A National Resource Center in Ethnogeriatrics

Stanford Geriatric Education Center (SGEC) is a nationally recognized leader in the field of ethnogeriatrics, or health care for elders from diverse populations. Since SGEC was funded by the Bureau of the Health Professions (BHPr) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 1987, hundreds of resources have been developed, and over 1600 trainings have been conducted with over 32,000 faculty and health care providers from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, occupational therapy, pastoral counseling, and related fields.

Stanford GEC faculty and affiliates have developed a 10-course series on the topic of “Dementia & Diversity in Primary Care.”  Each course is CME accredited by Stanford University School of Medicine.

The first course is now “live” and can be accessed  HERE.

Additional courses in the series (e.g. those focusing on specific groups, such as African Americans and Latino/ Hispanic Americans, and LGBT) will be coming on line in 2016.

In Persons with ADRD

SGEC has worked with Linda Gerdner, PhD, to create an instructional video of her decades-long research into music as a non-pharmacological treatment of agitation in dementia care.
Watch the video
Individualized Music in Persons with ADRD [Flier in PDF]
Individualized Music Quick Reference Guide [PDF]
Evidence-Based Guidelines [PDF]
Ethnicity Is an Inherent Criterion for Assessment of Individualized Music for Persons With Alzheimer’s Disease [PDF]

In Hmong Americans

Linda A. Gerdner PhD, RN, FAAN
Stanford Geriatric Education Center

Ghia Xiong, Psy.D
Vang Leng Mouanoutoua, Ph.D

Fresno Center for New Americans-Living Well Program
Fresno, CA

Hmong Americans have become a growing segment of the United States of America. Let’s learn more about the thousands of Hmong people who have settled here. Watch the Video

Collaborative Opportunities

SGEC welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively with community agencies that provide health or mental health care to ethnically diverse older adults to develop training programs in ethnogeriatrics for health care providers. Training can be provided on site or delivered through technologies of various kinds. To discuss these opportunities please contact stanfordgec@stanford.edu.

SGEC also welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with community and four-year colleges and universities to develop tailored, technology-based faculty development programs incorporating ethnogeriatric information. Institutions serving diverse student bodies with limited access to Geriatric Education Centers (GECs) in their region are particularly invited to contact SGEC at stanfordgec@stanford.edu.

SGEC works with community and academic partners to develop and implement research on topics in ethnogeriatrics, for example, improving diabetes self-care in minority elders. The opportunity to discuss ideas for collaborative research and program evaluation, and options to secure funding to support these efforts is welcome. Please contact Dr. Gallagher-Thompson dolorest@stanford.edu.

Recent Events

February 25, 2015
Dementia Care Education Conference
Pasadena Convention Center

February 23, 2015
Dementia Care Education Conference
Sheraton Grand, Sacramento

February 20, 2015
Dementia Care Awareness for LGBT Adults Conference
Milton Marks Conference Center, San Francisco

January 9, 2015
Nephrology Conference
Shared Decision Making with Diverse Patients
Sobrato Center, Redwood City, CA
[conference downloads]

2016 Updates on Dementia

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Crown Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Dr.
Foster City, CA 94404
Download Brochure
Register today!


2016 Stanford GEC 160-Hour Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics

Melen McBride, RN PhD; Nancy Hikoyeda, DrPH; Marita Grudzen, MHS; Kala Mehta, DSc, MPH; Marian Tzuang, MSW; Gwen Yeo, PhD

GSA 2015

Aging is a Lifelong Process.

2015 Updates on Dementia

2015 LGBT & Caregiving for Persons with Alzheimer's

Geriatric Emergency Preparedness

2015 SGEC Webinars