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Aging Process I

1hour 0.1CEUs
$10

Description

Covers the changes that occur in aging in muscles and bones, the nervous system, the senses (vision, hearing, taste and smell) and the skin.

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Aging Process I

Introduction to Aging,
Part 1 of a 2 part series

 

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Normal Aging
  • Summary
  • Resources

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In these classes, we will review the major systems of the body and talk about what you might see in an older adult:

  • review why it happens
  • what you might need to watch out for in an elderly client

This two part series is designed to provide adult care workers some understanding of what is normal, and what is not.

Introduction

One can say we start aging the moment we are born. Normal growth and development involves changes in all the body systems. Depending on the stage, change can be dramatic or subtle.  Systems can be transformed or stay the same.

While there are a lot of obvious changes early in development, our bodies continue to change and adapt.  As we spend more than half our lives as “middle-aged” or older adult, understanding these stages is important to our patients, our parents and ourselves

Remember that everyone is different.  How one ages is dependent on many things among them genetics, early development, environment, and existing physical conditions.

Many of the age-related changes of the body take place slowly over a long period of time.  What we eventually notice may be the result of a long process rather than a sudden change.

Often, because it is so gradual, we develop habits to compensate for these changes.  The change then may seem "sudden" because the compensatory tricks we have used no longer work.

Let’s take a look at some of the major changes in older adults, starting with MUSCLES and BONES ... 

Adult Care

Learning Outcomes

  • describe age related changes in the muscles, bones, nervous system and skin
  • identify examples of how an older adult could experience age related changes in their muscles, bones, nervous system and/or senses
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