Geriatrics

Our geriatrics funding helps prepare health care providers to meet the needs of the aging U.S. population and ensure improved health results for older adults.

Which geriatrics programs do we fund?

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

We provide grants that improve health care for older adults and maximize patient and family engagement to health professions schools, health care facilities, and programs leading to certification as a certified nursing assistant.

The focus is on transforming clinical training environments into integrated geriatrics and primary care systems with increased community engagement.

Geriatrics Academic Career Award Program (GACA)

We provide grants to support the career development of individual junior faculty in geriatrics at accredited schools of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, dentistry, pharmacy, or allied health.

The focus is training academic geriatrics specialists by providing interprofessional clinical training in geriatrics to junior faculty who will become leaders in academic geriatrics.

What training materials and tools should you use?

We developed curriculum, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, to train the primary care workforce about dementia and promote interprofessional teamwork in the care of persons living with dementia (PLwD).

The curriculum contains 16 core modules - each with a PowerPoint presentation including detailed notes and a reference list - to assist in teaching, and other presentations. The curriculum also includes supplemental modules to help providers and caregivers address challenges of the caregiving role.

Additional training materials include:

  • The Alzheimer’s Disease Toolkit (PDF - 117 KB)
    • Screening assessments, clinical tools, and caregiver resources.
  • Dementia 24/7 Facilitator’s Guide 
    • Sensitivity training created by the Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center for health professionals and educators who work with, or instruct about, caring for dementia patients.
Date Last Reviewed:  November 2018