Nursing: Common Sensory Problems in the Older Adult
17.95
Online
Elective
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About the Course

Older adults experience a multitude of sensory losses that affect their quality of life and how they interpret and interact with their environment. These impairments place the older adult at high risk for injuries and can result in decreased ability to function, depression, and feelings of loneliness and isolation. They must learn how to adapt to these sensory losses while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Nursing interventions are aimed at accommodating sensory losses, managing pain, and reducing risks to help maintain a good quality of life for the older adult. This course covers the common problems older adults experience, such as pain and pain management, as well as the loss of hearing, touch, vision, taste, smell, and thermal regulation due to aging. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Distinguish three approaches to pain management in the older adult population.
  • Apply interventions to assist visually impaired older adults.
  • Appraise how the loss of touch sensation affects quality of life of an older adult patient.
  • Describe two interventions used to promote safety for older adults experiencing the loss of taste and smell.
  • Identify one example of how older adults have trouble with thermal regulation.

About the Author: 
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN 

Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and all patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and geriatric nursing. Dr. Lehman is licensed in the state of Texas as a registered nurse (RN) and as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in medical-surgical nursing. She is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a gerontological nurse, and a CNS. Dr. Lehman is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), editor and author of the ARN: Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum, 7th Edition, and was the chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016). 
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Common Sensory Problems in the Older Adult - N48421

17.95
About the Course

Older adults experience a multitude of sensory losses that affect their quality of life and how they interpret and interact with their environment. These impairments place the older adult at high risk for injuries and can result in decreased ability to function, depression, and feelings of loneliness and isolation. They must learn how to adapt to these sensory losses while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Nursing interventions are aimed at accommodating sensory losses, managing pain, and reducing risks to help maintain a good quality of life for the older adult. This course covers the common problems older adults experience, such as pain and pain management, as well as the loss of hearing, touch, vision, taste, smell, and thermal regulation due to aging. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Distinguish three approaches to pain management in the older adult population.
  • Apply interventions to assist visually impaired older adults.
  • Appraise how the loss of touch sensation affects quality of life of an older adult patient.
  • Describe two interventions used to promote safety for older adults experiencing the loss of taste and smell.
  • Identify one example of how older adults have trouble with thermal regulation.

About the Author: 
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN 

Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and all patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and geriatric nursing. Dr. Lehman is licensed in the state of Texas as a registered nurse (RN) and as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in medical-surgical nursing. She is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a gerontological nurse, and a CNS. Dr. Lehman is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), editor and author of the ARN: Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum, 7th Edition, and was the chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016).