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What you will learn
  • How to enhance your professional marketability
  • Building skills and competencies

  • How to fulfills your continuing education requirements as a professional
  • Develop an interdisciplinary perspective on aging


Be knowledgeable, skilled, and committed professional in the field of gerontology

Our Gerontology Online Course represents a specialization in the field of gerontology. It is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals who work with older adults by providing an educational experience that is multidisciplinary in nature.

With the population aging at a rapid rate, the number of individuals over 65 will more than double by 2020. The demand for knowledgeable providers to meet the needs of this population is dramatically increasing, new jobs are being developed, and new services created. Health professionals who work with the older population will need continuing professional education to gain a broad understanding of the field of gerontology and to stay current with emerging trends.

The Gerontology Online Course distinguishes you as a knowledgeable, skilled, and committed professional in the field of gerontology.

Career Opportunities:
This certification program provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively meet the needs of the aging population in a wide range of careers. There are opportunities in nursing, teaching, service, administration, and research that focus on the needs and interests of older adults. These opportunities also exist within government programs and agencies; public and private institutions that provide health, education, and social services; research centers; special interest groups; colleges and universities; and corporate human resources divisions.

Participants:
This certificate is relevant for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed vocational nurses, practical nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, administrators, psychologists, personal care assistants, volunteers, physicians, chiropractors, clergy, physical fitness professionals, adult children of aging parents, or any other individual currently working with or planning to work with older adults.

Gerontology Online Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Gerontology

Chapter 1: Course Description

For someone who is knowledgeable in the topic of gerontology, the possibilities are endless. A variety of positions in this field have evolved as a result of demographic shifts and changes in health care. The characteristics of older persons, the sociology of aging, theories of aging, stereotypes, and ageism will all be discussed in this course.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction

Chapter 2: Demographics

The United States is going through a demographic shift that is affecting every facet of life. The significant increase in the number of elderly people is an unprecedented phenomena. The elderly are the forerunners and trailblazers of a new stage of life; they will chart the way for future generations.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Men vs. Women
  • Home Health Recipients
  • Nursing Home Residents

Chapter 3: The Sociology of Aging

The significant increase in the number of elderly people represents a societal phenomena that has never been experienced before in human history. Today's generations are the first in history to be reared with the expectation of living to a ripe old age. These people are the forerunners of a centuries-long longevity revolution.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Changing Social Views on Aging
  • The Politics of Aging
  • The Medicalization of Old Age
  • Cultural Influences & Aging
  • Impact on Healthcare Providers

Chapter 4: Attitudes, Myths, and Stereotypes of Aging

 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Major Stereotypes Reflecting Negative Prejudice Toward Older Adults
  • Discrimination and Older Adults
  • Attitudes of Healthcare Professionals
  • Strategies to Reduce Ageism

Chapter 5: Theories of Aging

The attitude of the healthcare professional is a significant aspect in delivering care for older individuals. The quality of care offered to the elderly is influenced by attitudes, incorrect views about aging, and negative stereotypes. For example, aging adult beliefs about sexuality may prohibit a nursing care pair from having the privacy they require for intimate expression.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Sociologic Theories of Aging
  • Psychologic Theories of Aging
  • Spiritual Development Theory of Aging
  • Implications of Aging Theories

Chapter 6: Mental Health and Aging

Mental health is often misunderstood to be nothing more than the absence of mental disease, but it is so much more. As a result, mental health promotion should be a priority at all phases of life. Physical health and health maintenance may be influenced by an individual's financial resources available for health treatment.

Chapter 7: Wellness

Wellness is a multidimensional state of being that includes physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual elements. Even in chronic sickness or during the dying process, the wellness approach to healthy aging maintains that everyone has an optimum level of functioning.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Nutrition and Aging
  • Physical Activity and the Aging Adult
  • Maintaining Social Relationships
  • Sexuality and the Older Adult
  • Screening Programs for the Older Adult
  • Examinations
  • Screening tests
  • Immunizations and the older adult

Chapter 8: Complementary and Alternative Health Care

There has been tremendous growth in the number of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) clinics and hospitals, the number of nursing and medical schools teaching CAM and integrative strategies, the number of researchers studying CAM and integrative interventions, and the number of people seeking CAM and integrative health care in the last two decades.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Types of Complementary and Alternative Health Care

Chapter 9: Summary

The study of gerontology is expanding in tandem with the aging population. This is an exciting time for healthcare personnel who provide care to the elderly. Understanding the elements that lead to good aging and having a basic understanding of the aging process are essential for providing empathetic and healthcare services.

Lesson 2: Physiology of Aging

Chapter 1: Course Description

The number of older adults in the United States is higher than it has ever been, making this group one of the fastest-growing segments of the population. Healthcare practitioners must have a thorough awareness of the physiologic changes that come with aging in order to give proper treatment to older persons.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction

Chapter 2: Aging Defined

Aging is characterized as a "universal and unavoidable natural physiologic process" that happens at both the cellular and molecular levels. It's the "time-dependent loss of structure... a gradual effect of 'wear and tear' on the body," according to the researchers.

Chapter 3: Aging and Health Care in the United States

Due to an aging population, rising life expectancy, numerous new scientific advances that can delay or eliminate life-threatening situations, and a growing focus on bioethical and legal issues surrounding life, disease, research, and death, healthcare in the United States is becoming increasingly complex.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Important Terms

Chapter 4: Physical Assessment of the Older Adult

Aging brings about a slew of physiologic changes. The healthcare provider must be able to tell the difference between changes caused by pathologic processes and those caused by physiologic processes. As a result, a physical examination is an important part of the older client's care. The health assessment might take place in a variety of venues.

