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  • 1. Course Information Page Course Number Course Title Credit(s) College Department ALNU 4020 Care of Older 3 Nursing Adult Nursing Adults Prerequisites/ Description Proficiency Co-requisites Intensive Status Prerequisite(s): Completion of Content of this course focuses on the care of the older junior-level adult as an individual, a family member, and a nursing courses member of the community. The course emphasizes or permission of the promotion of health in the elderly, restoration and department rehabilitation for the ill elder, and palliative measures chair. for the dying client. Course Topics Expected Learning Outcomes Framework for plan nursing care that promotes optimal outcomes for older adult gerontological clients experiencing common health problems nursing; c identify strategies that promote effective communication with Demographics of impaired elders i select nursing strategies to manage common, multi-system health the older problems of the older adult, including end-of-life care population; p apply legal, ethical, and professional standards to the care of older Theories of adults in a variety of settings aging; a and select specific interventions for older adults to maximize function Physiologic and reduce risks utilizing research findings. influences of the aging process; Strategies for health promotion and disease prevention. Geriatric Syndromes: Immobility, Falls, Urinary Incontinence, and Constipation. Factors Placing Older Adults At Risk: Polypharmacy, Nutritional issues, Inactivity, Hearing and vision sensory deficits,
  • 2. Abuse/Neglect, and Finances/ Medicare. Management of Older Adults with Conditions Affecting Mood and Cognition: Delirium, Dementia, Depression, and Managing behavioral problems. Management of Older Adults with Endocrine Disorders: Benign prostatic hyperplasia, and Prostate and bladder cancer. Management of Individuals with Mobility Disorders: Osteoporosis, Fracture, Arthritis, Joint replacements, and Amputations. Management of Older Adults with Infection: Atypical presentation of infection, Upper respiratory infections, Urinary tract infections, and Tuberculosis. Management of Older Adults with Pulmonary
  • 3. Disease and Sleep Disorders: Management of Older Adults with Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Disorders: Chronic lung disease, Lung cancer, Pulmonary edema, Pulmonary embolism, and Sleep apnea. Management of Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disorders: Chronic heart failure, Pulmonary edema, and Peripheral vascular disease. Management of Individuals with Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract: Peptic ulcer Disease and gastro- esophageal reflux disease, G.I. bleed, G.I. obstruction, Diverticular disease, and Gastric and colon cancer. Management of Individuals with Disorders of the Integumentary System: Skin
  • 4. infections, Skin cancers, and Burn. Management of Older Adults with Nerological Disorders: Cerebrovascular accident; Degenerative neurological disease: Parkinson’s Disease, Myasthenia Gravis, Guillian Barre. Nursing Care Issues at the End of Life: Continuum of care, Advanced directives, End of life Issues: Palliation versus Cure.