Healthcare and the Older Adult: Trends, Theories, and Basic Principles


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About the Course
This course equips healthcare providers with essential knowledge and skills for effective care of older adults and their families. Topics include analyzing demographic trends, identifying Healthy People 2030 goals, the interrelationship between social determinants and aging, theories of aging, gerotranscendence theory, psychological strategies for mental health and resilience, primary and secondary aging, and applying normal aging principles for enhanced quality of life. Participants will be ready to provide comprehensive, person-centered care; while promoting well-being and healthy aging for older adults.  

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Examine the factors influencing the health of older adults, including demographic trends, social determinants of health, and the effects of poverty and technology. 
  • Identify relevant goals from Healthy People 2030 to guide nursing care for older adults, promoting their health and well-being. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nurse's influential role in shaping the health behaviors of older adults through health promotion, education, advocacy, and cultural competence. 
  • Examine and assess the interrelationship between social determinants of health, including family dynamics, cultural influences, community resources, housing situations, access to care, and policy issues, and their impact on older adults' health outcomes and experiences. 
  • Identify traditional and contemporary theories of aging, including programmed theories, damage/error theories, and sociological theories, to deepen understanding of the aging process. 
  • Recognize psychological theories of aging, such as gerotranscendence theory, to propose practical strategies and interventions that promote positive mental health, adaptive coping, and resilience among older individuals. 
  • Identify normal aging principles to solve practical problems, develop strategies, and enhance the quality of life for older individuals while addressing manifestations of ageism and promoting inclusive and person-centered care.

About the Author/Presenter
Brenda Williams, RN, MBA, Ph.D., has worked in many areas of nursing, including clinical areas in medical-surgical nursing, emergency department, obstetrics, pediatrics, cardiac step-down, and various intensive care units. She has worked as a travel nurse, in the prison setting, in nursing management, and areas related to insurance, workers’ compensation, Medicaid, Medicare, and education. She was a certified case manager for 24 years and holds an executive MBA from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in leadership and organizational change from Walden University. Dr. Williams is a research chair for Indiana Wesleyan University in the Doctor of Business Administration program and an adjunct professor at Ohio Christian University.   

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 5.5-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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