Aging Immune Systems Make Older Adults More Vulnerable to Attack - MT494

Aging Immune Systems Make Older Adults More Vulnerable to Attack

by Connie C. Chettle, MS, MPH, RN and Susan C. Drummond, NCMT, RM and Linda R. Greene, MPS, RN, CIC
MT494
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This course is credentialed for:
Massage Therapy (1.00 CE hours)

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Summary:

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.

Objectives:

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
 

 
Accreditation Information
 
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, health educators, dietitians, laboratory technologists, massage therapists and occupational therapists.
 
Massage therapists: 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 ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
 
OnCourse Learning is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider (prov no. 451980-12 from 06/08/2012 to 12/29/2014, 1183 from 09/02/2016 through 09/02/2019).

Course Originally Released on: 6/22/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/31/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/31/2018

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

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Cristina d - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Jun 27, 2016
Very thorough & relevant statistics. Informational & not terribly long to read.
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Chantel T - Bluffton, SC  ·  Jun 25, 2016
Interesting facts. This was an eye opener of what the health care system has ahead with aging Americans.
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Theresa R - Tacoma, WI  ·  Jun 24, 2016
found the course very enformative. I did not realize the impact of lifelong viruses in the body had such an impact over time causing the immune system to be out of balance, almost like slowely developing aids, to the point the body can not fight off basic inferction, because the adaptive system is over used, leaving innate immune system to weak to function correctly. I also did not realze the ineffectiveness of flu vaccine in elderly, because of these problems, or immunoescencus.
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Xiomara V - Brockton, MA  ·  Jun 14, 2016
It really gave me a better look at the immune system of the elderly.
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Pamela M - Conyers , GA  ·  Jun 13, 2016
VERY INFORMATIVE AND BENEFICIAL TO ME AS A MASSAGE THERAPIST
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