Nursing: Geriatric Special Topics: Managing Oral Hydration

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About the Course

Target Audience: The target audience for this education program is nurses who want to increase their knowledge and nursing skills in the management of hydration in the older adult. 

Course Overview:  Water is an essential component of body composition. Intricate cellular functions, such as gene expression, protein synthesis, and uptake and metabolism of nutrients, are affected by hydration status. Organ systems, specifically the cardiovascular and renal systems, are particularly vulnerable to fluctuating levels of hydration. Older individuals are at increased risk for hydration problems stemming from several converging age-related factors, including lack of thirst. This education program provides nurses with information to describe older adults at risk of dehydration, assess the older adult's hydration status, list interventions to promote hydration, and identify outcomes of a hydration management program.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe older adults at risk of dehydration
  2. Identify key aspects of a hydration assessment
  3. List specific interventions to promote hydration in older adults across care settings
  4. Identify outcomes of a hydration management program

About the Author

Janet C. Mentes, PhD, APRN, BC, FGSA, FAAN 

Dr. Mentes is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center for the Advancement of Gerontological Nursing Science at the University of California Los Angeles, School of Nursing, Los Angeles, California

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