GAIT: Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team


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eriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) training workshops emphasize the value of an interdisciplinary team approach to the assessment and treatment of older adults. Students participate in one or two-day workshops at selected facilities on the Eastern Shore.

 

 

What to expect?

  • Team Building with other healthcare students
  • Aging Simulation Exercises
  • Medications and the Elderly presented by a guest pharmacist
  • Focus topic lecture presented by a guest speaker (past topics include dementia, fall risks, hospice care, diabetes)
  • Observe Host Site Interdisciplinary Team Meeting
  • Patient Assessments and Interviews in small Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Team Treatment Planning to develop an Interdisciplinary Care Plan
  • Patient Presentations by each Interdisciplinary Team

Aging Simulation Training

GAIT is funded by grants through theGeriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research(GGEAR) program at the University of Maryland Baltimore and theJohns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium(GECC).

 

Pictures of participants in our aging sensitivity training and some testimonies

 

Here we have a simulation of someone trying to sew buttons onto a piece of fabric. It may sound easy but decreased sensation and movement can make simple everyday tasks difficult with age.

“Great experience that allows you to get a better understanding of age related changes, and some of the frustrations associated with these changes. I will try to keep this understanding as I practice medicine.”

 

 

 

 

We have another participant here trying to open up pill containers and distinguish the color of the pills. This may sound simple but with yellow lenses and decreased sensation the child proof pill containers can be tricky to open.

“The aging simulation exercise gave me insight on what it feels like to age. I was able to do some activities with ease while some were more difficult. I developed a new respect with the elderly as they go through their daily activities while battling these disabilities.”

 

 

 

Note: Training materials, hotel accommodations and meals are provided at no cost to healthcare students from the University of Maryland System and Eastern Shore community colleges. Travel stipends are also provided.

 

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