Chapter 6: The Endocrine System

The field of aging endocrine physiology is rapidly expanding, according to Meiner (2014). By the year 2000, the subspecialty of "endocrinology of aging" has expanded to include andropause, circadian dysrhythmias, DHEA replacement, erectile dysfunction, male osteoporosis, menopause, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and thyroid illness.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Age-Related Changes
  • Common Endocrine System Problems

Chapter 7: The Gastrointestinal System

The oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, gallbladder, pancreas, and liver make up the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Because food offers the nutrients required for the body's basic activities, aging can have an impact on one's nutritional state as well as general health.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Age-Related Changes
  • Common Gastrointestinal Problems

Chapter 8: The Immune System

Human survival depends on the immune system. It is made up of various organs, cells, and proteins, and it has a complicated relationship with the neurologic and endocrine systems. The immune system serves two main purposes.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Age-Related Changes
  • Common Immune System Problems
  • Risk Factors

Chapter 9: The Integumentary System

The integumentary system is the body's biggest organ. It spans more than 3,000 square inches and weighs roughly 6 pounds on the average adult. One-third of the blood circulating in the body is dedicated to it. The skin is made up of tissue that is constantly changing and renewing.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Age-Related Changes
  • Common Integumentary System Problems
  • Risk Factors

Chapter 10: The Musculoskeletal System

Bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bursae make up the musculoskeletal system. This system gives the human form structure and, in conjunction with the neurologic system, allows it to move.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Age-Related Changes
  • Common Musculoskeletal Problems
  • Risk Factors

Chapter 11: The Nervous System

The central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system complex make up the nervous system, which analyzes sensory data, responds to the internal and external environment, controls and coordinates motor, emotional, and intellectual function, and regulates and communicates with other body systems.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Age-Related Changes
  • Common Nervous System Problems
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
  • Pain and Pain Perception
  • Additional Problems

Chapter 12: The Reproductive System

The female reproductive system consists of the breasts, uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, whereas the male reproductive system consists of the penis, scrotum, and testes.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Age-Related Changes
  • The Female Reproductive System
  • The Male Reproductive System
  • Common Reproductive System Problems

Chapter 13: The Respiratory System

The upper respiratory tract and the lower respiratory tract make up the respiratory system. The respiratory system, which is responsible for gas exchange between the environment and the lungs as well as cellular respiration between oxygen molecules and the cells, goes through several changes as it ages. The distinction between disease-related and aging-related changes is frequently obscured.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Age-Related Changes
  • Common Respiratory System Problems
  • Risk Factors

Chapter 14: The Sensory System

Through the interpretation of inputs and interaction with the environment, the senses create a link to the outside world. There are also general and particular senses to consider.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Age-Related Changes
  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Smell and Taste
  • Touch

Chapter 15: The Urinary System

Bladder, ureters, and kidneys make up the urinary system. Urine production is the kidney's main function.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Age-Related Changes
  • Common Urinary System Problems

Chapter 16: Summary

Client education is one of the most important functions of healthcare providers. It is a personal choice to live a healthy lifestyle. In order to help aging folks improve their physical and emotional health, it's critical to assess their situation and provide them with knowledge about diet, stress management, and lifestyle options.

Lesson 3: Mental Health and Aging

Chapter 1: Course Description

The vast expansion of the aged population has produced a critical societal challenge: the design and delivery of mental health care to the elderly. Because the aging population in the United States and throughout the world is expected to quickly grow, the need for geriatric mental health treatments is expected to skyrocket.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Course Objectives

Chapter 2: Introduction

The vast expansion of the aged population has produced a critical societal challenge: the design and delivery of mental health care to the elderly. As the 76 million "baby boomers" approach 65 years of age, the senior population in the United States is expected to quickly expand between 2010 and 2030. Senior citizens will make up 20% of the population by 2030.

Chapter 3: Mental Health & Wellness Strategies

Maintaining mental health in older life requires continued intellectual, social, and physical activities throughout one's life. Mental health is often misunderstood to be nothing more than the absence of mental illness, but it is much more.

Chapter 4: Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders are illnesses that are marked by changes in one's thoughts, emotions, or behavior (or some combination thereof). They cause a slew of issues, including disability, pain, and death, and are linked to discomfort and/or decreased functioning. All diagnosable mental health illnesses are referred to collectively as mental illness.

Chapter 5: Depression

Depression is not a common side effect of growing older. Despite this, depression is a medical condition that is under-diagnosed and under-treated. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson's disease are all common causes of depression.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Theories of Depression
  • Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults
  • Depression and Co-Occurrence
  • Contributing Factors to Depression
  • Interventions
  • Treatment
  • Medication

Chapter 6: Suicide

Sadly, elderly people are more likely than younger people to take their own lives. Suicide is typically a precursor to clinical depression in this age range, which the National Institute of Mental Health (2016) defines as self-destructive behavior with the goal to take one's life.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Risk Factors
  • Interventions

Chapter 7: Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia is a condition in which a person's intellectual abilities gradually deteriorate to the point that they interfere with social and vocational functioning. Alzheimer's disease (AD), vascular dementia (VaD), Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementia are the most common kinds of dementia (FTD). Dementia affects around 35.8% of people over the age of 85.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis and Risk Factors
  • Interventions

