The Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) is an interdisciplinary center which provides geriatric education and training for Montana health professionals, higher education faculty, and students, so they might better meet the health needs of the older residents of the state.
The Geriatric Simulation training provides empathy lessons to understand the physical challenges older adults face such as tremors, hearing impairments, visual impairments and impairments to mobility.Experiential learning is impactful. To be able to ‘feel’ like an elderly adult really drives home the challenges they face with everyday tasks and health care workers can internalize the struggles they experience while in the Geriatric Simulation suit and it enhances their innate empathy.
The Geriatric Simulation Suit lessons consist of the full suit-empathy lesson, the visual impairment lessons and the hearing impairment lessons. All focus on building understanding and empathy as you process through the impairments while conducting tasks that you’d normally execute in daily life – the suit makes you feel very much like an older adult with physical impairments.
This program is targeted at any member of the interdisciplinary team – Certified Nursing Assistant to MD. They also train volunteers who work with older adults as well as EMT’s and Fire Fighters.
Linda Roers is available to come to your facility and conduct this training for FREE. She covers Billings – East to the ND border!
Linda Roers, MBA, CDP, CADDCT
Geriatric Educator, RiverStone Health
(406) 651- 6484
Funding Sources: Montana Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program of the MT Geriatric Education Center
The Montana Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (MGWEP) provides geriatric education and training for Montana health professionals, higher education faculty, and health professions students so that they might better meet the health needs of the older residents of the state. Programming continues to be developed and refined for a variety of health professionals including nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, mental health providers and social workers.
The Montana Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28733, Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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