Meredith Gilliam, MD, MPH, was recently interviewed on WRAL about falls prevention for older adults. According to NC’s Division of Public Health, one quarter of North Carolinians 65 and over will fall in a year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in adults 65+, causing 1,094 deaths, 18,771 hospitalizations, and 78,799 Emergency Department visits in 2017.
Dementia patients “often forget where they are and that they are not in their home,” says Maureen Dale, MD, in Modern Health Care. “When clinicians are coming in and out of their room to do their job, it can be alarming.” Busby-Whitehead emphasizes that after the training, many staff members feel more confident speaking with patients and reorienting them.
The opening of UNC Hospital’s Hillsborough Campus in 2015 provided a unique opportunity for medicine services to expand. Ron Falk, MD, chair of the department of medicine, envisioned a service that could be accessible and comfortable to the geriatric population, combining specialized geriatric care with all of the amenities at UNC Hospital’s new Hillsborough Campus.
(Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom) Governor Cooper proclaimed Sept. 26, 2019, as ‘Dementia Friendly Hospitals Day’ in North Carolina. UNC Health Care marked this occasion by celebrating the expansion of its special training program aimed at providing better care for patients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Maureen Dale, MD, was interviewed on WCHL radio, discussing UNC’s Dementia Friendly Hospitals Initiative and Governor Roy Cooper’s “Dementia Friendly Hospitals Day” proclamation, recognized Thursday, September 26 as the first year of dementia-friendly training at the Hillsborough campus.
Andrew Greganti, MD, the Charles Addison and Elizabeth Ann Sanders Distinguished Professor, and vice chair of the department of medicine has retired following more than 40 years of distinguished service as faculty at the UNC School of Medicine. Read more
The Center for Aging and Health has received a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide geriatrics training statewide through the Carolina Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (CGWEP). Read more
Research Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine Dr. Ellen Roberts and Senior Mentor Will Plattner describe the experiences of first-year medical students partnering with seniors to learn about age-friendly health care and issues of concern to older adults on UNC’s Your Health Radio. Read more
UNC Chapel Hill has been an MSTAR (Medical Students Training in Aging Research) Training Center since 2010 and is one of only 7 national MSTAR sites. Through the program, UNC MSTAR has trained 107 pre-doctoral medical students from across the United States. Read more
The Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative will reach a total of 3,900 employees in four hospitals across North Carolina to raise awareness of how patients with dementia experience care and to meet their unique needs with strategic and compassionate treatment. Read more