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Elderly Population

(Updated January 13th 2017)

Elder care involves a specific knowledge base and particular approach to understanding and managing elder adult's normal aging, problems and chronic conditions. The term elderly (geriatrics) starts from about age of 65 years. In addition to age, other factors to consider are functional status/reserves that decrease with age, and increase vulnerability or frailty. The older adult may:

  • exhibit one or more geriatric syndromes
  • develop or be living with one or more chronic conditions
  • have a health problem that can lead to another condition or injury
  • experience healthcare in various settings, the hospital, assisted living or at home

These situations can affect the health and function of the older adult and therefore require careful management to ensure proper care and improve or maintain quality of life

 

Webinars

MiCMRC/MiPCT Educational Webinar

Apr 27 2016

After viewing the recorded webinar Request CE

Webinar replay video

Presented by

Linda Keilman, DNP, GNP-BC

MiCMRC/MiPCT Educational Webinar

Feb 10 2016

After viewing the recorded webinar Request CE

Webinar replay video

Presented by

Kim Moon PharmD

MiCMRC/MiPCT Educational Webinar

Mar 9 2016

To receive a certificate of completion Click Here.

Webinar replay video

Presented by

Linda Keilman, GNP

Care Management Webinar

Mar 19 2015

To receive a certificate of completion Click Here

Presented by

Linda J. Keilman, DNP, GNP-BC, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Education Center of Michigan

Webinar

Sep 23 2013

To receive a certificate of completion Click Here

Webinar replay video

Presented by

Dr. Rodgers

Webinar

Jul 9 2014

To receive a certificate of completion Click Here

Webinar replay video

Presented by

Peg Nelson, RN-BC, MSN, NP, ACHPN, St. Joseph Hospital Ann Arbor

Webinar

Sep 10 2014

To receive a certificate of completion Click Here

Webinar replay video

Presented by

David Weissman, MD

Webinar

Aug 27 2014

To receive a certificate of completion Click Here

Webinar replay video

Presented by

David Weissman, MD

Webinar

Jul 2 2014

To receive a certificate of completion Click Here

Webinar replay video

Presented by

Julie Seitz, RN, St. Joseph Hospital, Ann Arbor

Tools

Tools

Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) Scale

The Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale tool plus description and instructions

Tools

Karnofsky Performance Scale Index

The Karnofsky Performance Scale Index allows patients to be classified as to their functional impairment. This can be used to compare effectiveness of different therapies and to assess the prognosis in individual patients. The lower the Karnofsky score, the worse the survival for most serious illnesses.

Tools

Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS-r)

The ESAS is a tool that was developed to assist in the assessment of nine symptoms that are common in palliative care patients: pain, tiredness, drowsiness, nausea, lack of appetite, depression, anxiety, shortness of breath, and wellbeing. There is also a blank scale for patient-specific symptoms.

Tools

Mental Status Assessment in Older Adults: Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)

Gives a description and instructions for the tool along with the tool itself

Tools

Katz Index of Independence of Activities of Daily Living

Assessment of functional status

Tools

SLUMS Cognitive Assessment

Tool designed to look for the presence of cognitive deficits and changes in cognition over time

Articles

Article

What Providers are Learning About Connecting to their Communities

Making connections with communities in order to improve the health status of members.

Article

For High Risk Patients: A Medical Home Within a Medical Home

Partners HealthCare fine-tunes an integrated care management program for patients with multiple conditions.

Article

Geriatric Syndromes

Describes how to assess older adults for these syndromes and directs nurses to appropriate resources.