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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) brings together researchers, educators, and practitioners to stimulate dialogue on trends with great momentum to advance gerontology.

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) brings together researchers, educators, and practitioners to stimulate dialogue on trends with great momentum to advance gerontology.

    Understanding the Vaccine Development Process

    Understanding the Vaccine Development Process

    The process of bringing a vaccine to market takes extensive research and safety monitoring. Dr. Gordon Douglas explains the steps from preclinical studies to vaccine licensure, and discusses his own experience developing vaccines at a major manufacturer for 30 years. He also shares lessons learned from clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the importance of participant diversity.  


     Guest: R. Gordon Douglas, Jr, MD 
    Professor Emeritus, Weill Cornell Medical College  


    Host: Jo-Ana Chase, PhD, APRN-BC 
    Associate Professor, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri Health 


    This podcast episode is supported by Seqirus. Content was developed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). 

    • 30 min
    Applying Risk Communication Models to Immunization Discussions

    Applying Risk Communication Models to Immunization Discussions

    Communicating the risks and benefits of immunization can be challenging, as the language of science may not always be well understood by the public. Dr. Aaron Scherer shares his research on risk communication and infectious disease, what we can learn from outbreak communication with older adults, and his thoughts on future opportunities in the field.  


    Guest: Aaron Scherer, MA, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine, University of Iowa 


    Host: Cheryl Ann Monturo, PhD, MBE, ACNP-BC
    Senior Nurse Research Scientist Chester County Hospital/Penn Medicine; Professor of Nursing West Chester University 


    This podcast episode is supported by Seqirus. Content was developed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). 

    • 23 min
    Integrating Immunization in Long-Term Care

    Integrating Immunization in Long-Term Care

    A routine immunization program in long-term care facilities can protect residents who are most at risk of poor outcomes if they contract a vaccine-preventable disease, however systemic challenges contribute to stagnant vaccination rates among residents and low vaccination rates among staff. In this episode, Dr. Barbara Resnick discusses her work in improving immunization rates in long-term care, using behavior motivation techniques to encourage staff and residents to get vaccinated, and what she sees as opportunities for future researchers and practitioners.  


    Guest: Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP  
    Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing 


    Host: Justine Sefcik, PhD, RN 
    Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions; Co-convener, GSA Interest Group on Nursing 


    This podcast episode is supported by Seqirus. Content was developed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). 

    • 17 min
    Dementia-Related Psychosis in Long-Term Care: Series Part 3

    Dementia-Related Psychosis in Long-Term Care: Series Part 3

    Individuals with dementia-related psychosis experience worse outcomes than those who do not have psychosis, including but not being limited to accelerated time to being admitted to a long-term care facility and accelerated mortality. The manifestation of hallucinations and delusions in residents with dementia can also prove challenging for long-term care staff. Dr. Chad Worz discusses how appropriate documentation of a diagnosis of dementia-related psychosis and related care interventions are an important part of delivering individualized care for residents. 


    Guest: Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
    Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) 


    Host: Judit Illes, BCL/LLB, MS, CPHQ 
    Director, Strategic Alliances, The Gerontological Society of America 


    For more information on dementia-related psychosis, see GSA’s February 2021 White Paper, Dementia-Related Psychosis: Strategies to Address Barriers to Care Across Settings. 


    This podcast episode is supported by Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Content was developed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

    • 20 min
    Dementia-Related Psychosis in Primary Care: Series Part 2

    Dementia-Related Psychosis in Primary Care: Series Part 2

    Primary care providers (PCPs) are ideally positioned to recognize, diagnose, and provide care planning for individuals with dementia who experience psychosis. Dr. Alexis Eastman discusses the important role of PCPs in team-based approaches to care and shares examples of innovative healthcare delivery models that can support PCPs in addressing dementia-related psychosis. 


    Guest: Alexis Eastman, MD 
    Medical Director of the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics; Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Member of GSA’s Workgroup on Dementia-Related Psychosis.   


    Host: Judit Illes, BCL/LLB, MS, CPHQ
    Director, Strategic Alliances, The Gerontological Society of America 


    For more information on dementia-related psychosis, see GSA’s February 2021 White Paper, Dementia-Related Psychosis: Strategies to Address Barriers to Care Across Settings. 


    This podcast episode is supported by Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Content was developed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

    • 27 min
    Diagnosing Dementia-Related Psychosis: Series Part 1

    Diagnosing Dementia-Related Psychosis: Series Part 1

    Dementia-related psychosis, defined as hallucinations and delusions in individuals with dementia, is a distinct neuropsychiatric symptom. Dementia-related psychosis differs from psychosis that originates from delirium or a pre-existing psychotic disorder (e.g., schizophrenia). Dr. Gary Small explains the challenges to and approaches for detecting and diagnosing these symptoms.  


    Guest: Gary Small, MD
    Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health; Chair of GSA’s Workgroup on Dementia-Related Psychosis 


    Host: Judit Illes, BCL/LLB, MS, CPHQ
    Director, Strategic Alliances, The Gerontological Society of America 


    For more information on dementia-related psychosis, see GSA’s February 2021 White Paper, Dementia-Related Psychosis: Strategies to Address Barriers to Care Across Settings. 


    This podcast episode is supported by Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Content was developed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

    • 18 min

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