Acute Care

NICHE Project (Nursing Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders)
Introduction to Gerontology (these are for NICHE member-only resources)

The 2009 Introduction to Gerontology includes a set of four educational modules designed to increase hospital personnelís sensitivity to the aging process, improve the recognition of age related changes in older adult patients, and enhance communication skills with older patients and their families.


"Try This" Assessment Tools
A valuable series of assessment tools providing best practices in the care of older adults. New tools are routinely added and existing tools updated based on the status of research evidence and practice. Tools meet the needs of nurses caring for older adults in acute and community based healthcare settings.
Note to faculty: For students, each PDF provides information as to why the tool should be used; why it is the best tool to use for theis particular assessment; target population; validity and reliability of the tool; strengths and limitations of the tool; as well as where to find additional information. Thus, these are excellent examples for students on how to utilize evidence based research to inform practice.


Staff-Better Jobs for Better Care: A program focused on changing long-term care policy and practice.


List of Knowledge, skills and attitudes nurses must demonstrate to care for older adults


Education in Long Term Care

Creating Enriched Clinical Learning Environments through Partnerships in Long Term Care (ECLEPs) provides training and resources to develop nursing homes and assisted living facilities as excellent clinical sites for nursing students to learn best practices in care of older adults.

Global Aging

Social Research on Global Aging
Why population aging matters: A global perspective (2007) National Institute on Aging & National Institutes of Health. Publication no. 07-6134.

Global Action on Aging (GAA), a non-profit organization with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, was founded in 1994. Based in New York at the United Nations, reports on older people's needs and potential within the global economy. It advocates by, with and for older persons worldwide. GAA carries out research on critical emerging topics and publishes the results on its website. GAA staff and interns research aging policy and programs, both in the US and worldwide: income support, health access, and human rights. research daily to our website, one of the largest in the aging field. GAA posts materials in all six UN official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. It monitors United Nation activity on aging through the "Aging Watch at the UN" web-section and documents the situation of older persons caught in armed conflict.

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