIME due to the stress of their jobs.  Due to the ...
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A dental office can sometimes be impossible to navigate around in.  And, sometimes, a dental office can be impossible to get to!  Good news, however:  did you know you can get your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist in the comfort of your own home — and more? My grandmother knew she needed a new partial denture, but, even with four loving children to help her to my office, it was still a chore to get her into the wheelchair, down the makeshift ramp from the front door to the driveway, then out of the wheelchair into the car, then back into the wheelchair to my dental office, into the dental chair, etc, etc.  So, instead, we brought the dentistry ...
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A dental office can sometimes be impossible to navigate around in.  And, sometimes, a dental office can be impossible to get to!  Good news, however:  did you know you can get your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist in the comfort of your own home — and more? My grandmother knew she needed a new partial denture, but, even with four loving children to help her to my office, it was still a chore to get her into the wheelchair, down the makeshift ramp from the front door to the driveway, then out of the wheelchair into the car, then back into the wheelchair to my dental office, into the dental chair, etc, etc.  So, instead, we brought the dentistry ...
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Today we’d like to introduce you to Joy Poskozim. Thanks for sharing your story with us JOY. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there. I wanted to be a dentist every since I had to get braces. Unlike other twelve-year-olds, I relished the changes the braces were doing to my smile. I went from not being able to close my front lips together without stretching them to the smile I have today. Wanting to help other people’s smiles, I went to NYUCD for dental school, a General Practice Residency, and started working as a general dentist. Through continuing education, I found communication is an important part of dentistry, so I now am an ...
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Are you looking for a tenure-track position? Consider the University of Southern Indiana. We're currently looking for two assistant professors (beginning August 2018) who can teach four classes a semester within your area of expertise and departmental need. See below for the listings: All areas of specialization: https://usi.peopleadmin.com/postings/6177   All areas of specialization, including Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics: https://usi.peopleadmin.com/postings/6176   Please distribute widely, as we'd love to have as many people apply as possible. ...
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TO SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY'S GERONTOLOGY PROGRAM ON MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017; 2-4 PM; J. PAUL LEONARD LIBRARY ROOM 121 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://gerontology.sfsu.edu/content/announcements WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THER
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Meet Karen Karen Hirschman, PhD, MSW from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA Q: How long have you been a GSA member? A: Since 2005 (11 years) When I first became a member, I was not very involved and did not know how to navigate beyond attending the meeting and presenting. Over time, I found people with similar interests and joined interest groups. Getting involved in the interest groups and becoming a convener has allowed me to connect with people across GSA and expand my research network. Spending time each year with colleagues from around the globe, presenting and learning about the latest research in the field of aging is ...
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Meet Joyce Q&A with Joyce Weil, PhD, MPH from the University of Northern Colorado, in Greely, CO. “While it’s been said before: never lose the gerontological imagination in your work. Work with older persons as co-creators of your research…” Q: How long have you been a GSA member? A: I became a member of GSA during graduate school because my dissertation focused on the relationship of performance and self-rated measures and depression in older persons. I had participated in the mentoring roundtables as a doctoral student. Currently, I am completing my term as one of three conveners (co-leaders) of a Qualitative ...
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Meet Kevin Q&A with Kevin E. Hansen, PhD, JD, L.M from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, in Eau Claire, WI. “… figure out what really interests you and inspires you to be your best – then follow those passions. You will have a satisfying and engaging career, and you will have a greater impact on the world of aging.” Q: Tell us a little about what you are doing right now? A: I am currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in the Health Care Administration program. I teach quality improvement in health care, health care law and policy, and organizational leadership ...
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WELCOME BULLETIN Greetings fellow GSA Members -- I´m Sheri Doyle, communicating from Mexico. I´ve joined Open Forum as one of the site´s volunteer discussion facilitators. So, let´s get started! One of my pet peeves is that it appears to be socially acceptable to call attention to a child´s apparent age such as to say “how are you doing today, young man?!” but politically incorrect to call an older adult “old” such as through saying “how are you doing today, old man?!”. A young person may be recognized as young but very few oldsters are in favor of being associated with a ...
