Center for Aging Research and Education, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
November 2022

The monthly newsletter from the Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing.

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“How can we address healthy aging within these communities in ways that are feasible, achievable, and relatively inexpensive, but also have a great impact?” asks Geana Shemak, MS, ATC, the community coordinator and educator for the Healthy Aging in Rural Towns (HeART) coalition in Iowa County, Wisconsin. 

For three years, HeART coalitions in Iowa County, Langlade County, and Waupun worked with the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing to assess community needs and resources, and identify and implement strategies to support rural aging-in-place.

“People want to stay in their homes,” says Shemak. “But our homes aren’t necessarily built for us as we get older. Disabilities or unexpected health outcomes might mean that suddenly our homes don’t fit us anymore.” 
Onboarding Nurses in Assisted Living” is new online continuing education from CARE that covers everything that assisted living organizations need to implement a top-notch nurse onboarding program. Effective onboarding for nurses increases comfort, engagement, belonging, commitment, retention, and more for the new nurse.
Hossein Khalili, PhD is the Director of the UW–Madison Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (CIPE). His research and scholarship focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating interprofessional education and collaborative practice initiatives.

“Foundational exposure to students from other professions can foster greater collaboration later when those students graduate, earn licensure, and enter practice,” he says.
  • Dr. Susan H. McFadden, Professor of Psychology emerita at UW Oshkosh will present on “Elders’ Pandemic Suffering and Resilience: Lessons Learned ,” at the DeLuca Forum in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Building on Tuesday, December 6 at 4:30 pm. This event is free, open to all, and organized by the UW–Madison Religious Studies Program, School of Nursing, Center for Pre-Health Advising, and CARE.
  • The Gerontological Society of America—the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging—recently awarded the prestigious Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award to Barbara J. Bowers , PhD, RN, FAAN, professor emeritus of the UW–Madison School of Nursing and Founding Director of CARE.
  • School of Nursing Assistant Professor and CARE Affiliate Maichou Lor, PhD, RN is among those being recognized with 2022-23 Outstanding Women of Color Awards. Dr. Lor's research aims to reduce health disparities by improving symptom management and quality of life for patients with communication challenges, particularly those with limited English proficiency.
  • "One of the top preventive actions that may reduce risk for Alzheimer’s and related dementias is getting vision problems corrected, through methods such as eye exams, eyeglasses, and cataract surgery," finds research funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging .
  • A new AARP report on innovations in long-term services and supports advises, "When testing a new intervention, researchers should also assess whether that intervention is feasibly implementable and scalable. Research on reach, adoption, and maintenance of interventions is important. Researchers should also study the impact of innovations on equity in access and outcomes, both in program design and implementation."