Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
GRECC Featured News
Every quarter the GRECC's submit newsletters on research, education, and clinical innovations. The topics and schedule are:
Every quarter a few projects are highlighted. See below.
GRECC Education Programs Offer Value to Veterans, Trainees, and Providers
These are a small sample of the many Education efforts currently underway in VHA’s Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Centers.
Eastern Colorado GRECC: Interprofessional Case Conferences
Associated health professional trainees such as social work, pharmacy, occupational health, and psychology get together with Geriatric Fellows and participate in a monthly Interprofessional Case Conference. Information from an actual case that is specific to a given discipline, like pharmacy, is provded to the associate health trainees and clinically-relevant information is presented to fellows such as pharmacological aspects are provided to pharmacy residents. Trainees must ask one another questions necessary to elecit other information, which will allow the team to co-create an apppopriate care plan. Preceptors observe and provide feedback. This method has been implemented with all of the GRECC trainees. Feedback from trainees has been extremely positive as they feel that this activity enhances their training experience. For more information, contact Kathryn Nearing, PhD at 720-475-6234.
Salt Lake City GRECC: Rocky Mountain Geriatric Conference
The Salt Lake City GRECC hosted the 15th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference held August 28-29, 2017, titled “Getting to the Heart of Aging: An Inter-professional Approach to Cardiovascular Health.” The focus of the conference was on patient-centered approaches in cardiac care specifically related to older adults. The conference planners utilized technological innovations to promote distance learning modalities (web-streaming) that allowed participants to participate remotely. There were 32 participants who attended in person, 97 that participated through Adobe Connect video, and 11 that attended from other VISNs around the country. For more information, contact Jorie Butler at 801-582-1565 Ext. 1964.
New England GRECC: Home Safety Workbook
Dr. Lauren Moo led the modification and dissemination of “A Guide for Families: Keeping the Person with Memory Loss Safer at Home,” a home safety workbook for caregivers of Veterans with dementia. The workbook is extremely popular among clinicians and caregivers. It is a stand-alone, self-paced educational workbook with practical tips for home safety written with literacy considerations. The workbook is 508-compliant for distribution and is available on the VA Geriatrics site at https://www.va.gov/geriatrics/docs/home_safety_booklet_8-1-17.pdf. For more information, contact Dr. Lauren Moo or call 718-687-2596.