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Aging Overview: Facts, Theories, and Numbers

presented by Timothy Kauffman

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Financial: Timothy Kauffman receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Timothy Kauffman has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course presents an overview of aging and includes important definitions as well as several theories of aging, both medical and social. Medical models are reviewed with special attention to what makes geriatric care different. A brief review of systems is presented from a progressive decline model. The review covers aging skin, digestive, and sensory systems in addition to a review of joints, circulatory systems, and pulmonary systems.

Meet Your Instructor

Timothy Kauffman, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Dr. Tim Kauffman's distinguished physical therapy career spans over four decades and includes work in U.S. Army and Reserve Unit hospitals, nursing homes, home care, research, lecturing, and private practice. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and serves as a clinical professor for many Eastern physical therapy schools. He is also an active…

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1. Definitions

The online learner will understand the definitions of aging, including primary and secondary aging processes. Understand the difference between lifespan and life expectancy, and review factors that contribute to varying levels of function over the lifespan.

2. Theories of Aging

The online learner will comprehend the difference between gerontology and the practice of geriatrics, and be introduced to theories of aging, including biological and social theories.

3. Medical Model and Summary

The online learner will understand demographic considerations in aging, including life expectancy across the world, and generational conflict. The online learner will also explore the special considerations in treating aging persons, and evaluate different models of healthcare in relation to geriatric care.

4. Review of Systems: Skin, Digestive, Eyes, and Ears

The online learner will understand the effects of aging on skin and digestive system, including warning signs for age-related disease. The online learner will also understand the effects of aging on sensory function, including the deterioration and specific disease of the eyes and ears.

5. Review of Systems: Joints, Circulatory, and Pulmonary

The online learner will be introduced to the effects of aging on joint and circulatory system function. The online learner will also understand the effects of aging on the pulmonary system function with an emphasis on changes in pulmonary system structure.

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