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Following a healthful lifestyle at any age reduces the impact of disability and illness while increasing overall well-being. This basic-level course provides healthcare professionals and social workers with the tools to encourage, teach, and guide older adults to actively practice healthy lifestyles. The course opens with a discussion of key concepts for a healthy life, including the developmental tasks of aging and the benefits of healthy behaviors. Participants will learn about interviewing and communicating with the geriatric population as well as motivating older adults to change health behaviors.
The course describes the reduction of health risks in older adults: Relevant topics include sleep, alcohol use, constipation, smoking, and exercise. Also included are topics such as eye complaints and diseases; foot, skin, and dental care; and nutrition, including the use of vitamins, herbal remedies, and other dietary supplements. Common health concerns are described, such as depression, bereavement, cancer, hearing loss, hypertension, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, stroke, incontinence, dementia, and patterns of memory loss. The discussion of geriatric health care includes vaccination, hospitalization, surgery, the use of online health information, working with caregivers, medication adherence, and adverse drug reactions. Other topics relevant to elder health include sexuality, fall prevention, hyperthermia and hypothermia, transportation and driving, crime, and elder abuse. Numerous case studies are provided to illustrate concepts.
Counselors - This course does not qualify for NBCC credit. Many state counselor boards accept this course based on our Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) approval. If you are unsure, check with your board.
- Define healthy aging and its components.
- Describe approaches for staying healthy in older adulthood.
- Identify common health concerns in older adults.
- Explain steps for accessing appropriate health care.
- Discuss measures for promoting safety with older adults.
Suzanne Fitzsimmons, MSN, ARNP, is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Health and Human Performance and is adjunct faculty at Florida International University in Miami. She is a geriatric nurse practitioner and a recreational therapist. Ms. Fitzsimmons is currently involved in numerous dementia-care research projects and in consulting and educating health care professionals who work with older adults throughout the United States and Canada. She has authored and published many articles and books on various topics in gerontological nursing. Ms. Fitzsimmons has been a speaker at several national conferences presented by the National Alzheimer’s Association, the Geriatric Society Association, the National American Therapeutic Recreation Association, and the Pioneer Network Conference. She is also a member of the “Dementia Day Camp,” which is a work group of internationally recognized dementia researchers. On a local level, Ms. Fitzsimmons serves on the boards of several organizations that provide services to older adults, and she provides training for professional and family caregivers, and gives workshops for community-dwelling older adults.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.