The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing and Maple Knoll Communities are expanding their partnership to reach and inform a worldwide audience through monthly ‘Ask a UC Nurse’ radio shows on WMKV, 89.3 FM and streaming at www.wmkvfm.org. With guests including the college’s dean Greer Glazer, PhD, and faculty members, health care professionals will answer questions from listeners and share self-care strategies to prevent further illness, while maintaining independence, functioning and mental and physical health.
Since 2012, UC College of Nursing and Maple Knoll have worked together to ensure quality geriatric care and conduct cutting-edge research of technologies aimed at keeping seniors in their own homes or communities longer. In addition to intergenerational relationships, opportunities to age in place and telehealth services, this collaboration became the testing ground for innovative student projects aimed at detecting falls, preventing medication errors and making life easier for an aging population.
“Nurses can efficiently assess, analyze and interpret each patient’s situation, as well as anticipate possible outcomes, formulate and implement a plan in a timely fashion,” says Glazer. “With the coming of the so-called ‘silver tsunami’ of aging baby boomers, these skills will be crucial for nurses to actively champion the primary care of the elderly.”
Nurses of all specialties have traditionally been leaders in elder care and will continue to play a critical role in addressing the challenges of geriatric health care in coming years, acting as patient advocates responsible for an integral part of comprehensive standards of care and health promotion, according to Glazer.
Hosted by Robyn Carey Allgeyer, the hour-long show airs every second Monday of the month, at 1 p.m. EST, and covers a wide variety of topics with a focus on aging well, including fitness, managing high blood pressure, smoking cessation, back pain, preventing falls, overuse of medication and more. For additional information please visit www.wmkvfm.org or call 513-782-2427.