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National League for Nursing to Create Alzheimer’s Curricula and Resources for Nurse Educators
Date:2/4/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 04, 2013

Between 5.6 and 8 million — nearly one in five — older Americans suffer from at least one illness affecting mental health, according to an alarming report released last year by the Institute of Medicine, "The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?". Among these debilitating cognitive/emotional conditions is Alzheimer’s disease, a diagnosis often accompanied by multiple physical impairments and psycho/social co-morbidities that occur during a period of life transition. Today, however, too few health care professionals, nurses included, are adequately equipped to handle the unique challenges of caring for this frail, vulnerable population, one bound to grow as Baby Boomers age.

To address this worrying gap in nursing education and clinical practice by the nursing workforce on the frontline of primary care for seniors, the National League for Nursing will create specialized curricula and resources for the NLN’s nationally recognized signature program in geriatrics education: ACES (Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors). With a $125,000 grant from MetLife Foundation to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education, funds will be used in 2013 to develop three inter-professional teaching strategies and three unfolding web-based case studies for ACES.

Related simulations, also to be developed as part of the new project, will provide faculty with classroom-ready templates for instruction and guidelines for integrating new knowledge into the core curriculum. In addition, the unfolding
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