The TRY THIS: Best Practices in Care for Older Adults series of assessment tools for bedside nurses is now not only available on the internet but also as personal digital assistant (PDA) downloads at no cost to every nurse, nurse educator, and nursing leader. They can be found on the website of The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing’s site and on the interactive website of the Nurse Competence in Aging initiative,

“Now nurses can literally bring best practices in care for older adults to their patients’ bedsides using portable electronic devices,” says Mathy Mezey, director of the Hartford Institute, which is based at NYU College of Nursing.

The TRY THIS series offers easily accessible, easy-to-use, and easy-to implement assessments and tips that encourage the use of best practices in the care of older adults by all direct-care nurses. The 30 issues of TRY THIS cover 21 topics related to older-adult health, and 9 topics address dementia in particular. The series includes assessment tools for fall risk, pain, depression, ulcers, urinary incontinence, elder abuse, caregiver strain, and many other topics.

Find the TRY THIS series on the websites listed above or contact Yamilee Basile at

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