Resources for the Care of Older Adults

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) wants to ensure that medical-surgical nurses have the evidence-based resources they need to provide quality care to older adults. The U.S. population of older adults is increasing in quantity and proportion.

  • The older population—persons 65 years or older—numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.5% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans.
  • People 65+ represented 14.5% of the population in the year 2014 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040.
  • By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2014.1 (Administration on Aging, 2015)

1 Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015; A Profile of Older Americans: 2015. Retrieved from

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

AMSN recommends the online resources provided by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University’s College of Nursing.


Their website is simple to navigate and organizes information on many topics relating to the care of the aging population.

Clinical resource tools are available as well as information on continuing education, certification and patient advocacy.

AMSN has endorsed the Specialty Nursing Association Global Vision Statement on Care of Older Adults, an initiative of the Hartford Institute, which emphasizes that the nursing workforce must become equipped to meet the changing and specific health care needs of the rapidly increasing older adult population in the US.

Download the Vision Statement

Geriatric Resources from AMSN


This publication is available for purchase in the AMSN Store > Publications:

Roman, M. (2016). Care of the geriatric patient. In Craven, H (Ed.) Core Curriculum for Medical Surgical Nursing (5th Edition). (pp. 37-51) Pitman, NJ: Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses.

Journal Articles in MEDSURG Nursing

AMSN members can access past issues of MEDSURG Nursing online for free. (You must be logged in to your AMSN account in order to access the Issues Archive). Articles are listed in a format that is easy to locate in the Issues Archive, instead of APA format.

If you are not a member of AMSN, MEDSURG Nursing is indexed with several document delivery services like CINAHL, Ovid, and PubMed.


  • Bathing Disability and Bathing Persons with Dementia. 24(1). February
  • Delirium Why Are Nurses Confused? 24 (1). February


  • Implementing a Comprehensive Functional Model of Care in Hospitalized Older Adults. 23(6).  December


  • Delirium in Geriatric Patients: Identification and Prevention.  22(1).  February


  • Beers Criteria for Potential Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults, 129.

Presentations from AMSN Annual Conventions

The following presentation can be purchased through the AMSN Online Library:

  • Delaney, L. & Miller, K. (2013, September 28). Non-Pharmacologic Nursing Interventions to Promote Sleep in Older Adult Inpatients. Presented at the 22nd Annual AMSN Convention in Nashville, TN. Purchase session