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Minnesota Northstar GWEP News

May 2024

Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO offers virtual community to share best practices, improve quality of life and operational outcomes for Minnesota’s older adults

April 2024

Joe Gaugler, PhD, is honored as the 2024 Distinguished Ambassador in Aging by the Aging Life Care Association. Dr. Gaugler is co-director of the Minnesota Northstar GWEP and Director of the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation.

See this article on dementia education within African immigrant communities in Minnesota, by Dr. Manka Nkimbeng in collaboration with Immigrant Memory Collaborative and African Career, Education and Resources (ACER), Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation and the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program. 

How the tight labor market is impacting ageism in the workplace with Dr. Rajean Moone, MN GWEP expert.

February 2024

Dr. Stephen K. Shuman, DDS, MS was honored from the Minneapolis District Dental Society. Dr. Shuman is a dental expert with MN GWEP

See this presentation about living arrangements for older adults, including information about long term care, by GWEP Expert Dr. Ben Rosenstein, MD MS "Is it time for a new place? Making the Case". This presentation was in Saint Paul, Minnesota, at Saint Anthony Park Library. This was an overview of when and how to have the often tough discussion with a friend or loved one about moving to a new living arrangement. The presentation reviewed the different forms of long-term care, considerations when reviewing options, and ways to approach this discussion.   

December 2023

Winners of the 2023 Minnesota Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition

An important webinar was hosted in Minnesota regarding partnerships between BOLD and GWEP and State Departments of Public Health. Watch here: Partnering with GWEPs in Dementia Caregiving and Education: Opportunities for Public Health. Facilitated by Joe Gaugler, PhD, MN GWEP co-director and director of the BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving. 

November 2023

Polypharmacy with Dr. Ben Rosenstein MD: a podcast interview from the Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Group at the University of Minnesota. This podcast is available on this website and wherever you get your podcasts. For more information on the Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Group and the University of Minnesota Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, visit:
Understanding Medicare, Medicaid, & Hospice Benefits for Providers, featuring a new Geriatric Educational Toolkit authored by MN GWEP expert James Pacala, MD, MS. See the toolkit here: Understanding Benefits

Addressing the Needs of an Aging Population Through Health Professions Education: Proceedings of a Workshop (2023) is a book published by National Academies of Science Engineering Medicine, and features MN GWEP expert Teresa McCarthy, MD MS. The National Academies Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education hosted a Fall 2022 workshop, with speakers Teresa McCarthy and Teresa Schicker. Discussions included the composition of the intended health workforce, training requirements for each level of care provider, who would provide the training and education, and in what setting the training would take place. Dr. McCarthy and Ms. Schicker presented to NASEM in a workshop on December 7, 2022.

October 2023

Promising Treatment for Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease featuring MN GWEP expert Joe Gaugler, PhD and the Families and Long-Term Care research team

September 2023

Local Educational Event Seeks Sponsors

August 2023

Minnesota policymakers plan for a rapidly aging population, featuring MN GWEP expert Dr. Joe Gaugler

June 2023

UMN Geriatrician Receives Prestigious Geriatric Academic Career Award

May 2023


Addressing Ageism in Healthcare

Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults

March 2023

A Path to Hope: New Toolkit Offers Resources to Assess and Prevent Suicide in Older Adults

Talking healthcare for LGBTQ older adults with U of M

February 2023

The Importance of Learning to Care for Older LGBTQ Adults

December 2022

Aging Veterans with Dr. Ed Ratner MD: a podcast interview from the Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Group at the University of Minnesota. This podcast is available on this website and wherever you get your podcasts. For more information on the Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Group and the University of Minnesota Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, visit:

November 2022 

Talking family caregivers with U of M, featuring MN GWEP expert Joe Gaugler, PhD

Aging Well: an article featuring the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, including GWEP leaders Joe Gaugler, Shekinah Fashaw-Walters, Rajean Moone, and Robbin Frazier. The article is at 

UMN Team Wins 2022 Inter-university Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition

October 2022

Art + Medicine: Healthy Aging is a film which explores healthcare through story, song and the arts, hosted by Drs. Jon Hallberg and Tseganesh Selameab. This series is a co-production of TPT-Twin Cities PBS and the Center for the Art of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in academic partnership with the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition Seeks Sponsors for the First Time, featuring MN GWEP expert Kristine Talley, PhD, CNP, RN, FGSA. 

Workforce Enhancement and Support: GWEP + MAGIC by Teresa M. Schicker, MPA.

A student-led team published a wonderful article in the journal Gerontology and Geriatrics Education titled "Effect of a Dementia Friends information session on health professional students’ attitudes and knowledge related to dementia". See more about Dementia Friends at the University of Minnesota.

