BUILDING GERIATRIC NURSING CAPACITY SOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT AGING IN PLACE
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. is reaching an unprecedented demographic shift, with almost one-fifth of the American population over the age of 65 by 2030. At the same time, system changes including shorter hospital stays and limited nursing homes leave a growing number of older adults at home for health care.
As Americans live longer, increased research and training is required to meet the need for geriatric care and quality aging. Established in 2008 through a gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is dedicated to ensuring that as the American population ages, there are increased cross-discipline solutions for community-based aging in place. This approach to supports and interventions for older adults is emerging — one that enables older adults to maintain as much independence and dignity for as long as possible in their preferred setting, typically the home environment.
The Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence is helping pave the way for geriatric care through:
· Providing scholarship opportunities and enriching the University of Oklahoma’s nursing PhD curriculum for students who will assume faculty roles in geriatric nursing.
· Building the geriatric translational research skills of current doctoral faculty throughout Oklahoma and the United States.
· Disseminating best geriatric care practice and educational resources to support faculty development and aging in place research.
The Reynolds Center is making a difference in the lives of older Oklahomans by developing expert leaders, educators and researchers in the geriatric nursing field — and you can help!