Chapter 8: Anxiety

One of the most frequent disorders in older persons is anxiety. Anxiety disorders in older adults can arise as a result of a specific stressful incident or a general change, such as a decline in health, disease, financial strain, a change in living circumstances, retirement, or the death of a spouse or significant other.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Interventions

Chapter 9: Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism in elderly individuals may be an indication of various chronic and mental illnesses. It can also be challenging to spot. Anxiety, agitation, memory loss, melancholy, blackouts, confusion, weight loss, and falls are common symptoms among older persons who drink alcohol.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Theories
  • Interventions

Chapter 10: Cultural, Competence, Diversity, and Mental Health

All cultures have symptoms of significant mental diseases. Because mental illness and mental health are frequently manifested via behavior, understanding cultural aspects is essential for understanding a client's behavior and developing culturally relevant interventions. Normal and deviant actions are both cultural manifestations, according to Meiner (2014).

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Diverse Ethnic Populations
  • African Americans
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Native Americans

Chapter 11: Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Mental Health

Recovery and healing may be aided by a mental health therapy strategy that acknowledges the interrelationship between mind, body, and spirit.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Self-Help
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Expressive Therapies (Art, Dance, and Music Therapy)
  • Culturally Based Healing Arts
  • Relaxation & Stress Reduction Techniques

Chapter 12: Animal-Assisted Therapy and Mental Health

Animal-assisted therapy's use in health care skyrocketed in the 1980s and 1990s, and it's still on the rise. Clinical findings and new studies today confirm the age-old concept that an interaction between humans, animals, and the natural environment benefits to health and well-being (Pet Partners, 2017).

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Purpose of Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs
  • Settings for Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs
  • The Mental Health Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy
  • Loneliness and Companion Animals

Chapter 13: Mental Health Resources and Supportive Services

Given the stigma and stereotypical views of mental health services held by older persons, alternatives to specialty mental health settings must be examined. Senior centers, communal meal locations, and other community settings where older persons congregate could be useful places to give mental health services to them.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Limited Utilization of Services by the Elderly

Chapter 14: Trends: A Vision for the Future

A greater number of people will be treated at home. Programs are being developed by community organizations such as churches and congregations, senior citizens' groups, and other social organizations to help older people maintain their mental health by minimizing loneliness and sadness. Medical curricula will place a greater emphasis on gerontologic, geriatric, and geriatric-psychiatric topics.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Initiatives in Mental Health & Aging

Chapter 15: Summary

Due to the difficulties in diagnosing and effectively treating mental disorders, health care providers are challenged to provide an effective assessment process, be aware of the most up-to-date treatments and resources, and provide current and timely preventive information to both aging adults and their caregivers.

Lesson 4: Healthy Aging

Chapter 1: Course Description

This course is aimed to provide a comprehensive, theoretically integrated view on healthy aging to health professionals. The learner will be able to address healthy aging in terms of cultural parallels and differences, complementary and alternative medicine, nutritional concerns, physical activity, fall prevention, sleep issues, and sexuality issues as a result of this course.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction

Chapter 2: A Diverse Aging Population

To fulfill the requirements of a multigenerational, multicultural aging population, population patterns of aging, longevity, and diversity will necessitate new ways of thinking. The structure of healthcare delivery systems, the types of care provided, and how care is delivered, for example, necessitate new solutions that serve the specific needs of this diverse group of seniors.

Chapter 3: Ethnic Elders

Because ethnic elder cohorts are made up of so numerous subgroups with different cultural tendencies, it's difficult to draw judgments about them. The health profiles that follow will provide you an insight of the most common healthcare conditions that ethnic older people face (CDC, 2018c).

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Black/African American Elderly
  • Hispanic American Elderly
  • Native American Elderly
  • Asian/Pacific Islander American Elderly

Chapter 4: Alternative and Complementary Healthcare

Approximately half of the population in the United States uses or has utilized alternative health care (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health [NCCIH], 2018). The elderly American is no exception. Complementary therapies are used by about 55 percent of persons aged 65 and up.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Types of Complementary and Alternative healthcare

Chapter 5: Nutrition and Aging

Heredity, environment, and lifestyle all play a role in the development of disease. However, the primary causes of death in the senior population have been linked to eating and drinking habits.

Chapter 6: Physical Activity and Aging

Physical activity is essential for excellent health, functional independence, and overall quality of life. It's an important part of aging well. Physical activity has numerous health benefits that last a lifetime. There is mounting evidence that regular aerobic activity, such as circuit training, cycling, jogging, swimming, or walking, can improve strength and endurance.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Health Benefits of Physical Activity
  • Consider the following facts on physical activity
  • Sustained exercise among the middle-aged and elderly has demonstrated many benefits including the following
  • What Communities Can Do
  • Immunizations and the Older Adult
  • Vaccine Risks
  • Making Health a Priority

Chapter 7: Falls and the Older Person

As their bodies and minds change as a result of age, the elderly encounters a number of health and safety challenges. The risk of falling is one of the most serious dangers that older people face. Falls are the main cause of mortality in people aged 65 and up (CDC, 2018a).

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Scope of the Problem
  • Fall Classification
  • Fall Prevention
  • Lighting
  • Floor and Hallway
  • Bathrooms
  • Stairways and Steps
  • Furniture
  • Storage

Chapter 8: Sleep and the Elderly

Sleep is "a natural, periodically recurring, physiologic condition of rest for the body and mind; sleep is a state of inactivity or repose that is required to be active," according to Meiner (2014). All human beings have two universals, opposing functions: sleep and activity. The natural sleep cycle begins to shift as people become older, resulting in fewer deep sleep periods.

