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Physiological Changes and Assessment of the Older Adult Part 2

presented by Constance Sheets

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Video Runtime: 101 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 39 Minutes

Individuals 85 years of age and older are one of the fastest growing segments of the US population (US Census Bureau, 2010). Growth in this age bracket, coupled with the already growing number of individuals 65 and older, will lead to a tremendous need for nurses to provide specialized physical and comprehensive assessments. These assessments will need to account for chronic illness and age-related physiological changes to prevent complications and improve well-being. Age-related changes in health are most pronounced in those over 85; therefore, astute assessment skills are imperative. Providing a systematic approach to the assessment will cover all essential aspects and give the opportunity to develop appropriate interventions. This course will provide the nurse with skills and techniques on how to provide a head-to-toe physical assessment of the older adult. Other dimensions in providing a comprehensive evaluation of the older adult will also be mentioned.

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Constance Sheets, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC

Dr. Sheets has taught in the undergraduate nursing program at Valparaiso University since 2004. She is certified in gerontology and has an extensive home health background. She has co­-authored articles that have been published in Rehabilitation Nursing and Nursing Education Perspectives, and has been a content reviewer for a gerontological nursing textbook. Professor Sheets has…

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1. Physical Assessment Part One: Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, Mouth, Throat, Lungs, and Upper Extremities

Performing a thorough physical assessment of the older adult is imperative to ward off complications and provide interventions that improve quality of life. Having a basic knowledge of common chronic illnesses and age-related changes also plays an essential role in the physical exam. This chapter will provide a demonstration of how to give an assessment of the top half of the body, including head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, throat, lungs, and upper extremities of the older adult. Common age-related factors and chronic illness related to each body system will also be mentioned to help the nurse differentiate normal from abnormal findings in order to provide appropriate interventions.

2. Physical Assessment Part Two: Heart, Abdomen, Lower Extremities, and Neurological Systems

Performing a thorough physical assessment of the older adult is imperative to ward off complications and provide interventions that improve quality of life. Having a basic knowledge of common chronic illnesses and age-related changes also plays an essential role in the physical exam. This chapter will provide a demonstration of how to give an assessment of the older adult for the bottom half of the body, including the heart, abdomen, lower extremities, and neurological systems. Common age-related factors and chronic illness related to each body system will also be mentioned to help the nurse differentiate normal from abnormal findings in order to provide appropriate interventions.

3. Comprehensive Assessment Items

Performing a head-to-toe physical exam is an important aspect of decreasing complications and improving the well-being for the older adult. In addition, providing a comprehensive assessment can assist the nurse in gathering more information that is imperative to the holistic care of the older adult. In this chapter, comprehensive assessments for factors such as functional status, pain, spirituality, cognition, and psychological condition will be identified.

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By 2030, the number of US adults aged 65 or older will more than double to about 71 million, or 20 % of the US population (US Census Bureau, 2010). The increase in the older adult population has far-reaching implications and will put high demands on nurses to provide quality, age-specific care. The US population is living longer, but the increased years of life are not always healthy ones. Nurses will need to have awareness and knowledge of physiological changes that occur in the older adult to improve quality of life and well-being while preventing complications. This course will arm the nurse with the understanding of physiologic changes that occur with aging. Physiologic changes in the aging of each body system will be discussed, along with some assessment parameters that the nurse can use to differentiate expected differences from those that are abnormal.

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