This course focuses on the normal changes of aging in all body systems. Select chronic diseases or conditions, and their treatment modalities, will be reviewed simultaneously with body system overviews. Using Carol Miller's (2009) Model for Promoting Wellness in Older Adults, an exploration of potential risk factors, iatrogenic complications, and functional challenge will lead various interprofessional practitioners to critically think about how to enhance physical health function. The compounding effect of acute illness on chronic health problems will also be examined.

This class will allow the student opportunities to learn and demonstrate skills in providing personal care and physical assessments.. In addition, classes will focus on learning material that apply skills particular to the Canadian Health care system and care of the older adult with an emphasis on assessment proficiency, psychomotor skills and documentation abilities.