Chapter 9: Sexuality and Aging

While many people do not equate sexuality with the elderly, love and closeness are essential throughout one's life. The idea that the elderly is too tired and feeble to care about sex is a frequent misunderstanding. One of the most common cultural myths about aging is that age-related physiological changes in the elderly have a negative impact on sexual function.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Normal Physical Changes in Genital Functioning
  • Women
  • Men

Chapter 10: Social Activity and Aging

Throughout their lives, social, economic, and behavioral factors have an impact on the health of the elderly. Social support systems and social activities are important among these elements. When older persons interact socially with friends and family members, they are more likely to stay in the community and require less formal healthcare services (e.g., hospitalization or institutionalization).

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Leisurely Pursuits
  • Second and Third Careers
  • Volunteerism

Chapter 11: Spirituality, Religion, and Aging

Religion is generally seen to be the material manifestation of spirituality: the organization, rituals, and practice of one's beliefs. It is a personal form of expressing spirituality based on creeds and community behaviors through affiliations, ceremonies, and rituals. Spirituality appeals to people of various faiths and affiliations.

Chapter 12: Summary

As the number of persons aged 65 and up in the United States rises, we face new difficulties and opportunities in every part of our society. New decisions must be made by policymakers, businesses, healthcare professionals, and families to address the requirements of our aging population. The elderly person has more opportunities than ever before to live a longer and healthier life.

Lesson 5: Pain Assessment and Management in the Older Adult

Chapter 1: Course Description

Pain is a manifestation of discomfort that affects people of all ages and populations. Healthcare practitioners must be knowledgeable in diagnosing pain, recognizing pain management beliefs, dealing with cultural challenges in pain management, and administering effective pain therapies to give quality care to aging persons.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction

Chapter 2: Pain as a Priority

Pain is becoming more widely acknowledged as a national and international concern. Pain, for example, affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined (National Institutes of Health, 2013). Many of the world's largest health organizations have focused their attention on this problem in recent years.

Chapter 3: Pain Defined

Pain is a highly personal feeling that can be described in a variety of ways (Meiner, 2014; Miller, 2011).

Chapter 4: Pain and the Elderly

Understanding the entire impact of pain and how to manage it in the aging adult may need a review of some alarming data.

Chapter 5: Misconceptions About Pain

Let's start by dispelling some common pain myths. These myths may be believed by the person in pain, his or her family, or any member of the healthcare team, and they obstruct the proper assessment of pain (American Pain Society, 2018; Meiner, 2014).

Chapter 6: Physiology of Pain

Millions of nerve endings make up the nervous system, and pain activates them. Nociciceptors are specialized nerve endings that cause pain. They can be found in various regions of the body, including the skin, joints, muscle, fascia, viscera, and smooth muscle of the artery walls. Per square inch of skin on the human body, there are about 1,000 nociceptors.

Chapter 7: Types of Pain

Despite the fact that every pain employs the identical nociceptors, the placement of the sensitive fibers determines the type of pain a person feels.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Superficial Pain
  • Visceral Pain
  • Somatic Pain
  • Pain as the Result of Metabolic Need or Metabolic Excess
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Phantom Pain
  • Breakthrough Pain

Chapter 8: Pain Behaviors

Clients with pain will exhibit observable physiologic and behavioral indicators of distress, and these signs will serve as the foundation for pain evaluation, according to healthcare practitioners.

Chapter 9: Culture and Pain

Culture is a set of shared values, ideas, and understandings about the meanings of words and behaviors, as well as the appropriate ways to express them. Culture influences the beliefs and behaviors that members of a social group learn, share, and pass down. It gives you a way of seeing the world and dealing with it.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Cultural Expressions of Pain
  • Cultural Expressions of Pain and Pain Assessment
  • Culture and Pain Management

Chapter 10: Pain Assessment

"Pain assessment begins when the nurse acknowledges and takes seriously the client's self-report of pain," wrote Meiner and Lueckenotte (2006, p. 309). Nurses, more than any other member of the healthcare team, play a critical role in the assessment and management of pain. They spend more time with patients than any other member of the team.

Topics to be discussed include:


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    Lesson 1: Introduction to Gerontology

    Chapter 1: Course Description

    For someone who is knowledgeable in the topic of gerontology, the possibilities are endless. A variety of positions in this field have evolved as a result of demographic shifts and changes in health care. The characteristics of older persons, the sociology of aging, theories of aging, stereotypes, and ageism will all be discussed in this course.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Course Objectives
    • Introduction

    Chapter 2: Demographics

    The United States is going through a demographic shift that is affecting every facet of life. The significant increase in the number of elderly people is an unprecedented phenomena. The elderly are the forerunners and trailblazers of a new stage of life; they will chart the way for future generations.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Men vs. Women
    • Home Health Recipients
    • Nursing Home Residents

    Chapter 3: The Sociology of Aging

    The significant increase in the number of elderly people represents a societal phenomena that has never been experienced before in human history. Today's generations are the first in history to be reared with the expectation of living to a ripe old age. These people are the forerunners of a centuries-long longevity revolution.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Changing Social Views on Aging
    • The Politics of Aging
    • The Medicalization of Old Age
    • Cultural Influences & Aging
    • Impact on Healthcare Providers

    Chapter 4: Attitudes, Myths, and Stereotypes of Aging

     

