SGS In The Press

 November 18, 2016

SGS Member Dr. Sadak Honored

Contributed By: SGS Member Dr. Constance Coogle

SGS Member Dr. T. Sadak and colleagues have received a SPRINGER PUBLISHING COMPANY Geriatric/Gerontological Nursing Award for a Distinguished Single research manuscript addressing Geriatric/Gerontological Nursing.

This award is made to a gerontological nurse researcher for a single published work which in the opinion of the reviewers reflects outstanding scholarship with the use of a comprehensive methodology to study a particular gerontological nursing problem, the results of which have the potential to improve the care of older adults.

The award was presented at the Nursing Care of Older Adults Interest Group Meeting at the Gerontological Society of America meeting in New Orleans on November 18th by Sheri Sussman Editorial at Springer Publishing Company.

J Appl Gerontol. 2016 Jul 5. pii: 0733464816657472. [Epub ahead of print]
Managing Your Loved One’s Health: Development of a New Care Management Measure for Dementia Family Caregivers.
Sadak T, Wright J, Borson S.

 August 3, 2016

US News & World Report

Rx for Seniors’ Health: Upbeat View, Less Stress

Contributed By: SGS Member Jennifer Bellingtier

A positive attitude about aging can help seniors cope with stress, a small study suggests.

“We found that people in the study who had more positive attitudes toward aging were more resilient in response to stress — meaning that there wasn’t a significant increase in negative emotions,” study author Jennifer Bellingtier, a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University, said in a university news release.

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 April, 2015

Caregiving as a Public Health Issue: Framing Policy Discussions

by Dr. Candace L. Kemp

Industrialized nations, Canada included, face potential care crises brought about by decreasing fertility rates, increasing longevity and changing patterns of work, family life and migration. Predicted shortages of caregivers alongside the challenges of caregiving…

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 November 19, 2015

Time, Huffington Post, et al

Major Stress Helps You Weather Smaller Stress

by Jennifer Bellingtier
Contributed By: SGS Member Jennifer Bellingtier

A new study from North Carolina State University has found that experiencing a major stressful event may actually make older adults more resilient to fluctuations of minor day-to-day stress. A team led by Jennifer Bellingtier, Ph.D. candidate at NC State, evaluated daily questionnaires filled out by 43 adults between the ages of 60 and 96…

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 November 24, 2015

AARP – Public Policy Institute

Lifelong Disparities among Older American Indians and Alaska Natives

by R. Turner Goins, Western Carolina University; Marc B. Schure, Ph.D., Julie Crowder, RN, MSN, CCM, Dave Baldridge, and William Benson, International Association for Indigenous Aging; Nancy Aldrich, Health Benefits ABCs, LLC,
Contributed By: SGS Member Dr. Turner Goins

The rapidly growing number of older American Indians and Alaska Natives warrants the attention of researchers, policy makers, and service providers. This report uses American Community Survey data to provide a national overview of the sociodemographic characteristics of this growing population.

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 October 24, 2015

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gendron, White and Welleford: Words Matter – Ageist Language is Harmful

Contributed By: SGS Member Dr. Constance L. Coogle

Aging is not a disease.

While we applaud efforts to raise awareness about the experience of aging, the inaccuracies and broad generalizations about aging and the process of aging that abound in much of the media are deeply troublesome and even worse, dangerous.

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 October 14, 2015

Dr. Jennifer Craft Morgan interview on Hitachi Foundation Blog

Lasting Impact for Healthcare Workers: Reflections from Jennifer Craft Morgan.

Contributed By: SGS Member Dr. Jennifer Craft Morgan

We encounter many inspiring individuals through our work at The Hitachi Foundation. As part of our 30th year reflections, we are reconnecting with those from our network who continue to make a difference in their communities. This week, we share insights from Jennifer Craft Morgan, lead evaluator for the Jobs to Careers initiative – a collaboration between The Hitachi Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (with additional support from the U.S. Department of Labor).

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 February 2, 2014

Dr. Ed Rosenberg Interviewed by NPR

A National Public Radio (NPR) piece on aging athletes included input from ASU Gerontology Director Dr. Ed Rosenberg.

Contributed By: SGS Member Dr. Ed Rosenberg

The National Football League (NFL) is planning to construct an assisted living facility for retired players as part of a planned community near the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. Rosenberg, who has published research on issues of professional athletic retirement, was interviewed by M. L. Schultze, Web Editor for WKSU, the NPR affiliate at Kent State University.

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January 7, 2015

Mindfulness Program Improves Mind-Body Health in Elders

Contributed By: SGS Member Constance L. Coogle

The pilot study, published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, used a randomized waitlist control design to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. MBSR participants completed both quantitative measures and qualitative interviews. Study results show significantly greater improvement in psychological flexibility (acceptance) and less limitations due to physical health conditions for those who were randomized to the MBSR group.

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April 3, 2014

PHI Website

STUDY: Researchers Identify Factors Associated with Longer Home Care Aide Retention

By Deane Beebe
Contributed By: SGS Member Constance L. Coogle

The findings of a study that explores the determinants associated with longer job retention for home care aides were published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Applied Gerontology.

The study, entitled “Determinants of Longer Job Tenure among Home Care Aides: What Makes Some Stay on the Job While Others Leave?” followed 261 home care aides employed by 11 home care agencies in Maine for a period of 18 months.

The researchers found that predictors of longer job tenure for home care aides included:

  • Older age
  • Living rurally
  • Lower physical function
  • Higher wages
  • Greater sense of autonomy on the job, and
  • Less frequent feelings of personal accomplishment
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December 8, 2013

USA Today

States Looking To Tighten Rules On Home Care Aides

By Olga Hajishengallis
Contributed By: SGS Member Jennifer Craft Morgan

Concerns over the loose regulation of some home care workers is leading several states to consider bills aimed at increasing oversight and requirements for this workforce.

Measures being considered include establishing mandatory training hours and requiring background checks for these workers, as well as the licensing of home-care agencies.

Bernie Vonderheide, president and founder of Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, says that complaints about home health workers – often related to their questionable background – seem to be increasing by the year. Lawmakers are becoming aware that constituents are asking them to do something about this, he says.

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November 21, 2013

The New York Times

Work, Women and Caregiving

By Paula Span
Contributed By: SGS President LaVona Traywick

Trying to hold onto a job while caring for a family member is a tough juggling act. Caregivers sometimes have to arrive late or leave early, cut back to part-time work, and decline travel or promotions.

For women, these competing responsibilities may prove particularly perilous, a study recently published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology suggests. Women who are caregivers are also significantly less likely to be in the labor force, compared to women who are not caregivers. Yet for men, caregiving has no impact on employment status.

The authors, two professors of social work, unearthed these patterns in national data gathered in 2004 in the Health and Retirement Study. They looked at participants aged 50 to 61, more than 5,100 people, roughly a third of them family caregivers. About 4 percent were caring for a spouse, 15 percent for a grandchild and about 20 percent for a parent; some took care of more than one relative.

(Every study seems to use a different definition of caregiving. In this case, the researchers defined it as caring for parents or grandchildren for at least 100 hours over two years; spousal caregivers had no minimum time requirement.)

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