Assessing Outcomes Vital to Independent Living in Late Life- Discuss the context for late life functional assessment. Discuss the context for late life functional assessment. Describe the limitations of traditional functional assessment methods. Explain the advantages of contemporary methods of functional assessment. 1.0 Free Contact Hr.
Engaging Older Adults in Evidence Based Fall Prevention- Describe the multi-factorial etiology of falls. Identify clinical strategies, useful in any setting, to increase the likelihood that clinicians and older adults will integrate fall prevention behaviors into daily practice. 1.0 Free Contact Hr.
Reducing Falls in the Home: Medication Interventions and the Role of the Aging Network- Describe medication-related problems (MRPs) and explain why older adults are at high risk. Identify medication classes and specific medications that increase the risk of falls among older adults. List common side effects and adverse effects of medications that increase the risk of falls among older adults and monitor for these side effects/adverse effects in an effort to reduce falls risk. Describe why proper adherence to certain medications can decrease falls risk. Apply medication-related strategies from evidence-based fall prevention guidelines into practice. Review specific interventions related to medication use that can decrease falls risk for older adults living at home. 1.0 Free Contact Hr.
Fall-Related Brain Injury in Older Adults: Focus on Prevention- Discuss the prevalence and incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) secondary to falls in older adults & the impact of fall-related TBIs on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality. Describe age-related changes that increase risk for falls/TBI in older adults & the types of (TBI) that may occur secondary to a fall. Identify common fall related risk factors. Describe methods of identifying signs/symptoms related to TBI. Discuss evidence-based interventions in managing older adults following TBI. 1.0 Free Contact Hr.
Diabetes and Fall Risk: Special Considerations in Improving Quality of Life for Older Adults- Identify the problem: review demographics of diabetes and falls in older adults. Discuss the medical and psychosocial complications of diabetes. Review evidenced based preventive care for older adults. Emphasize the critical importance of ‘geriatric syndrome’ identification and management. Present the literature review of increased risk of falls in people with diabetes. Discuss diabetes management with special considerations for older adults. Discuss fall prevention strategies. Identify partnerships for management of fall risk for people with diabetes: focus on patient self-management. 1.5 Free Contact Hours