Assessment Tools - Try This:® and How To Try This Resources

The General Assessment Try This:® Series offers assessment tools on a variety of topics relevant to the care of older adults. The How to Try This series is comprised of articles and videos presenting cases studies demonstrating the use of the Try This:® series. How to Try This articles and videos are listed under their respective Try This article.

Focused on tools and strategies in the assessment of older adults with dementia.

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) in collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to introduce a new Try This® Series focused on Quality Improvement in healthcare for older adults. Healthcare organizations have undergone an evolution and transformation in QI over time. This new Try This® Series responds to a growing need for QI approaches to address the unique challenges of improving quality outcomes related to conditions that predominantly occur in older adults.

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You may access the How to Try This series, including access all articles, videos and Continuing Education by going to and clicking on the How to Try This link.

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Try This, Best Practices in Care for Older Adults series

The goal of the Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults series of assessment tools is to provide knowledge of best practices in the care of older adults that is:

  • easily accessible
  • easily understood
  • easily implemented, and
  • to encourage the use of these best practices by all direct care nurses

The content is directed to orient and encourage all nurses to understand the special needs of older adults and utilize the highest standards of practice in caring for the elderly.

Each Try This issue is a 2-page document with a description of why the topic is important when caring for older patients on the first page, and an assessment tool that can be administered in 20 minutes or less on the second page. The series is accessible here online and also as hard copy. Try This instruments are designed to be used as screening tools, not for diagnosis.

How To Try This Series

Go to and click on the How to Try This link to access all articles, videos and Continuing Education in this series.

The How to Try This series, a John A. Hartford Foundation-funded project provided to the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University's College of Nursing in collaboration with the American Journal of Nursing, translates the evidence-based geriatric assessment tools in the Try This assessment series into cost-free, web-based resources including demonstration videos, and a corresponding print series featured in the AJN, developed to build geriatric assessment skills - the foundation for appropriate care of older adults.

Videos can be watched in their entire format, or in chapters that relate to the specific assessment skills described above.

Permissions: Please download and print these issues for your use. Permission is granted for photocopying and disseminating for educational, non-profit use only. Try This can only be reproduced in its entirety. If you plan to include any Try This issues in a publication please contact us for permission. In addition, if you wish to use only an assessment tool, you must contact that publisher directly for permission.

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to be notified when new issues of Try This are posted, please email us at Please send all requests for Try This in the body of your e-mail. We do not open attachments as they can hold a virus.

How To Try This Articles may be printed and copied for educational use without copyright fees. If you have questions about the How To Try This project, please contact us at:, or call 212-998-5152.

Last updated - March 2015