A Leading Source for Interdisciplinary Education
RIGEC’s mission is to help prepare health care and human service professionals, faculty, and students to better meet the physical, functional, and psychosocial needs of older adults. We do this through interdisciplinary education that spans workshops, clinical training, special lectures, academic courses, and faculty development programs.
Why the Need for Geriatric Education?
Older adults are the fastest growing segment of the US population, and people are living longer than ever before. Most health care providers will encounter older adults in their practice, yet very few health professionals receive any formal education or training in gerontology or geriatrics. In fact, a 2008 Institute of Medicine report issued a warning call that the US health care workforce is inadequately prepared to meet the needs of older adults. This can lead to misdiagnosis, under or over treatment, medication errors, increased hospitalizations, poorer outcomes, increased costs, and reduced quality of life for older adults and their loved ones.
RIGEC’s educational programs will help ensure that you are well prepared to provide high quality, evidence-based care for older adults. You will be able to distinguish normal age-related changes from pathology. You will know that physiologic changes that occur with aging can affect the way that medications are absorbed, distributed, metabolized and eliminated. You will recognize that the signs and symptoms of illness in older adults often present very differently than in younger adults. You will understand that functional and cognitive decline, depression, and disability are not inevitable consequences of aging and you will know what you can do to help.