Spotlight on Special Interest Group 15, Gerontology SIG 15 has 1,935 affiliates. Our affiliates are facing significant challenges in their work environments related directly to growth in the population of older American adults and their patients’ medical complexities. Their work is further complicated by continuous changes in health care reimbursement and regulations that sometimes present ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   November 01, 2015
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 15, Gerontology
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SIG Spotlight   |   November 01, 2015
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 15, Gerontology
The ASHA Leader, November 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20112015.np
The ASHA Leader, November 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20112015.np
How many affiliates does your SIG have?
SIG 15 has 1,935 affiliates.
Is there an important new issue surrounding your SIG’s subject matter right now? Highlight a timely event or trend.
Our affiliates are facing significant challenges in their work environments related directly to growth in the population of older American adults and their patients’ medical complexities. Their work is further complicated by continuous changes in health care reimbursement and regulations that sometimes present ethical and professional practice challenges.
However, an exciting opportunity involves exploration of our roles in the movement of aging-culture change that supports the creation of long- and short-term living environments, as well as community-based settings where older adults and their caregivers are able to express choice and practice self-determination in meaningful ways at every level of daily life. We are also exploring clinical specialty certification in gerontology so that clinicians working with the geriatric population can demonstrate and enhance their expertise.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
This year, SIG 15 aligned with the Voice and Alaryngeal Communication track for the 2015 ASHA Convention. We are very pleased that SIG 15 is sponsoring two great sessions that we think will appeal to those working with older adults. Our three-hour short-course session, “Opportunity in the Challenge of Health Care: Identifying & Treating Dysphonia in Long-Term Care,” will be presented by Kate Krival, Renee Kinder and Edgar Clark. The presenters, using practical instruction and case analysis, will describe realistic assessment and therapy solutions to common barriers to care, coding and reimbursement, and outcome measurement. In addition, Jeanette Benigas is presenting our invited one-hour session, “Using Spaced Retrieval as a Treatment Tool for Older Adults With Voice and Memory Impairments.”
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
We recommend the article “Dysphagia Services in Nursing Homes: An Opportunity for Improving Patient Outcomes Through Palliative Care,” written by Kate Krival, who enlightens us about methods for improving dysphagia outcomes through palliative care approaches that are essential in long-term care settings.
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