Fall 2020 Newsletter
By Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE, Director, Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging (DWR IOA)
Happy fall everyone! I just want to take a brief moment of your time to wish you a great and safe fall and winter. I know 2020 has been extremely challenging for most of us, but we are persevering. We at the AGEC have actually learned and grown a LOT. We have converted most of our programs so that they are available via virtual platforms and have actually increased our reach in many ways. We now understand (somewhat anyway) and utilize new and diverse technologies to present our programs, improve our communications, and extend our reach.
We have tried to concentrate on how we can help older adults learn about and adapt to e-visits and telemedicine and how we can use virtual platforms to keep educating older adults and healthcare professionals. We have developed “how-to” videos on such things as hand washing, using gloves, How to Join a Zoom call, and Learning the Zoom Screen. We have also developed new tools to help older adults stay active and social by providing virtual physical activity classes and informational topics on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are also making an effort to reach those older adults in their homes, maybe isolated at home, by continually working with our partners who provide local services to older adults such as churches and senior centers.
I am not sure what the fall/winter of 2020/2021 will bring, but we are continually working, changing and trying to keep ready for the upcoming challenges. We are and want to continue to be part of positive change. If you have ideas for us, please let us know!
Stayed tuned to the AGEC website, Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for upcoming exciting programs and please share the embedded links regarding the Zoom videos to your patients and family members who might benefit! Stay safe everyone, and remember to get your flu shot and to remind your patients to get theirs too!!!