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Release Date: July 18, 2017
Expiration Date: July 18, 2020
The demographic changes of the United States have created an urgent need for more healthcare professionals educated in the care of older adults. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by the year 2050, 89 million Americans will be 65 years of age or older. In fact, 20% of older adults will represent the U.S. population by 2030. According to the AOA, adults aged 65 and older will outnumber children 5 years of age and younger in the years to come. This rapidly aging population is challenging the health care system to come up with ways to meet the needs of older adults and set the stage for developing a healthier society.
This basic-level course is designed to assist healthcare professionals in encouraging, teaching, and guiding older adults to actively practice healthy lifestyles. This course allows healthcare professionals that work with older adults to gain additional knowledge in geriatrics and be able to provide satisfactory care to improve outcomes for older adults. Healthcare professionals will be able to recognize the needs of older adult clients and develop person-centered plans to support optimal living and promote healthy aging. Additionally, this course will set the stage for developing a healthier society for all to age well and successfully.
This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, I6406 - Healthy Aging, 2nd Edition.
AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes
0.5 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.
- Identify key concepts for healthy living.
- Identify the key attributes for supporting the older adult to stay healthy.
- Identify essential components of providing high-quality health care for older adults.
Fayron Epps, PhD, RN, has been a registered nurse for 16 years. She recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. She is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. Additionally, Dr. Epps serves as adjunct faculty with the Louisiana State University Life Course and Aging Center. She is an active member with numerous professional organizations, including the Gerontological Society of America, National Gerontological Nurses Association, and International Dementia Scholars Collaborative. Most recently she has been elected to the Board of Directors for Louisiana Enhancing Aging with Dignity through Empowerment and Respect (LEADER).
Dr. Epps’ career goal as a nurse scholar is to promote health across the life span by increasing the quality of life for family caregivers and recognizing the multidimensional complexities of supporting older adults through nursing research, education, and service. Her program of research involves evidence-based practices for promoting quality of life for persons with dementia and their family caregivers. Dr. Epps has presented her research at local, regional, and national conferences. In addition, she has published in the Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, Geriatric Nursing, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Research in Gerontological Nursing, and Journal of Research Practice.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- 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 the 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.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.