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Major Stereotypes Reflecting Negative Prejudice Toward Older Adults
    • Discrimination and Older Adults
    • Attitudes of Healthcare Professionals
    • Strategies to Reduce Ageism

    Chapter 5: Theories of Aging

    The attitude of the healthcare professional is a significant aspect in delivering care for older individuals. The quality of care offered to the elderly is influenced by attitudes, incorrect views about aging, and negative stereotypes. For example, aging adult beliefs about sexuality may prohibit a nursing care pair from having the privacy they require for intimate expression.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Sociologic Theories of Aging
    • Psychologic Theories of Aging
    • Spiritual Development Theory of Aging
    • Implications of Aging Theories

    Chapter 6: Mental Health and Aging

    Mental health is often misunderstood to be nothing more than the absence of mental disease, but it is so much more. As a result, mental health promotion should be a priority at all phases of life. Physical health and health maintenance may be influenced by an individual's financial resources available for health treatment.

    Chapter 7: Wellness

    Wellness is a multidimensional state of being that includes physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual elements. Even in chronic sickness or during the dying process, the wellness approach to healthy aging maintains that everyone has an optimum level of functioning.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Nutrition and Aging
    • Physical Activity and the Aging Adult
    • Maintaining Social Relationships
    • Sexuality and the Older Adult
    • Screening Programs for the Older Adult
    • Examinations
    • Screening tests
    • Immunizations and the older adult

    Chapter 8: Complementary and Alternative Health Care

    There has been tremendous growth in the number of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) clinics and hospitals, the number of nursing and medical schools teaching CAM and integrative strategies, the number of researchers studying CAM and integrative interventions, and the number of people seeking CAM and integrative health care in the last two decades.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Types of Complementary and Alternative Health Care

    Chapter 9: Summary

    The study of gerontology is expanding in tandem with the aging population. This is an exciting time for healthcare personnel who provide care to the elderly. Understanding the elements that lead to good aging and having a basic understanding of the aging process are essential for providing empathetic and healthcare services.

    Lesson 2: Physiology of Aging

    Chapter 1: Course Description

    The number of older adults in the United States is higher than it has ever been, making this group one of the fastest-growing segments of the population. Healthcare practitioners must have a thorough awareness of the physiologic changes that come with aging in order to give proper treatment to older persons.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Course Objectives
    • Introduction

    Chapter 2: Aging Defined

    Aging is characterized as a "universal and unavoidable natural physiologic process" that happens at both the cellular and molecular levels. It's the "time-dependent loss of structure... a gradual effect of 'wear and tear' on the body," according to the researchers.

    Chapter 3: Aging and Health Care in the United States

    Due to an aging population, rising life expectancy, numerous new scientific advances that can delay or eliminate life-threatening situations, and a growing focus on bioethical and legal issues surrounding life, disease, research, and death, healthcare in the United States is becoming increasingly complex.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Important Terms

    Chapter 4: Physical Assessment of the Older Adult

    Aging brings about a slew of physiologic changes. The healthcare provider must be able to tell the difference between changes caused by pathologic processes and those caused by physiologic processes. As a result, a physical examination is an important part of the older client's care. The health assessment might take place in a variety of venues.

    Chapter 6: The Endocrine System

    The field of aging endocrine physiology is rapidly expanding, according to Meiner (2014). By the year 2000, the subspecialty of "endocrinology of aging" has expanded to include andropause, circadian dysrhythmias, DHEA replacement, erectile dysfunction, male osteoporosis, menopause, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and thyroid illness.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Age-Related Changes
    • Common Endocrine System Problems

    Chapter 7: The Gastrointestinal System

    The oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, gallbladder, pancreas, and liver make up the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Because food offers the nutrients required for the body's basic activities, aging can have an impact on one's nutritional state as well as general health.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Age-Related Changes
    • Common Gastrointestinal Problems

    Chapter 8: The Immune System

    Human survival depends on the immune system. It is made up of various organs, cells, and proteins, and it has a complicated relationship with the neurologic and endocrine systems. The immune system serves two main purposes.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Age-Related Changes
    • Common Immune System Problems
    • Risk Factors

    Chapter 9: The Integumentary System

    The integumentary system is the body's biggest organ. It spans more than 3,000 square inches and weighs roughly 6 pounds on the average adult. One-third of the blood circulating in the body is dedicated to it. The skin is made up of tissue that is constantly changing and renewing.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Age-Related Changes
    • Common Integumentary System Problems
    • Risk Factors

    Chapter 10: The Musculoskeletal System

    Bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bursae make up the musculoskeletal system. This system gives the human form structure and, in conjunction with the neurologic system, allows it to move.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Age-Related Changes
    • Common Musculoskeletal Problems
    • Risk Factors

    Chapter 11: The Nervous System

    The central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system complex make up the nervous system, which analyzes sensory data, responds to the internal and external environment, controls and coordinates motor, emotional, and intellectual function, and regulates and communicates with other body systems.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Age-Related Changes
    • Common Nervous System Problems
    • Delirium
    • Dementia
    • Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
    • Pain and Pain Perception
    • Additional Problems

    Chapter 12: The Reproductive System

    The female reproductive system consists of the breasts, uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, whereas the male reproductive system consists of the penis, scrotum, and testes.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Age-Related Changes
    • The Female Reproductive System
    • The Male Reproductive System
    • Common Reproductive System Problems

