Gerontology

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A Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Product code: M242S        

Overview:

The consequences of America’s surge in its aging population are profound. More than half of those over age 65 report at least one disability. Three-quarters of those over age 80 have at least one chronic condition such as arthritis or hypertension.

Due to these complex medical issues, elderly individuals benefit from a thorough geriatric assessment. This type of multidimensional and multidisciplinary assessment encompasses more than just a routine physical exam that might be sufficient for a younger adult. A comprehensive geriatric assessment focuses attention on the functional, mental and social capacity of the elderly person.

This updated edition of Medcom’s course on geriatric assessment concentrates on those portions of a total assessment that are commonly performed in a clinical setting. It describes a functional assessment and demonstrates a step-by step physical assessment, identifying steps that may differ in evaluating the health status of an older adult. It also provides a brief overview on mental status assessment as well as the importance of an inventory of medications.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of performing an accurate and thorough assessment of the geriatric patient
  • Take a health history and perform a functional assessment
  • Perform a comprehensive, “head-to-toe” physical assessment of the patient
  • Assess the mental status of the geriatric patient
  • Take an inventory of medications that the patient is currently on

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Aging - The Natural Process

Product code: M203        

Overview:

This program takes a look at the changes that occur naturally to the various systems of the human body as a person ages and describes actions that can be taken to maximize and maintain their functionality.

The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Central Nervous System
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Genitourinary System
  • Integumentary System
  • Touch and Pain
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Emotions

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Caring for the Alzheimer's Resident: A Day in the Life of Nancy Moore

Product code: 78309        

Overview:

Nurse's Aide, Nancy Moore, relates the customized patient skills needed in caring for Alzheimer's residents. As she progresses through her daily routine, the critical role of the nurse's aide in determining the quality of care is emphasized, as well as the importance of maintaining the patient's dignity and independence.

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Gerontology: Meeting Mental Health Needs

Product code: M098        

Overview:

Explains the five steps of the nursing process in an assessment of normal and abnormal mental changes of aging.

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Gerontology: Meeting Mobility, Sexual and Nutritional Needs

Product code: M100        

Overview:

Compassionately deals with helping the elderly maintain their independence, intimacy and optimal health status.

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Gerontology: Meeting Oxygenation, Fluid and Electrolyte Needs

Product code: M099        

Overview:

Focuses on the nurse's role in meeting specific needs of the elderly affected with common illnesses.

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How the Body Ages, Part 1: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Musculoskeletal Systems

Product code: M267A        

Series Overview:

In the 21st century, people are living longer, healthier lives. Even though aging is a natural process which often entails physical or mental degeneration, older adults, like people of any age, can strive for maximum quality of life. Nurses and others providing care to older adults, often play a key role in maintaining, and, when possible, increasing, active participation in life in order to promote the physical, mental, and emotional health of those they care for.

This series provides nurses and other healthcare workers with a description of how the aging process affects the major body systems, along with practices and strategies that can be used to preserve their functions.

Overview:

This program discusses the changes that occur in the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and the musculoskeletal system. Understanding these changes can be crucial to helping you assist older adults maintain their quality of life.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Outline common changes to the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems due to the aging process
  • List signs and symptoms of damage and disease to the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems
  • Describe practices that can improve cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal health

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How the Body Ages, Part 2: Central Nervous System, The Senses, and Emotions

Product code: M267B        

Series Overview:

In the 21st century, people are living longer, healthier lives. Even though aging is a natural process which often entails physical or mental degeneration, older adults, like people of any age, can strive for maximum quality of life. Nurses and others providing care to older adults, often play a key role in maintaining, and, when possible, increasing, active participation in life in order to promote the physical, mental, and emotional health of those they care for.

This series provides nurses and other healthcare workers with a description of how the aging process affects the major body systems, along with practices and strategies that can be used to preserve their functions.

Overview:

This program provides nurses and other healthcare workers with knowledge and tools to understand the changes that occur in the central nervous system, the senses, and the emotions of the aging patient. Understanding these changes can be crucial to helping you assist older adults maintain their quality of life.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe the changes that commonly occur in the central nervous system, and the implications of those changes.
  • Describe strategies to preserve mental function.
  • Explain how age-related diseases can impair mental function.
  • Describe how aging affects the major senses, including vision, hearing, touch and pain.
  • List aging effects on emotions, and what can be done to help steady those emotions.

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How the Body Ages, Part 3: Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, and Integumentary Systems

Product code: M267C        

Series Overview:

In the 21st century, people are living longer, healthier lives. Even though aging is a natural process which often entails physical or mental degeneration, older adults, like people of any age, can strive for maximum quality of life. Nurses and others providing care to older adults, often play a key role in maintaining, and, when possible, increasing, active participation in life in order to promote the physical, mental, and emotional health of those they care for.

This series provides nurses and other healthcare workers with a description of how the aging process affects the major body systems, along with practices and strategies that can be used to preserve their functions.

Overview:

This program provides nurses and other healthcare workers with knowledge and tools to understand the changes that occur in the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and integumentary systems of the aging patient. Understanding these changes can be crucial to helping you assist older adults maintain their quality of life.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe changes that may affect the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and ways to prevent constipation in the elderly.
  • Describe changes in the genitourinary and central nervous systems that may occur with aging.
  • Describe changes that commonly occur in the integumentary system during the aging process, and ways to keep the skin and nails of the elderly healthy.

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I'm Pretty Old

Product code: 78308        

Overview:

The reflections and comments of several older residents in a long term care facility emphasize what it is like to give up some of their independence as they experience increased physical frailty. This is an excellent resource for professionals dealing with older patients.

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Understanding How Aging Can Affect Your Family Member

Product code: M213        

Overview:

As we age, we can expect changes to occur in the systems that make up the human body. Although exactly what kinds of changes will take place and when vary greatly with each individual, aging is inescapable - a part of the continuum of life. While some changes are easy to accept, we may find other changes disturbing. Especially when we see them in our loved ones.

Learning about normal age-related changes will both help alleviate anxiety you may have and more importantly, help you provide better care for your loved one by being able to understand and communicate better with them and their healthcare team.

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Urinary Incontinence in Adults

Product code: M146        

Overview:

Between 15-30% of all adults over the age of 60 suffer from urinary incontinence (UI). This program covers the causes and types of UI, how to identify and evaluate and treatment options.

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