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Timeline - Institute for Gerontology

Various Nursing Staff and Dean2013

Dr. Anne Prisco, President of Felician University, established an Institute for Gerontology (IFG) and appointed a three-member Steering Committee to craft the mission, vision and business plan.


2014

Dr. Prisco appointed a 15-member Advisory Board made up of experts in the field of gerontology.      

The IFG received a $25,000 grant from Felician Services Inc. (FSI), sponsored by the Felician Sisters.  

A White Paper summarizing the gaps in senior care programs and service was written by the Steering Committee following its individual interviews with members of the IFG Advisory Board.        

A second White Paper summarizing the gaps in senior care program and services was written by the Steering Committee, who conducted three Focus Group Meetings with 25 members from Older is Better, a local group of Bergen County older seniors; 15 residents at the Bartley Healthcare Nursing, Rehabilitation & Assisted Living in Jackson, and 17 seniors at the 55 KIP Center in Rutherford.

Both groups identified similar issues related to the difficulties with aging in place, housing, transportation, isolation, finances, health care services, mental health issues including dementia, legal services, and difficulty navigating the multiple sources of available information.   

The Steering Committee met with the New Jersey Deputy Director of the Division of Human Services and Senior Services, and the Community Liaison from the New Jersey American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Chapter to learn how the government and the association were addressing the needs of older adults in NJ.   


2015

The IFG received a $30,500 grant from FSI to develop a Care Coordination Certification (Patient Navigator) program to address identified patient care needs within the industry.  

A research team of faculty from the Schools of Nursing, Business, and Arts and Sciences was established to investigate the lack of aging planning on the part of college age students.  A research study on “Aging Expectations, Attitudes and Perceptions of College Students” was designed to identify planning practices for life changes by college age students.      

Dr. Muriel M. Shore, Dean of the School of Nursing, was appointed part-time Director of the IFG.    

The IFG served as a co-sponsor of the NJ Foundation on Aging annual conference in Jamesburg.      


2016

The IFG received a $34,300 grant from FSI to broaden the scope of its work. 

The Research Team launched its study on “Aging Expectations, Attitudes and Perceptions of College Studenton March 14, 2016, which was completed fall 2016 – 478 students participated in the study.  

The Research Team attended the American Society of Aging Conference in Washington, DC, March, 2016. 

Dr. Elizabeth Speakman, Co-Founder of the Thomas Jefferson University Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE), was engaged to offer a two-day faculty development workshop on IPE for the Schools of Nursing, Business and Arts and Science on April 20, 2016, and June 8, 2016, to prepare faculty to incorporate IPE within their graduate health care programs. 

Felician University signed an agreement with Bartley Healthcare and Caucus Education Corporation Productions on the development of the "Aging in America".  

IFG served as a co-sponsor for the Caregivers Conference with the Bergen County Division of Senior Services at Felician University, April 9, 2016, and as co-sponsor of the New Jersewy Foundation for Aging Conference on Caregivers, June 2, 2016. 

Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized marketing research consulting firm, was engaged to assist in identifying which new graduate health care programs would be most feasible for Felician University to pursue in their desire to address the expanding needs of older adults and the elderly. 

The 18-credit Care Certification Course was developed by both the Schools of Nursing and Business.      

The Research Team submitted an abstract of their research on “Aging Expectations, Attitudes and Perceptions of College Students” to the American Society on Aging, which was accepted for a 60-minute presentation at the March 2017 Conference in Chicago, Illinois.


2017

The Research Team presented their research at the American Society of Aging Conference in Chicago, Illinois, March 23, 2017. The team is finalizing an article which they will be submitting for publication to a major aging/gerontology journal, and plan to copyright the 60-item questionnaire.    

Media Collaboration/Aging in America Documentary Series

The five series of Aging in America taping began February 2017. To date, Dr. Theresa Redling, Senator Robert Gordon, Phillip Scalo, Esq., Dr. Muriel Shore, Emily Allen, Senior Vice President, AARP Foundation and Dr. Terry Fulmer from the Hartford Foundation have been taped and aired on public television. 

Community Caregiver Conference CoSponsor

IFG served as a co-sponsor of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging Conference on Caregivers, June 2017.

Fund Raising to Support the Institute for Gerontology

IFG is exploring community and business partnership interests in offering a state-wide Summit on Aging in 2018/2019.     

IFG Advisory Board Meetings

The IFG Advisory Board met April 18, 2017 and September 13, 2017.   


2018

Research

The Research Team submitted an abstract on “A Cost Effective Approach to Establishing an Institute for Gerontology in a University Setting” which was accepted for an American Society of Aging Conference in San Francisco, California, March, 2018.