As we age, we become more vulnerable to chronic disorders. Eighty-four percent of people 65 and older have at least 1 chronic illness, and 62 percent have 2 or more chronic illnesses. Living with chronic illness over many years can result in chronic pain, loss of function and independence, and increased dependence on others for support. Chronic illness also decreases quality of life due to isolation, depression, anxiety, cognitive loss, and other mental health issues.
In this seminar we discuss the most common geriatric disorders, coupled with the best-practice approaches that professionals should use to lessen the impact of chronic disease on quality of life and mental health. Topics covered include delirium, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pulmonary disease, decreased vitality syndromes, mobility disorders, chronic pain, and genitourinary disorder. Lectures, group discussion, case studies, and videos enhance your learning experience.
What you will learn
- Understand the symptoms and causes of chronic geriatric illnesses, and learn how timely and appropriate treatment will lessen the consequences of delirium in the elderly.
- Become familiar with the most current treatment guidelines for common geriatric chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular diseases, adult-onset diabetes, chronic pulmonary disease, decreased vitality syndromes, mobility disorders, chronic pain, and genitourinary disorders.
- Learn how to lessen the impact of common geriatric chronic diseases on quality of life and mental health.
- Learn to develop a best-practices management plan for clients with complex chronic diseases.
Continuing education credits
0.5 CEU=5 hours of professional continuing education.