An Overview of Geriatric Care

About the Course:
One in six Americans is over the age of 65, and it is estimated that by 2060, one in four Americans will be over 65 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2017).  Older adults are responsible for 50% of hospital days, 60% of primary care visits, 70% of home care visits, and comprise 85% of nursing home residents (Administration on Aging, 2018).  As America and the world ages, it will be necessary for nurses and other health care providers to be competent in the care of elders. This course presents common health conditions, care needs, and concerns associated with aging, including issues related to elder abuse, age-related memory changes and disease processes, and end-of-life issues.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the categories and signs of elder abuse and appropriate nursing responses.
  • Describe age-related memory changes.
  • Identify common chronic health conditions associated with aging and effective ways to prevent or cope with age-related disease processes to promote independence and quality of life.
  • Identify end-of-life issues and the role of palliative and hospice care.
About the Author:
Ruth G. McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAA, has been a geriatric nurse practitioner since 1996, working in primary and geriatric practices since that time. Dr. McCaffrey is a professor emeritus at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and retired from Mercer University in Atlanta, directing the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at both institutions. In the area of research, Dr. McCaffrey has been involved in geriatric research involving exercise and mental health.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the self-assessment quiz questions which are at the end of the course or integrated throughout the course. These questions are NOT GRADED. The correct answer is shown after you answer the question. If the incorrect answer is selected, the rationale for the correct answer is provided. These questions help to affirm what you have learned from the course.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will then be asked to complete either:
    • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity.
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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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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Course Verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course. Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.