Dr. Glenda Westmoreland recognizes the importance of relating to her patients and giving them the access to information and resources they need for improved quality of life. Striving for this kind of understanding fuels her desire to support physicians around Indiana through the Geriatrics Education Network of Indiana (GENI) project.
GENI’s goal is to educate physicians on four common conditions they are likely to encounter in their practice with older adults—falls, dementia, depression, and urinary incontinence—and provide them with information and knowledge to successfully support their patients. Physicians are provided with information on local resources and user-friendly materials to help patients cope with these conditions. This provides a necessary bridge between the screening for these conditions and the acquisition or utilization of available resources that lead to solutions for an increased quality of life.
The success of the GENI Project lies in its commitment to building a statewide network of physicians who provide care for older adults. The network facilitates the quick sharing of information and resources that make a difference in people’s lives. The project also has focused on both graduate and undergraduate medical education by providing future physicians with the knowledge and resources they need to address these common conditions.
GENI is an excellent example of how faculty at IUPUI are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.