Online Lessons in Dementia Management – NYTimes.com

Dr. Gitlin is an expert on “person-centered” care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and the originator of a massive open online course (M.O.O.C.) on this condition, which will be offered through Coursera for five weeks starting in mid-October. You can sign up now.

via Online Lessons in Dementia Management – NYTimes.com.

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JMIR–A Mobile and Ubiquitous Approach for Supporting Frailty Assessment in Elderly People | Fontecha | Journal of Medical Internet Research

The problem of creating a general frailty index is still unsolved. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in the amount of research on this subject. Our studies took advantage of mobile device features (accelerometer sensors, wireless communication capabilities, and processing capacities among others) to develop a new method that achieves an objective assessment of frailty based on similarity results for an elderly population, providing an essential support for physicians.

via JMIR–A Mobile and Ubiquitous Approach for Supporting Frailty Assessment in Elderly People | Fontecha | Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Brand new website for ICPCN

ICPCN has officially launched its new website today, Wednesday 28 August 2013. This new ICPCN website (www.icpcn.org) has been designed to improve navigation and user experience and to reflect the latest developments in digital media and design.

via Brand new website for ICPCN.

Clinical Effectiveness of Online Training in Palliative Care of Primary Care Physicians | Abstract

Conclusions: Participation in an online PC education program by PCPs improved patient scores for some symptoms and family anxiety on the POS and also showed improved global QOL. Significant differences were found in physicians’ knowledge at short and long term.

via Clinical Effectiveness of Online Training in Palliative Care of Primary Care Physicians | Abstract.

Vital Talk iPhone App | Abstract

Vital Talk iPhone App | Abstract.

Palliative care education resources

Two new resource lists provide details of online education resources for those working in palliative care in Ireland and internationally.

via Palliative care education resources.

App designed to foster interaction between adults with dementia, caregivers

A new iPad app uses art to encourage conversations between seniors with early to mid-stage dementia and their family and friends.

via App designed to foster interaction between adults with dementia, caregivers.

Info Long-Term Care: End of Life Care for all: e-Learning for Healthcare

End of life Care for all (or e-ELCA) is an online learning module created by the National End of Life Care Programme of Great Britain and Ireland.  This e-learning course is available to the public and has 5 different modules (Introduction; advance care planning; assessment; communication skills and symptom management).  Each session takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

via Info Long-Term Care: End of Life Care for all: e-Learning for Healthcare.

Novel open-source electronic medical records system for palliative care in low-resource settings – Springer

DataPall is a simple, effective electronic medical records system that can assist in developing an evidence base of clinical data for palliative care in low resource settings. The system is available at no cost, is specifically designed to chronicle care in the region, and is catered to meet the technical needs and user specifications of such facilities.

via Novel open-source electronic medical records system for palliative care in low-resource settings – Springer.

A Novel Website to Prepare Diverse Older Adults for Decision Making and Advance Care Planning: A Pilot Study

A new, patient-centered ACP website that focuses on preparing patients for communication and decision making significantly improves engagement in the process of ACP and behavior change. A clinical trial of PREPARE is currently underway.

via A Novel Website to Prepare Diverse Older Adults for Decision Making and Advance Care Planning: A Pilot Study.