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
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, health educators, dietitians, laboratory technologists, massage therapists and occupational therapists.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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