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Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Programs and Projects

CGNE and it’s affiliated faculty collaborate on several programs and projects nationwide.

Family-centered Function Focused Care (Fam-FCC)

This study will address the effectiveness of Family-centered Function Focused Care (Fam-FFC). Fam-FFC is a theoretically-based approach to care in which family caregivers partner with nurses to prevent functional decline and other complications related to hospitalization in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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Nursing Home Toolkit

Resources to help staff in senior living communities promote nonpharmacologic behavioral health strategies to address behavioral and psychological symptoms of distress (BPSD) that frequently occur in long-term care residential settings, especially among residents with dementia.

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Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI)

PELI is a project that partners with nursing homes to provide education and training to prioritize person-centered care for residents.

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Program for Enhancing Excellence in Care (PEEC)

PEEC is a pilot project currently being implemented in a skilled nursing facility and four day centers for older adults.

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Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care

The Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care is an academic initiative within the Geriatric Center at Penn State

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ReMind Lab

An interdisciplinary research team dedicated to identifying individuals at risk for cognitive decline and developing interventions to maximize everyday function and well-being.

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Researching Efficient Approaches to Delirium Identification (READI)

This project aims to improve the care of older adults by developing an identification protocol to detect delirium in hospitalized adults age 70 and older.

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