CAREI Participates in the Evaluation of the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center
Deb Ingram, Ph.D., research associate at CAREI, is working with staff at the University of Minnesota's Center on Aging (School of Public Health) to evaluate activities carried out by the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC). MAGEC is funded in part by a grant received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. MAGEC offers geriatric education for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students throughout the University of Minnesota and continuing professional development for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and dentists. A major focus of the evaluation is the MAGEC Fellowship Program which provides continuing education for staff of long-term care facilities in Minnesota. The goal of the program is to support an initiative which is designed to provide better care for the elderly, resulting in a decrease in unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits. MAGEC is one of several U of M grant-funded projects that have been evaluated by CAREI.