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Course description: 

As medicine makes rapid advances in both acute and preventive health care, one finds that the aging population is growing at a commensurate pace. It may not be surprising that the fastest cohort of the population, the geriatric population (65 and older), utilizes the greatest portion of health care services. In contrast, however, a striking minority (approximately 5%) of older people live in chronic health facilities; rather, most live in their own home or apartment and continue to function as a vital part of society. Thus it is critical among the health care community and others, to be acutely aware of the unique considerations in caring for the geriatric patient, given the impact that this special cohort is exerting on the health care system, both in inpatient and ambulatory settings.



Course objectives: 

Upon completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • discuss the structural changes that affect the elderly
  • recognize functional changes that affect the elderly
  • describe the common diseases that affect the elderly
  • discuss the clinical approach to the elderly patient and special situations that may be dangerous
  • discuss special considerations in medical and surgical therapy


Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning


  • English

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