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Aging Overview: Facts, Theories, and Numbers

presented by Timothy Kauffman

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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 member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in the Geriatric, Oncology and Sports Medicine sections. He has served on the Geriatric Section's Board of Directors, Research Committee, and the Editorial Board for Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and internationally on geriatric physical therapy care and his research has been published in a variety of journals. He is co-author and editor of the first and second editions of the Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual, an internationally acclaimed practical manual that provides step-by-step guidance on the treatment and evaluation of geriatric diseases and disorders. It was an immense undertaking, representing contributors from nine countries and 18 different academic/professional degrees. Tim has served the Lancaster Arthritis Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Red Cross Board and Health Volunteers overseas.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Definitions

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.