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Blog post by: William Schaffner, MD Last September, the National Foundation for Infectious Disease (NFID) held its 20 th Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference . At the news conference, I was joined by representatives of leading medical societies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to discuss the challenges of preventing and treating influenza (flu). To quote CDC Director Dr. Frieden at the news conference, “Flu is serious, flu is unpredictable,” and as such, NFID is committed to ensuring healthcare professionals are prepared to face each and every unique influenza season, especially in vulnerable populations such ...
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GSA is proud to work in the arena of vaccinations through various multi-stakeholder alliances. NAVP and ICAMP programs have been a big part of our 2016 agenda. In support of the NFID, find a new blog post from Dr. Talbot from NFID. Update: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccines on the Horizon for Older Adults H. Keipp Talbot, MD, MPH If you’ve never thought about respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) as a problem among adults, you’re not alone. RSV has long been thought of as a disease affecting infants, but emerging data has shown otherwise. Adults age 65 years and older have high annual attack rates and suffer disproportionate ...
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San Francisco State University, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement invites applicants for a tenure- track Assistant Professor position in Gerontology beginning August 2017. Position description available at pace.sfsu.edu. Application review begins October 17, 2016 and continues until filled. Please see below: ------------------------------ Dr. Darlene Yee-Melichar Professor and Coordinator Gerontology Program San Francisco State University San Francisco CA 94132 dyee@sfsu.edu (415) 338-35
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Meet Linda Q&A with Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA from Pacific University in Whitefish, Montana “ Researchers learn from each other and generate more creative ideas and approaches to research and program development.” Q: How long have you been a GSA member? A: I have been a GSA member since 2008. Q: What GSA member benefit do you like best and why? A: I find the publications extremely beneficial. They provide the latest research information. Plus, I learn about new programs that benefit older adults. Q: How has membership in GSA benefited you? A: I teach gerontology and occupational ...
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Meet Xi Q&A with Xi Chen, PhD from Yale University in New Haven, CT. “An academic career is like a marathon. An enduring interest will keep our work innovative and maintain its momentum.” Q: How long have you been a GSA member? A: I have been a member since 2014. I joined GSA because of my interest in aging studies. The annual meetings allow me to be exposed to exciting innovative research and connect me with new friends and colleagues. Best of all, GSA has been very active organizing events outside the U.S., which benefits me as a scholar of international aging studies. Besides, the official journals of GSA, especially ...
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Meet Robert Q&A with Robert J. Schreiber MD from Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, MA. “It is important to celebrate your victories and successes and not discount the work you are doing....you all are leaders that are making daily differences in people’s lives and make certain you take time to reflect on this.” Q: How long have you been a GSA member? Why did you become a member of GSA? A: I have been a GSA member for a total of five years and have become more engaged as a member recently due to the need for supporting new interdisciplinary approaches leading toward new innovations for improving the system of care for aging adults of diverse ...
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Meet Fayron Q&A with Fayron Epps from Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital in Laplace, Louisiana Q: Tell us a little about what you are doing right now? A: I recently completed my postdoctoral fellowship with the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE Claire M. Fagin Fellow 2013-15). I am currently serving in the role as the Chief Clinical Officer for Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital. I also serve as adjunct faculty with the Louisiana State University Life Course and Aging Center. My career goal as a nurse scholar is to promote health across the life span by increasing the quality of life for ...
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Meet Alan Q&A with Alan B. Stevens, PhD from Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, TX. “Expect the complexity of the practice environment to challenge you, but never give up on making a difference in the health and well-being of older adults.” Q: How long have you been a GSA member? Why did you become a member of GSA? A: I became a member my first year in graduate school, 1988. I was encouraged to join by my advisor and GSA Fellow Cameron Camp, PhD. As I recall, he even paid for my membership from his faculty account. In my second year in graduate school I received a research mentorship award from GSA. The award ...
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