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New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging

NJ GWEP

Our Institute, alongside RowanSOM, serves as the lead organization for the NJ GWEP. Through the NJ GWEP, we improve health outcomes for older adults by developing a healthcare workforce that integrates geriatrics into primary care, fosters interprofessional collaboration, and maximizes patient/family engagement. We achieve this by:

  • Educating and training the primary care and geriatrics workforce to care for older adults in integrated geriatrics and primary care models, using a framework based on principles of age-friendly health systems (4Ms – what Matters to the older adult, Mentation, Medications, Mobility).
  • Partnering with state-level agencies, community-based organizations, and academic partners to address gaps in healthcare for older adults, promote interprofessional (IP) education and experiential training opportunities, address social determinants of health and support age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities.

Collaborations

We collaborate with a variety of organizations, institutions and programs to integrate quality geriatric care, education and training into clinical care for older adults.

Partners

  • Wilmington Veteran’s Administration, Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (VA-CBOC))
  • NJ Division of Aging Services (DoAS)
  • NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA)/Three affordable housing sites: Benedict’s Place, Trent West, Rittenberg Manor
  • Fair Share Housing/Northgate II (NGII)
  • Camden Coalition of Health Providers (CCHP)
  • Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI)
  • Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden (RSoN)Stockton University (SU)

Affiliates

  • Alzheimer's Association - Delaware Valley Chapter
  • LeadingAge

Projects

This project promotes geriatrics infusion into primary care practices through implementation of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit.

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit offers patients over age 65 an opportunity to review their current health status with their primary care practitioner, including cognitive, and functional levels, depression, health risk factors and identify their personalized health goals.

Please select the forms you would like to download:
Annual Wellness Visit Competency Checklists for Primary Care Staff:
Through this project, we train staff in senior citizen subsidized housing and community-based agencies on dementia, delirium, depression, falls, and polypharmacy to improve care to the elderly using an interprofessional, team-based approach. Attributes of the program include:
  • Community-based student rotations
  • Health screening and assessment
  • Interprofessional case-based review, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and community health workers who use tele-education and case conferencing.

For additional informaiton, please contact Marilyn Mock at mmock@fairsharedevelopment.org or Elyse Perweiler at perweiea@rowan.edu.

This program provides statewide training for Information & Assistance Workers in the aging services network. We work with them to improve knowledge of aging; related services and resources; and interviewing skills. This fosters relationships to long-term services and supports and community-based services. 

This project is supported by GWEP funding and has been developed and delivered in collaboration with the New Jersey Division of Older Adult Services and the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging. The five-module training series is provided using a hybrid model, including traditional face-to-face instruction, web-based sessions, and self-directed learning.

Training for Information & Assistance WorkersGeneral Knowledge
  • Area Agency on Aging/Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Process
  • Skills and abilities
  • SAMS (computerized statewide database)
  • Attitudes and Behaviors

For additional information, please contact Andrea Mancini at Andrea.Mancini@dhs.state.nj.us.

Through this project, we provide training for families and caregivers of persons with dementia by using the Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers.

Recognized by the Administration on Community Living for Title III-D Highest-Level Criteria for Evidence-based Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Programs, this project is supported by GWEP funding and sponsored in collaboration with the New Jersey Division of Aging Services. The program is designed to improve quality of life for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or a related disorder, by helping them better manage and cope with stress.

The program provides training for Master Trainers, who then train other agency or community-based facilitators to deliver a nine-session, stress-relief program directly to families and caregivers of persons with dementia. The program has been expanded to include additional training for Master Trainers on a Stress-Busting Program for Caring Professionals: Combating Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.

For additional information on the national Stress-Busting program and Master Training Sessions, visit www.caregiverstressbusters.org

For available programs in New Jersey, please contact Heather Taylor at Heather.Taylor@dhs.state.nj.us

Health care staff who work in assisted living facilities are provided training to help them recognize and manage residents with dementia, delirium and depression.

The GWEP grant permits us to provide assisted living facilities throughout New Jersey free, on-site training and case-based consultation, and support on Alzheimer’s disease and behavior management.

Pre-Requisites:
Any assisted living facility interested in participating in the GWEP training program must complete an Assisted Living Facility Survey, to provide a perspective on the readiness of the facility administration and staff to participate in the training and fulfill the requirements.  Once accepted into the program, the facility must complete a Memorandum of Understanding that details the respective responsibilities of the facility and the GWEP in the delivery of the training program.
The GWEP training curriculum consists of the following topics:
  • The Normal Aging Process
  • Dementia / Delirium  / Depression
  • Non-pharmacological Interventions for Managing Behavior Disturbances Part I and II
  • Crisis Intervention Techniques / Training Series Overview

Each training is about one hour long and requires the attendance of a minimum of eight staff members. The facility administration is asked to designate a staff member to facilitate attendance at each training. As part of the grant, facility administration is required to identify a Staff Resource Expert to serve as a resource person for their staff after completion of the trainings. In addition, each facility is invited to participate in ongoing conference calls to receive case-based consultation for individuals with dementia who are experiencing significant behavioral disturbances. The case-based consultation uses the ECHO tele-education conferencing platform, which permits interaction between members of the interprofessional team.

The GWEP also offers a one-hour training for family and caregivers on dementia, delirium and depression. This provides an opportunity for family members to learn more about the disease and related behaviors and share insights and concerns.

For information about ALF training in New Jersey, please contact Debi Klaszky MSN, APN-C, at klaszkde@rowan.edu or Elyse Perweiler at perweiea@rowan.edu

Health providers and families are trained to detect and manage changes in cognition and function in the intellectually and developmentally disabled population in community-living arrangements.

This project is supported by GWEP funding and sponsored in collaboration with the Trinitas Statewide Clinical Outreach Program for the Elderly (S-COPE). The program is designed to teach those working with intellectually and developmentally disabled (I/DD) individuals to recognize changes in cognition using an early screening for dementia tool (NTG-EDSD). The tool also helps caregivers understand how declining cognitive function can impact an I/DD individual’s behavior to help, which alleviates misunderstanding of these behavior changes. The goal is to provide health workers and family caregivers with new strategies and interventions to use when addressing behavioral issues related to a change in cognition, and to demonstrate how to create customized care plans for each resident.

For additional information on I/DD training sessions, please contact Mobin Chadha at mchadha@trinitas.org

The NTG-EDSD form is available here.

Opioid abuse is a national epidemic and public health crisis affecting all age groups. Many older individuals suffer with chronic pain and are treated with prescription opioids, or other high-risk medications, putting them at risk of falls, hospitalization, use of emergency departments, or even death. Prescription opioids are not the first line of treatment for chronic pain. There are other alternatives that are as effective. The NJGWEP is providing educational sessions to educate older adults about opioids and connect them with helpful resources when they seek to reduce or eliminate use of the medications and obtain treatment if they have developed an opioid use disorder. 

Selected programs will also be available for prescribing providers, health care teams, health professionals of multiple disciplines, community-based agencies, family caregivers, community members, senior housing residents, and support staff. Focus will be on increasing awareness of the opioid epidemic among the elderly, current regulations and prescribing best practices, and prevention, opioid screening, assessment and management.