|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Students will shift their attitudinal focus towards strengths and benefits instead of deficits when relating to elder persons.
- Students will demonstrate three health promotion exercises for aging family members.
- Students uses the vocabulary of chronic illness when assisting aging family members at the doctor or hospital
|Description - |
|An introduction to normal physical changes in older adults without significant disability, common diseases and disabilities that occur in old age, health promotion/disease prevention strategies, and health care policies and practices.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- List normal physical changes that tend to occur in older ages.
- Describe causes and methods of decreasing risk for four chronic disabilities that occur frequently in older adults.
- Explain the difference in approach between geriatric health care and acute care.
- Describe the Medicare, MediCal (Medicaid) and MediGap programs in terms of eligibility, coverage of services, and resources for assistance with health insurance.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Multimedia classroom. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Normal physical changes that tend to occur in older ages in the absence of disease
- Large range in rate and extent of changes
- Theories of physical aging
- Theories of causes
- Compression of morbidity hypothesis
- Overall change in speed of response
- Changes by systems:
- Skin and hair
- Vision and hearing
- Cardiovascular system
- Bones, joints, muscles and fat
- Gastrointestinal and genito-urinary syatem
- Brain and neurosensory system
- Sleep patterns
- Common chronic diseases and disability in older ages, methods of risk reduction, and management strategies:
- Parkinson's disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Macular degeneration, cataracts & glaucoma
- Other as requested by students
- Geriatric Health Care
- Emphasis on maximizing function in the context of chronic disease rather than curing disease
- Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
- Instumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
- Multidisciplinary focus
- Importance of working with family and other informal caregivers
- Ethnogeriatric care - issues in caring for elders from ethnically diverse populations
- Settings for geriatric care:
- Outpatient care
- Acute care hospital
- Adult day health care
- Home care
- Assisted living
- Nursing home
- Financing mechanisms, eligibility, and coverage of services:
- MediCal (Medicaid)
- Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Participation in discussion
- Performance on tests and quizzes to measure achievement of course objectives
- Completion of individual project
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Ferrini A. and Ferrini R. Health in the Later Years. Fifth Edition. New York, NY. McGraw-Hill, 2013. |
|Disciplines - |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Medical/clinical informational interview project
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Weekly reading assignments from text, averaging 35 pages.
- Read, interpret, and evaluate chapter topics for a more in-depth study and class presentation.
- Weekly completion of one activity related to text chapter involving reflection, critical thinking, evaluation and/or interview.
- Research, plan and present comprehensive final project.