The Hospitalized Older Adult - CMEZ533

The Hospitalized Older Adult

Entering a Danger Zone

by Maureen Habel, MA, RN
(4.6 / 25 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


By 2050, the number of Americans age 65 or older is projected to be 83.7 million. Aging baby boomers who began turning 65 in 2011 are largely responsible for this increase. People age 85 and older are the fastest-growing segment in this population group, and their numbers are projected to increase significantly after 2030. As a result, nurses and other healthcare professionals will care for an increasing percentage of hospitalized seniors. Hospitalization for older adults poses unique hazards, including an increased risk for adverse events, such as falls, infections, delirium and a decline in functional ability. Older hospitalized patients want to maintain the ability to perform the activities of daily living, which are essential to independent living. Those who care for hospitalized older adults should know how to protect seniors from adverse events and how to maintain and maximize each patient’s functional status.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses and physicians with information about the risks older adults face when they are admitted to the hospital, and the role the healthcare team plays in reducing those risks.
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify risks associated with the hospitalization of older adults
  • State ways that healthcare professionals as a team can help recognize and prevent adverse events in hospitalized older adults
  • Describe research findings that have implications for improving care for hospitalized elders

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 3/17/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/17/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/17/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Latrice B - Olympia Fields, IL  ·  Aug 21, 2019
It was very informative and gave insight about the onset of delirium. And the impact hospitalizations can have on the older person's functionality.
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Angel J - HOUSTON, TX  ·  Jul 09, 2019
Great. Very informative
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Liana K - clarksburg, MD  ·  May 09, 2019
very professional cours
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Pamela D - Golden, CO  ·  Feb 20, 2019
interesting information!!
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Leone M - Anchor Point, AK  ·  Nov 11, 2018
many of the concepts were pertinent to my area of practice which is now LTC.
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