Nursing: An Overview of Geriatric Care

17.95
Online
Elective
About the Course

One in six Americans is over the age of 65, and it is estimated that by 2060, one in four Americans will be over 65 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2017).  Older adults are responsible for 50% of hospital days, 60% of primary care visits, 70% of home care visits, and comprise 85% of nursing home residents (Administration on Aging, 2018).  As America and the world ages, it will be necessary for nurses and other health care providers to be competent in the care of elders. This course presents common health conditions, care needs, and concerns associated with aging, including issues related to elder abuse, age-related memory changes and disease processes, and end-of-life issues.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the categories and signs of elder abuse and appropriate nursing responses.
  • Describe age-related memory changes.
  • Identify common chronic health conditions associated with aging and effective ways to prevent or cope with age-related disease processes to promote independence and quality of life.
  • Identify end-of-life issues and the role of palliative and hospice care.

About the Author:
Ruth G. McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAA

Ruth G. McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAA, has been a geriatric nurse practitioner since 1996, working in primary and geriatric practices since that time. Dr. McCaffrey is a professor emeritus at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and retired from Mercer University in Atlanta, directing the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at both institutions. In the area of research, Dr. McCaffrey has been involved in geriatric research involving exercise and mental health.
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Nursing: An Overview of Geriatric Care

17.95
About the Course

One in six Americans is over the age of 65, and it is estimated that by 2060, one in four Americans will be over 65 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2017).  Older adults are responsible for 50% of hospital days, 60% of primary care visits, 70% of home care visits, and comprise 85% of nursing home residents (Administration on Aging, 2018).  As America and the world ages, it will be necessary for nurses and other health care providers to be competent in the care of elders. This course presents common health conditions, care needs, and concerns associated with aging, including issues related to elder abuse, age-related memory changes and disease processes, and end-of-life issues.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the categories and signs of elder abuse and appropriate nursing responses.
  • Describe age-related memory changes.
  • Identify common chronic health conditions associated with aging and effective ways to prevent or cope with age-related disease processes to promote independence and quality of life.
  • Identify end-of-life issues and the role of palliative and hospice care.

About the Author:
Ruth G. McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAA

Ruth G. McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAA, has been a geriatric nurse practitioner since 1996, working in primary and geriatric practices since that time. Dr. McCaffrey is a professor emeritus at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and retired from Mercer University in Atlanta, directing the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at both institutions. In the area of research, Dr. McCaffrey has been involved in geriatric research involving exercise and mental health.