Between 2005 and 2030, the number of adults aged 65 and older in the United States will nearly double. This rapid expansion in the number of older adults may overwhelm the number of available, well-trained health professionals. Specific skills are required to provide optimal care to older patients, many of whom have chronic illnesses. Managing chronic illness effectively also...
The genetic link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease will be established and the impact of this association on aging in Down syndrome will be highlighted. Treatments for Alzheimer's disease in Down syndrome will be evaluated and the need for more clinical trials will be discussed.
Obesity is a national epidemic. Elderly are not immune. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that nearly 70% of Americans over the age of sixty are overweight or obese.
Professionals working with clients who are approaching death may have difficulty either speaking about the "elephant in the room" or letting go of language that reinforces the power imbalance of "professional/patient" interaction.
Disasters occur frequently across the country and vary in type and effect, comprehensive planning for the needs of older adults during and after disasters and public health emergencies needs to be taking place as soon as possible to promote community resilience and recovery.
Social connection and relationship-building is an important aspect of whole-person wellness. Age, chronic illness, terminal illness, or physical or mental disability need not limit the level of wellness one can reach; the level of wellness is always relative to one's own potential.
This session will use a variety of teaching methods to define, describe, provide...