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This course will look at current theories of causality, presenting behaviours, risk factors and therapies for each of these conditions. The impact on family and professional caregivers will be assessed. Dementia nursing care will focus on methods to enhance and retain patient abilities.

Physical Aging and Chronic Disease Management (Part One) 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 (2015) Model for Promoting Wellness in Older Adults, an exploration of potential risk factors, iatrogenic complications, and functional challenge will lead the nurse 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 supervised practice experience provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all courses in the program to-date with individuals living in a complex care setting. A portion of this nursing experience will be devoted to providing nursing care to individuals experiencing cognitive challenges and/or end-of-life needs. Opportunity will be provided for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the geriatric nurse within a complex care facility.

This course will detail the unique roles and functions of geriatric care by exploring historical underpinnings, societal needs, and current issues. Twos conceptual model for care of the acutely ill, chronically ill or frail elders will provide groundwork for use of assessment tools and critical analysis. A focus on health promotion and wellness in later life will guide and direct leadership in the care of older adults. Web, electronic and journal resources that support practice will be identified.

This course will look at current theories of causality, presenting behaviours, risk factors and therapies for each of these conditions. The impact on family and professional caregivers will be assessed. Dementia care will focus on methods to enhance and retain patient abilities.