    Chapter 13: The Respiratory System

    The upper respiratory tract and the lower respiratory tract make up the respiratory system. The respiratory system, which is responsible for gas exchange between the environment and the lungs as well as cellular respiration between oxygen molecules and the cells, goes through several changes as it ages. The distinction between disease-related and aging-related changes is frequently obscured.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Age-Related Changes
    • Common Respiratory System Problems
    • Risk Factors

    Chapter 14: The Sensory System

    Through the interpretation of inputs and interaction with the environment, the senses create a link to the outside world. There are also general and particular senses to consider.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Age-Related Changes
    • Sight
    • Hearing
    • Smell and Taste
    • Touch

    Chapter 15: The Urinary System

    Bladder, ureters, and kidneys make up the urinary system. Urine production is the kidney's main function.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Age-Related Changes
    • Common Urinary System Problems

    Chapter 16: Summary

    Client education is one of the most important functions of healthcare providers. It is a personal choice to live a healthy lifestyle. In order to help aging folks improve their physical and emotional health, it's critical to assess their situation and provide them with knowledge about diet, stress management, and lifestyle options.

    Lesson 3: Mental Health and Aging

    Chapter 1: Course Description

    The vast expansion of the aged population has produced a critical societal challenge: the design and delivery of mental health care to the elderly. Because the aging population in the United States and throughout the world is expected to quickly grow, the need for geriatric mental health treatments is expected to skyrocket.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Course Objectives

    Chapter 2: Introduction

    The vast expansion of the aged population has produced a critical societal challenge: the design and delivery of mental health care to the elderly. As the 76 million "baby boomers" approach 65 years of age, the senior population in the United States is expected to quickly expand between 2010 and 2030. Senior citizens will make up 20% of the population by 2030.

    Chapter 3: Mental Health & Wellness Strategies

    Maintaining mental health in older life requires continued intellectual, social, and physical activities throughout one's life. Mental health is often misunderstood to be nothing more than the absence of mental illness, but it is much more.

    Chapter 4: Mental Health Disorders

    Mental health disorders are illnesses that are marked by changes in one's thoughts, emotions, or behavior (or some combination thereof). They cause a slew of issues, including disability, pain, and death, and are linked to discomfort and/or decreased functioning. All diagnosable mental health illnesses are referred to collectively as mental illness.

    Chapter 5: Depression

    Depression is not a common side effect of growing older. Despite this, depression is a medical condition that is under-diagnosed and under-treated. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson's disease are all common causes of depression.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Theories of Depression
    • Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults
    • Depression and Co-Occurrence
    • Contributing Factors to Depression
    • Interventions
    • Treatment
    • Medication

    Chapter 6: Suicide

    Sadly, elderly people are more likely than younger people to take their own lives. Suicide is typically a precursor to clinical depression in this age range, which the National Institute of Mental Health (2016) defines as self-destructive behavior with the goal to take one's life.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Risk Factors
    • Interventions

    Chapter 7: Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Dementia is a condition in which a person's intellectual abilities gradually deteriorate to the point that they interfere with social and vocational functioning. Alzheimer's disease (AD), vascular dementia (VaD), Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementia are the most common kinds of dementia (FTD). Dementia affects around 35.8% of people over the age of 85.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Symptoms
    • Diagnosis and Risk Factors
    • Interventions

    Chapter 8: Anxiety

    One of the most frequent disorders in older persons is anxiety. Anxiety disorders in older adults can arise as a result of a specific stressful incident or a general change, such as a decline in health, disease, financial strain, a change in living circumstances, retirement, or the death of a spouse or significant other.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Interventions

    Chapter 9: Alcohol Abuse

    Alcoholism in elderly individuals may be an indication of various chronic and mental illnesses. It can also be challenging to spot. Anxiety, agitation, memory loss, melancholy, blackouts, confusion, weight loss, and falls are common symptoms among older persons who drink alcohol.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Theories
    • Interventions

    Chapter 10: Cultural, Competence, Diversity, and Mental Health

    All cultures have symptoms of significant mental diseases. Because mental illness and mental health are frequently manifested via behavior, understanding cultural aspects is essential for understanding a client's behavior and developing culturally relevant interventions. Normal and deviant actions are both cultural manifestations, according to Meiner (2014).

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Diverse Ethnic Populations
    • African Americans
    • Asian American/Pacific Islander
    • Hispanic Americans
    • Native Americans

    Chapter 11: Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Mental Health

    Recovery and healing may be aided by a mental health therapy strategy that acknowledges the interrelationship between mind, body, and spirit.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Self-Help
    • Diet & Nutrition
    • Pastoral Counseling
    • Expressive Therapies (Art, Dance, and Music Therapy)
    • Culturally Based Healing Arts
    • Relaxation & Stress Reduction Techniques

    Chapter 12: Animal-Assisted Therapy and Mental Health

    Animal-assisted therapy's use in health care skyrocketed in the 1980s and 1990s, and it's still on the rise. Clinical findings and new studies today confirm the age-old concept that an interaction between humans, animals, and the natural environment benefits to health and well-being (Pet Partners, 2017).