Community members will attend a film premier of "Art + Medicine: Healthy Aging." This explores healthy aging with Dr. Jon Hallberg and Dr. Tseganesh Selameab through the 4Ms framework of Mobility, Mentation (more commonly thought of as mood and memory), Medication and What Matters to older adults, all through an artistic lens. This is a co-production with the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Center for the Art of Medicine, Twin Cities Public Television, and the John A. Hartford Foundation, with additional support from Tom and Meredith Olson and in academic partnership with the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

September 2022

Dr. Talley was invited to speak about the MN-GWEP Educational Tools and Age-Friendly Care and Education Collection to the national leaders of the network of Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program - Coordinating Council. Here is the recording featuring MN GWEP expert Kristine M. Talley, PhD, CNP, RN.

August 2022

Minnesota's home health care industry and the growing labor shortage, featuring MN GWEP expert Joe Gaugler, PhD

See this story about the  Effective Medication Self-Management Toolkit! This toolkit contains resources for teaching older persons and family caregivers how to conduct a medication self-management assessment. It contains introductory material appropriate for undergraduate- and graduate-level learners and is intended to help older persons confidently manage their medications. Authored by MN GWEP expert Brian J. Isetts, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA.

A tool useful for patients and caregivers, the Medication Management Self-Efficacy Checklist is here.   

Here is a wonderful interview, “Talking with the U of M,” in which Dr. Isetts, a University of Minnesota expert, answers questions about the Effective Medication Self-Management Toolkit. Featuring MN GWEP expert Brian J. Isetts, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA.

Geriatric Toolkits Offer Specialized Knowledge to Healthcare Educators, featuring MN GWEP expert Kristine M. Talley, PhD, CNP, RN.

The Caring for People with Memory Loss Conference Provides a Supportive Space for Families and Researchers, featuring MN GWEP expert Joe Gaugler, PhD.

What LGBTQ Seniors Face in Assisted Living and Care Facilitieswith MN GWEP expert Rajean Moone, PhD, LNHA/LALD, FGSA.

July 2022

Dr. Manka Nkimbeng offered a wonderful interview in the podcast "Immigrant Experiences of Aging" in Voices of Aging with ASIG. Dr. Nkimbeng leads the MN GWEP project Immigrant Memory Collaborative Project

June 2022

Research on needs of LGBTQ older adults reveals progress over the past 30 years

May 2022

Minnesota group leads effort in dementia-friendly oral health care

April 2022

Listen to a podcast on the Dementia Friends Program: Teresa McCarthy Voices of Aging with ASIG, featuring MN GWEP expert Teresa McCarthy, MD, MS

March 2022

The quality, cost and and future of long-term care in Minnesota
Featuring MN GWEP expert Dr. Rajean Moone, the faculty director of the Long-Term Care Administration for Professionals in CCAPS

February 2022

4 (Imperfect) Ways Retirees Can Pay for Dental Care, featuring MN GWEP expert Stephen Shuman, DDS

Grassroots, Volunteer-Led Dementia Friends Offers Interprofessional Learning Opportunities for Future Clinicians
Featuring MN GWEP experts Teresa McCarthy, MD, MS, and Brian Isetts, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA.

January 2022

Los requisitos de pruebas para visitar las residencias de ancianos dejan a las familias atrapadas en ‘otro confinamiento’
MN GWEP expertise in the News: Joe Gaugler, PhD, co-investigator in the Minnesota Northstar GWEP.

December 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Kristine Talley, who led a project included in the journal Innovation in Aging, Dec. 2021: "An Inter-University Virtual Geriatric Case Competition to Build Interprofessional Collaboration Skills

Understanding Ageism: Prejudice Against Our Future Self, by Dawn Simonson, MPA, CEO of Trellis and a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

November 2021

Northland Diversity in Aging Series Launches with First Event Focusing on Caregivers
MN GWEP expertise in the News: Rajean Moone PhD, in the Minnesota Northstar GWEP.

Community-University Health Care Center CEO Colleen McDonald Diouf Awarded 2021-2022 Charlotte Striebel Equity Award

Spotlight on the Volunteer Coaches and Judges for the Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition

Congratulations to the Winning Team of the 2021 Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition

2021 Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition: Top Three Teams Announced

October 2021

MN GWEP expertise in the News: James Pacala, MD, MS, Program Director of the Minnesota Northstar GWEP.

How to deal with dry mouth, featuring Dr. Stephen Schuman, professor & director, Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, School of Dentistry - University of Minnesota, and member of the Interprofessional Geriatrics Coordinating Council, Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

September 2021

Gratitude for the legacy of Dr. Jean Wyman and congratulations on her retirement: Jean Wyman, PhD, RN, GNP, FGSA, FAAN, a former leader of the Minnesota Northstar GWEP, retired from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in August 2021. Dr. Wyman offered 24 years of service to the University as professor and Cora Meidl Siehl Chair in Nursing Research, including serving as a co-director for the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (MN GWEP).

Voices of Aging with ASIG UMN podcast featuring MN Northstar GWEP project manager Teresa Schicker, who discusses the UMN Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition (episode one and episode two).

