Health and Health Care
203 - Health and Health Care: Preventing Communicable Diseases
Tuesday, July 17
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Executive Room-Lobby Level
Richard Wolitski, PhD
Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
Department of Health and Human Services
Laurie Konsella, MPA
acting Regional Health Administrator
HHS/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region VIII
Shannon Munro, PhD, APRN, BC, FNP-Preventing Hospital Acquired Pneumonia Among Non-Ventilated Veterans by Engaging Nursing Staff to Provide Consistent Oral Hygiene
Margaret Terjesen, DNP, RN, FNP-BC-Older Adults At Risk for Sexually Transmitted Disease
R Gordon Douglas, Jr., MD-Improving Adult Immunization Rates Through Partnership and Training: GSA's National Adult Vaccination Program
Addressing the importance and impact of communicable diseases in the older adult population is a vital part of any health promotion, prevention, surveillance or treatment program. Older adults can benefit from an array of health promotion and prevention strategies, regardless of their existing health status or living arrangements. These strategies include both those aimed at improving personal behaviors, as well as efforts by the public health and medical communities.
This panel of healthy aging experts will describe a number of communicable diseases prevalent among older adults, including associated risks and prevention strategies. Among these, programs to address hospital acquired pneumonia and sexually transmitted diseases are discussed. In addition, the Gerontological Society of America’s National Adult Vaccination Program is highlighted. Collectively, these programs focus on improving education and prevention efforts among older adults designed to positively influence and maintain physical, mental and cognitive health.
- Articulate the need for immunization programs focused on older adults.
- Identify how daily oral care helps prevent non-ventilator associated hospital acquired pneumonia.
- Describe trends in STD rates among older adults and articulate the importance of safe sex practices in the older population.