Aging Process: What is Happening to the Body and What Does it Mean?


About the Course
This course discusses at an in-depth level the physiological changes that occur with aging, the modifiable factors that impact the effects of aging, and how these contribute to the function of older adults. Participants will gain knowledge in assessing what changes are normal with aging versus those that are not, intervention strategies, and in addressing risk factors when they are identified.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Break down 2 changes that occur to the vertebral column with aging.
  • Analyze 2 contributing factors to decreased bone density that occurs in older adults.
  • Characterize 2 changes that occur to the muscular system with aging.
  • Analyze 2 functional implications of the changes that occur to the muscular system with aging.
  • Classify 3 changes that occur in the cardiovascular systems with normal aging.
  • Confirm 2 changes to the respiratory system with aging and explain how they impact the physical functioning of an older adult.
  • Analyze one way in which the changes that occur with aging in the nervous system affect function.
  • Classify 3 differences between normal cognitive aging changes and dementia.
  • Characterize difference between cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
  • Analyze the differences between the 4 main types of incontinence.
  • Break down at least 3 changes that occur with aging that result in older adults having an
    increased fall risk.

About the Author
Suzanne Greenwalt, a licensed physical therapist, received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from A.T. Still University and a Master in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, acute care and out- patient rehabilitation. Suzanne is a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and a board certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist. She is an educator in two Doctor of Physical Therapy programs and is an educator and mentor in a geriatric residency program.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 70% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • 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.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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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