Nursing: Older Adult Care for Texas Nurses

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About the Course

Target audience: The target audience for this education program is nurses who want to improve their knowledge of important concepts of older adult care, including elder abuse; age-related memory changes; and disease processes, including chronic conditions and end-of-life issues. 

Course overview: The number of Americans 65 years of age and older is growing at a rapid pace. It is estimated that by 2030, the older adult population will represent almost 20% of the total population of the United States. It is essential that nurses be prepared to provide safe and appropriate care to older adults. This education program provides information on elder abuse; age-related memory changes; and disease processes, including chronic conditions and end-of-life issues. It meets the continuing education requirements mandated by the Texas Board of Nursing as they pertain to care of the older adult. 

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate among the different types of elder abuse.
  • Identify risk factors for elder abuse.
  • Describe the reporting process for elder abuse.
  • Describe the assessment process for elder abuse.
  • Explain interventions to deal with elder abuse.
  • Describe age-related memory and cognitive changes in older adults.
  • Identify strategies to enhance memory and cognition in older adults.
  • Describe strategies for dealing with behaviors associated with dementia.
  • Describe ways to reduce impact of chronic conditions in the older adult population.
  • Identify helpful end-of-life care strategies.

About the Author

Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and health care author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her M.S. in nursing from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings with emphasis on neurological and mental health nursing as well as a number of leadership roles in nursing professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for health care professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Her most recent publications include The Path to Stress-Free Nursing Professional Development: 50 No-Nonsense Solutions to Everyday Challenges and Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education.

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