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • The Purpose of Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs
    • Settings for Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs
    • The Mental Health Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy
    • Loneliness and Companion Animals

    Chapter 13: Mental Health Resources and Supportive Services

    Given the stigma and stereotypical views of mental health services held by older persons, alternatives to specialty mental health settings must be examined. Senior centers, communal meal locations, and other community settings where older persons congregate could be useful places to give mental health services to them.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Limited Utilization of Services by the Elderly

    Chapter 14: Trends: A Vision for the Future

    A greater number of people will be treated at home. Programs are being developed by community organizations such as churches and congregations, senior citizens' groups, and other social organizations to help older people maintain their mental health by minimizing loneliness and sadness. Medical curricula will place a greater emphasis on gerontologic, geriatric, and geriatric-psychiatric topics.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Initiatives in Mental Health & Aging

    Chapter 15: Summary

    Due to the difficulties in diagnosing and effectively treating mental disorders, health care providers are challenged to provide an effective assessment process, be aware of the most up-to-date treatments and resources, and provide current and timely preventive information to both aging adults and their caregivers.

    Lesson 4: Healthy Aging

    Chapter 1: Course Description

    This course is aimed to provide a comprehensive, theoretically integrated view on healthy aging to health professionals. The learner will be able to address healthy aging in terms of cultural parallels and differences, complementary and alternative medicine, nutritional concerns, physical activity, fall prevention, sleep issues, and sexuality issues as a result of this course.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Course Objectives
    • Introduction

    Chapter 2: A Diverse Aging Population

    To fulfill the requirements of a multigenerational, multicultural aging population, population patterns of aging, longevity, and diversity will necessitate new ways of thinking. The structure of healthcare delivery systems, the types of care provided, and how care is delivered, for example, necessitate new solutions that serve the specific needs of this diverse group of seniors.

    Chapter 3: Ethnic Elders

    Because ethnic elder cohorts are made up of so numerous subgroups with different cultural tendencies, it's difficult to draw judgments about them. The health profiles that follow will provide you an insight of the most common healthcare conditions that ethnic older people face (CDC, 2018c).

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Black/African American Elderly
    • Hispanic American Elderly
    • Native American Elderly
    • Asian/Pacific Islander American Elderly

    Chapter 4: Alternative and Complementary Healthcare

    Approximately half of the population in the United States uses or has utilized alternative health care (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health [NCCIH], 2018). The elderly American is no exception. Complementary therapies are used by about 55 percent of persons aged 65 and up.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Types of Complementary and Alternative healthcare

    Chapter 5: Nutrition and Aging

    Heredity, environment, and lifestyle all play a role in the development of disease. However, the primary causes of death in the senior population have been linked to eating and drinking habits.

    Chapter 6: Physical Activity and Aging

    Physical activity is essential for excellent health, functional independence, and overall quality of life. It's an important part of aging well. Physical activity has numerous health benefits that last a lifetime. There is mounting evidence that regular aerobic activity, such as circuit training, cycling, jogging, swimming, or walking, can improve strength and endurance.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Health Benefits of Physical Activity
    • Consider the following facts on physical activity
    • Sustained exercise among the middle-aged and elderly has demonstrated many benefits including the following
    • What Communities Can Do
    • Immunizations and the Older Adult
    • Vaccine Risks
    • Making Health a Priority

    Chapter 7: Falls and the Older Person

    As their bodies and minds change as a result of age, the elderly encounters a number of health and safety challenges. The risk of falling is one of the most serious dangers that older people face. Falls are the main cause of mortality in people aged 65 and up (CDC, 2018a).

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • The Scope of the Problem
    • Fall Classification
    • Fall Prevention
    • Lighting
    • Floor and Hallway
    • Bathrooms
    • Stairways and Steps
    • Furniture
    • Storage

    Chapter 8: Sleep and the Elderly

    Sleep is "a natural, periodically recurring, physiologic condition of rest for the body and mind; sleep is a state of inactivity or repose that is required to be active," according to Meiner (2014). All human beings have two universals, opposing functions: sleep and activity. The natural sleep cycle begins to shift as people become older, resulting in fewer deep sleep periods.

    Chapter 9: Sexuality and Aging

    While many people do not equate sexuality with the elderly, love and closeness are essential throughout one's life. The idea that the elderly is too tired and feeble to care about sex is a frequent misunderstanding. One of the most common cultural myths about aging is that age-related physiological changes in the elderly have a negative impact on sexual function.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Normal Physical Changes in Genital Functioning
    • Women
    • Men

    Chapter 10: Social Activity and Aging

    Throughout their lives, social, economic, and behavioral factors have an impact on the health of the elderly. Social support systems and social activities are important among these elements. When older persons interact socially with friends and family members, they are more likely to stay in the community and require less formal healthcare services (e.g., hospitalization or institutionalization).

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Lifelong Learning
    • Leisurely Pursuits
    • Second and Third Careers
    • Volunteerism

    Chapter 11: Spirituality, Religion, and Aging

    Religion is generally seen to be the material manifestation of spirituality: the organization, rituals, and practice of one's beliefs. It is a personal form of expressing spirituality based on creeds and community behaviors through affiliations, ceremonies, and rituals. Spirituality appeals to people of various faiths and affiliations.

    Chapter 12: Summary

    As the number of persons aged 65 and up in the United States rises, we face new difficulties and opportunities in every part of our society. New decisions must be made by policymakers, businesses, healthcare professionals, and families to address the requirements of our aging population. The elderly person has more opportunities than ever before to live a longer and healthier life.

    Lesson 5: Pain Assessment and Management in the Older Adult

    Chapter 1: Course Description

    Pain is a manifestation of discomfort that affects people of all ages and populations. Healthcare practitioners must be knowledgeable in diagnosing pain, recognizing pain management beliefs, dealing with cultural challenges in pain management, and administering effective pain therapies to give quality care to aging persons.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Course Objectives
    • Introduction

    Chapter 2: Pain as a Priority

    Pain is becoming more widely acknowledged as a national and international concern. Pain, for example, affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined (National Institutes of Health, 2013). Many of the world's largest health organizations have focused their attention on this problem in recent years.

