IDS: Maintaining Function & Providing Optimal Care to Older Adults

  • Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Virtual presentation via BlueJeans at | Meeting ID 361095905
  • Please RSVP by emailing Debra Reese. Please include your full name, email address, and institution/organization. 
  • This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. We will provide instructions on obtaining CME credit for attendance.

Maintaining Function and Providing Optimal Care to Older Adults Across Health Care Settings

This presentation will focus on the spectrum of functional capacity among residents of skilled nursing and other health care environments. We also will discuss how sensor technologies may be used to supplement more traditional functional status assessments for the early identification and intervention of acute events and age and disease-related declines in functioning over time. Finally, we will talk about how to recognize the gap between the clinical translation of functional status and the care plans and everyday activities of institutionalized older adults.

Mary (Libbey) Bowen, PhD
Assoc. Dean Research & Assoc. Professor, School of Nursing, University of Delaware
Research Health Science Specialist, Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Meet the Speaker

Mary (Libbey) Bowen, PhD

I am a VA Core Investigator and an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Delaware, with a decade of continuously funded research experience on the physical function of chronically ill older Veteran populations. After specialized training in physical function from a VA OAA Fellowship and Career Development Award, and experience from VA funded pilots, operations-level partnership projects, and my current VA Center and Merit Award, I am an expert in measuring and predicting physical function changes often triggered by disease progression and acute events such as delirium and falls. I focus on medically complex vulnerable groups of adults and am experienced using my own “big data” and nationally representative secondary datasets for longitudinal analyses. The physical function tools from my program of research have been/are in use by VA and non-VA researchers nationally. I am also tailoring evidence-based practices to the VA-setting to improve Veteran function in the community.

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