Examine psychosocial issues that impact older adults and their health outcomes. Topics include demographic trends, cognitive impairment, sleep, mental health, abuse, legal issues, sexuality, spirituality, driving, finances, and care settings.
- Explain concepts that define successful aging
- Describe cognitive changes and dementia
- Identify how older adults cope with common life events
- Discuss how social factors affect psychological well-being
- Explore unique challenges facing older adults such as driving, sexuality, and abuse
- Examine care setting options and caregiver resources
Note: This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Nursing Care of the Older Adult.About The Author(s):
Suzanne Fitzsimmons - MSN ARNP
Suzanne Fitzsimmons, MSN, ARNP, is a faculty member in the College of Health Professions at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. She is both a geriatric nurse practitioner and a recreational therapist. She is currently involved in numerous dementia-care research projects and teaches courses in gerontology, recreational therapy, and health promotions for older adults with mild cognitive impairments. Her research has been published in many healthcare journals and she is the co-author of the Dementia Practice Guideline for Recreational Therapy: Treatment of Disturbing Behaviors.
Ms. Fitzsimmons is a regular speaker at the National Alzheimer’s Association, the Geriatric Society Association, and the National American Therapeutic Recreation Association yearly conferences. On a local level she is a board member of many organizations that provide services to older adults, does trainings for professional and family caregivers, and gives workshops for community-dwelling older adults on various aspects of aging. She does weekly cognitive and mental health screenings and referrals and provides counseling and consulting on mental health and cognitive issues of the older adult and their family caregiver. Suzanne Fitzsimmons has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.