    Chapter 3: Pain Defined

    Pain is a highly personal feeling that can be described in a variety of ways (Meiner, 2014; Miller, 2011).

    Chapter 4: Pain and the Elderly

    Understanding the entire impact of pain and how to manage it in the aging adult may need a review of some alarming data.

    Chapter 5: Misconceptions About Pain

    Let's start by dispelling some common pain myths. These myths may be believed by the person in pain, his or her family, or any member of the healthcare team, and they obstruct the proper assessment of pain (American Pain Society, 2018; Meiner, 2014).

    Chapter 6: Physiology of Pain

    Millions of nerve endings make up the nervous system, and pain activates them. Nociciceptors are specialized nerve endings that cause pain. They can be found in various regions of the body, including the skin, joints, muscle, fascia, viscera, and smooth muscle of the artery walls. Per square inch of skin on the human body, there are about 1,000 nociceptors.

    Chapter 7: Types of Pain

    Despite the fact that every pain employs the identical nociceptors, the placement of the sensitive fibers determines the type of pain a person feels.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Superficial Pain
    • Visceral Pain
    • Somatic Pain
    • Pain as the Result of Metabolic Need or Metabolic Excess
    • Neuropathic Pain
    • Phantom Pain
    • Breakthrough Pain

    Chapter 8: Pain Behaviors

    Clients with pain will exhibit observable physiologic and behavioral indicators of distress, and these signs will serve as the foundation for pain evaluation, according to healthcare practitioners.

    Chapter 9: Culture and Pain

    Culture is a set of shared values, ideas, and understandings about the meanings of words and behaviors, as well as the appropriate ways to express them. Culture influences the beliefs and behaviors that members of a social group learn, share, and pass down. It gives you a way of seeing the world and dealing with it.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Cultural Expressions of Pain
    • Cultural Expressions of Pain and Pain Assessment
    • Culture and Pain Management

    Chapter 10: Pain Assessment

    "Pain assessment begins when the nurse acknowledges and takes seriously the client's self-report of pain," wrote Meiner and Lueckenotte (2006, p. 309). Nurses, more than any other member of the healthcare team, play a critical role in the assessment and management of pain. They spend more time with patients than any other member of the team.

    Topics to be discussed include:


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      the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers and employers.
      Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles
      and job applications.

      Wendy Sue Hunt - 5 STAR REVIEW
      "If you are considering taking any “Courses for Success”, I would highly recommend it. I have always been a firm believer it’s important to always sharpen your skills. You are never too old to learn more. I found the courses very helpful, interesting and easy to understand.
      The term “Courses for Success” helped me in my current position to succeed. After completing the courses, I gave my manager the completion certificates. Recently I received a promotion too."

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      "I
      had a very good experience with my course. It has helped me to get
      multiple jobs and prepared me for almost everything I would need to
      know. The course was very informative and easy to understand and broken
      up perfectly to be done in a short amount of time while still learning a
      good amount! I would recommend Courses for Success to anyone trying to
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      "I have absolutely enjoyed the materials from Courses for Success. The materials are easy to understand which makes learning enjoyable. Courses for Success have great topics of interest which make you come back for
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      Our
      completion certificates are very valuable and will help you progress in
      your work environment and show employers how committed you are to learn
      new skills, you might even get a promotion.

      18.  Will this course be credited by universities?

      No, it is not equivalent to a college or university credit.

      19.  Am I guaranteed to get a job with this certificate?

      This course will give you the skills you need to help you obtain employment, but it’s up to you if you get the job or not.

      20.  How will this course assist me with my career?

      Studying
      and completing this course will show employers that you have the
      knowledge in this field, additionally you will gain more confidence in
      this area of expertise.

      21.  How long is the certificate valid for?

      The Certificates are valid for life and do not need renewing. 

      22.  Can I take more than one course at a time?

      Courses
      are studied online at your own pace and you are free to study as many
      or as few courses as you wish, we also offer online course bundles that
      allow you to save on additional courses so that you may get all the
      topics related to your training goals in one go.

      23.  What are the Payment Methods available? Is there a payment plan?

      We accept payments via PayPal, Credit Card and Bank Transfer.

      Payment Plans: We have partnered with Partial.ly, to offer our own in house payment plan. Everyone is Pre-Approved, providing the initial deposit is paid in full.

      To pay via bank transfer contact us info@coursesforsuccess.com

      24.  Can I purchase for multiple people?

      Yes, you can do this by purchasing individually via website or send us a request via email at info@coursesforsuccess.com

      25.  Can I request for an invoice before purchase?

      Yes, you can request for an invoice via email at info@coursesforsuccess.com

      26.  Purchase for a gift?

      Yes, you can purchase this course as a gift, simply send an email to info@coursesforsuccess.com, with the course details and we can accommodate this.

      27.  Can I create my own course bundle?

      Yes,
      you can customize your own bundle. Please send us the complete list
      with the exact course link of the courses you'd like to bundle up via
      email info@coursesforsuccess.com and we will create them for you. *Each course access, time of completion and certification varies depending on the course type.

      28.  How will I contact Courses For Success if I have any questions?

      You can contact our support team, at any time through live chat on our website, or email at info@coursesforsuccess.com, or by calling one of our phone numbers depending on which country you are in.  

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