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This program provides nurses and other healthcare workers with a description of how the aging process affects the major body systems, along with practices and strategies that can be used to preserve their functions. The program provides information on the changes that occur in the central nervous system, the senses and the emotions, and the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and integumentary systems of the aging patient.


Commercial Support AcknowledgmentNo commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

Statement of NeedIn the 21st century, people are living longer, healthier lives. Even though aging is a natural process, which often entails physical or mental degeneration, older adults, like people of any age, can strive for maximum quality of life.

Nurses and others providing care to older adults, need a good understanding of the effects of aging on various body systems, and what they can do to help maintain, and, when possible, increase active participation in life in order to promote the physical, mental, and emotional health of those they care for.

Method of ParticipationTo complete this activity and obtain continuing education credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction / Disclosures section in its entirety.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.
  • Submit the online Activity Evaluation form.

    AccreditationMedcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    Credit DesignationMedcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    OverviewThe material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Central Nervous System
  • The Senses
  • Emotions
  • The Gastrointestinal System
  • The Genitourinary System
  • The Integumentary System
  • Conclusion

    Learning ObjectivesAfter completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Outline common changes to the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems due to the aging process.
  • LIst signs and symptoms of damage and disease to the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems.
  • Describe practices that can improve cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal health.
  • Describe the changes that commonly occur in the central nervous system, and the implications of those changes.
  • Describe strategies to preserve mental function.
  • Explain how age-related diseases can impair mental function.
  • Describe how aging affects the major senses, including vision, hearing, touch and pain.
  • LIst aging effects on emotions, and what can be done to help steady those emotions.
  • Describe changes that may affect the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and ways to prevent constipation in the elderly.
  • Describe changes in the genitourinary and central nervous systems that may occur with aging.
  • Describe changes that commonly occur in the integumentary system during the aging process, and ways to keep the skin and nails of the elderly healthy.

    This educational activity was wholly developed, written, and produced by Medcom, Inc., G. Rand Rodriguez, editor. Anita Fitzgerald, RN, MSN, and Karen Fazio, MSG, served as subject matter experts in review of the content, and performed a content validation review. Marguerite Voorhees, RN, CNS, CPHQ, CPHRM, served as nurse planner.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    Unnapproved Use DisclosureMedcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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    How the Body Ages Online course
    • Course ID:
      244941
    • Duration:
      n/a
    • Price:
      $50