August 2021

Working Together to Improve Geriatric Health: The Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Enhancement Program (MN GWEP) is a leader in collaboration and outreach with GWEPs across the country

July 2021

The importance of 'deprescribing' medications for older adults, featuring MN GWEP expert Jon Hallberg, MD

June 2021

Elder care advocates weigh in on next steps for MN seniors amid coronavirus - Pioneer Press

May 2021

Sandwich Generation: LGBTQ aging needs assessment survey to gain better understanding - KARE 11

April 2021

What's In Biden's $400 Billion Plan To Support Families' Long-Term Health Needs
MN GWEP expertise in the news: Joe Gaugler, PhD, co-investigator in the Minnesota Northstar GWEP.

Biden Seeks $400 Billion to Buttress Long-Term Care. A Look at What’s at Stake.
Joe Gaugler, PhD, co-investigator in the Minnesota Northstar GWEP, lends his expertise to this article as well.

Pill-Dispensing Tech Makes the Medicine Go Down...With Human Help, That Is - The Wall Street Journal

Pandemic-Driven Disruptions in Oral Health: 10 Transformative Trends in Care for Older Adults
MN GWEP expert publication: Stephen Shuman, DDS, in the Minnesota Northstar GWEP.

The Upper Midwest Nursing Home COVID-19 ECHO Collaborative Advances Preparedness, Safety and Infection Control During COVID-19

March 2021

Seeking LGBTQ Needs Assessment Survey Participants - LeadingAge Minnesota

Long-term care reunions: What families need to know - KARE 11

February 2021

Minnesota bill would shield health care providers from COVID-related lawsuits - Star Tribune

Minnesota Northstar GWEP Newsletter (PDF)

Minnesota Ranks Number One in Long-Term Support and Services: Recognizing Achievement While Bridging Equity Gaps

January 2021

Paper: Applying the Age-Friendly Health System Framework to Long-Term Care Settings

Two Clinics Join Age-Friendly Health Systems, a Nationwide Movement to Improve Health Care for Older Adults

Resources for the Caregiver: Dementia Outreach and Education

December 2020

A winter in isolation: How to stay connected during a lonely pandemic - MPR

Is the Pandemic Hurting Your Teeth?

Special Feature in the Star Tribune Featuring Jim Pacala, MD, MS: Preparing Minnesota for a "Silver Tsunami"

November 2020

Fall 2020 Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition Winners Announced

Winning UMN Team Announced Following Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition Semi-Finals

October 2020

Dementia Friends Information Sessions: Cultivating Sensitivity in Caring for People with Cognitive Impairment

University of Minnesota joins Global Network of Age-Friendly Universities in Commitment to Lifelong Learning and Older Adults

September 2020

New Ideas to Make Long-Term Care Insurance Cheaper and Better - Next Avenue

U of M School of Public Health to establish the Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving

Launching the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation

August 2020

Our vast family care system for the elderly is at risk of collapse - Star Tribune

June 2020

Joy in Aging: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Rosalie Kane

Elder care advocates weigh in on next steps for MN seniors amid coronavirus

What is being done to implement Age-Friendly health care?

Dr. Joe Gaugler, Co-Director of the Minnesota Northstar GWEP, facilitated "Aging on the Farm" in collaboration with UMASH (Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center) on June 15, 2020. They hosted a forum to engage community and health-related organizations and community members on the topic of aging in place for the agricultural workforce and their communities. Download the forum slides and view the videos and other materials here.

May 2020

Remembering longtime University of Minnesota professor Dr. Rosalie Kane

February 2020

Making Dental Care Dementia Friendly (U of M School of Dentistry)

UMN program seeks to make Minnesota more Age-Friendly

January 2020

Professor travels the state to spread dementia awareness

Over 65? Smoked even a little in your lifetime? You might want to get screened for this

December 2019

Age-friendly health systems: Providing care that matters

Minnesota takes first steps to become "Age-Friendly society" to address number of seniors

State of Minnesota executive order: Establishing the governor's council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota

Low-risk operations more dangerous for elderly patients than previously thought

November 2019

Moving toward an age-friendly Minnesota: We still have much to do.

Alzheimer's disease topic of program in Crosslake

October 2019

Five Ways We Are Aging Better than Ever

Deciding when to stop screening for cancer is 'tricky.' So is having that conversation with patients

Martin County is a Stop on the Statewide Tour of Dr. Joseph Gaugler Speaking on Alzheimer’s

CREST To Host Martin County Stop on Alzheimer’s Tour

September 2019

Can early hearing loss intervention help stave off dementia?

Making Strides Toward Age-Friendly Healthcare

July 2019

UMN Medical School’s Dr. James Pacala Awarded $3.74M in Funding for Geriatric Health

June 2019

University of Minnesota receives $3.74 million geriatrics workforce grant