The National Institute of Nursing Research recently participated in The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting. The 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of GSA brought together over 4,000 gerontologists and interdisciplinary scientists.
At the meeting, NINR Director Dr. Patricia Grady moderated both a Presidential Symposium and an interest group on nursing care in older adults that highlighted the work of NINR-funded researchers. “We are committed to supporting research on health and illness across the lifespan,” said Grady. “Nursing science has made significant contributions to the field of aging.”
The “Advancing Science and Improving the Lives of Older Adults and Caregivers: 30 Years of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)” Symposium recognized the anniversary of NINR and contributions of NINR-supported researchers. Dr. Rita Jablonski-Jaudon of the University of Alabama talked about her studies in improving oral care for dementia patients. Dr. Joseph Gaugler of the University of Minnesota shared his research in the development of a care coordination tool for dementia caregivers. Dr. Marilyn Rantz of the University of Missouri discussed her research in the use of technology to promote successful aging in place. Dr. Debra Moser of the University of Kentucky presented her work on interventions to improve self-management in heart failure patients.
Grady and Dr. Pamela Cacchione of the University of Pennsylvania were discussants in the Nursing Care of Older Adults Interest Group Symposium. NINR grantees Dr. Mary Naylor of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Karen Rose of the University of Virginia and Dr. Kristine Williams of the University of Iowa discussed caregiving strategies, implications and outcomes.
NINR also joined 100 other exhibitors including publishers, government, pharmaceutical companies, universities and associations. NINR showcased materials such as its strategic plan, results of research and training opportunities.