Older adults comprise 12% to 13% of the U.S. population, yet they account for 26% of all physician office visits, 35% of all hospital stays, 50% of all ICU days, 34% of all prescriptions, 38% of all emergency medical responses and 43.6% of the national hospital bill. In the next 20 years, the number of people older than 65 is expected to double, from 35.1 million to more than 71.5 million. By 2030, one in every five Americans will be older than 65. As this population increases, healthcare providers across disciplines will be caring for an even greater number of acutely ill elderly patients. This updated module will help healthcare professionals as a team understand how age-related changes in the immune system increase the risk for and severity of common infections in elderly patients.
The goal of this immunosenescence continuing education program is to help nurses, health educators, dietitians, laboratory technologists, massage therapists and occupational therapists understand how age-related changes in the immune system increase the risk and severity of common infections in elderly patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- List three reasons elderly patients are more likely to develop an infection than younger patients
- Describe what happens to the immune system as we age
- Explain why it is so important that healthcare workers of various disciplines be vaccinated for influenza to protect their elderly patients
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, health educators, dietitians, laboratory technologists, massage therapists and occupational therapists.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.