Disciplines: Physical Therapy
Hours: 9 Contact Hours
Author(s): Suzanne Fitzsimmons, MSN, ARNP
Peer Reviewer(s): Meredith Wallace, PhD, APRN-BC
Item#: Q3455
Contents: 1 Course Book (132 pages)

Healthy Aging, Updated 1st Edition



Price $89.95
Item # Q3455
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Living healthy at any age reduces the impact of disability and illness while increasing overall well-being. This basic level course assists healthcare professionals with the tools to encourage, teach and guide older adults to actively practice healthy lifestyles.  Using a wellness approach, common physical and psychosocial changes of older adulthood are discussed, including preventive measures and care strategies when indicated. For those working with older adults who are unable to provide their own care, this can be used as a guide to providing the type of care that promotes healthy aging.

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1611021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Course Objectives

  • 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 articles and books on various topics in gerontological nursing. Ms. Fitzsimmons has been a speaker at 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, provides training for professional and family caregivers, and gives workshops for community-dwelling older adults.
Meredith Wallace, PhD, APRN-BC, completed her bachelor of science in nursing degree Magna Cum Laude at Boston University. She then earned a master of science in nursing in medical-surgical nursing with a specialty in geriatrics from Yale University in New Haven, CT, and a PhD in nursing research and theory development at New York University. During her time at NYU, she was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing.

Dr. Wallace is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, three of which have won the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. She is a recent recipient of the Eastern Nursing Research Society/John A. Hartford Foundation junior investigator award. She is an adult nurse practitioner and currently maintains a practice in primary care with a focus on chronic illness in the elderly. Dr. Wallace is currently an associate professor at Yale University School of Nursing, in New Haven, CT. Her research interests focus on the psychosocial needs of men with prostate cancer, especially those undergoing active surveillance.

  • Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
  • 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.