RIC to hold Gerontology Institute July 26-28, Aug. 2

Many of us have witnessed the declining health of our aging loved ones, but do we really know what they are experiencing as they struggle with loss of memory, mobility, vision, and hearing?

Rhode Island College will give nurses and healthcare practitioners the opportunity to experience firsthand the full effects of these deficits as they relate to aging when the college hosts a four-day Gerontology Institute on July 26, 27, 28 and Aug. 2 in the School of Nursing, from 8 a.m. to 4: 40 p.m. each day.

Aging stations and simulated technology that mimics the abnormal nerve sensations of peripheral neuropathy or numbness, cognitive impairments such as memory loss, impaired vision and hearing, aches and stiffness from arthritis and swollen extremities, will be set up for the participating caregivers to better understand the conditions and prepare them for elder care needs. New health-related technological improvements geared to older individuals will also be shown.

In addition, the conference will feature interdisciplinary experts in gerontology including nurses, pharmacists, a social worker, physical therapist a palliative care/end-of-life specialist, and elderly abuse representative from the R.I. attorney general’s office.

Comprehensive care for older veterans with complex health concerns will also be discussed at the conference.

The conference is a collaboration between RIC’s School of Nursing, the Providence VA Medical Center and the VA Nursing Academy.

The Gerontology Institute combines innovative simulation experiences and expert interdisciplinary presentations to improve the care of elders, said Jane Williams, dean of RIC’s School of Nursing.

“Our goal is for all RIC nursing students to be prepared to provide the best care possible for all older adults in Rhode Island and beyond.” Williams said.

For more information, contact Anne Carty, RIC professor of nursing, (401) 456-9663; acarty@ric.edu.