N280 – Geriatrics and Gerontology Nursing

Prerequisites: N204, N207 and N260 as co-requisite

Course Description:

A major course that deals with concepts and principles in gerontology and geriatric nursing.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, students should be able to: 

  1. Discuss demographic trends showing aging of the population. 
  2. Analyze economic, socio-cultural and health implications of the aging population
  3. Describe profile of older people based on their cultural context
  4. Explain the dynamics of the aging process based on life course perspective and theories of aging
  5. Perform assessment of the health and social status of older people
  6. Evaluate available social support for older people.

Course Outline: 

  1. Aging of the Population
  2. Individual Aging vs. Population Aging
  3. Aging of populations
  4. Aging of individuals
  5. Economic and Socio-cultural Implications of Aging
  6. Social status of older people
  7. Economic status of older people
  8. Health Implications of Population Aging
  9. Health and wellness
  10. Chronic illness
  11. Profile of Older People
  12. Dynamics of the Aging Process and Theories in Aging
  13. Life Course Perspective
  14. Physiologic Aspects of Aging
  15. Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
  16. Social Aspects of Aging

III. Assessment of the Health and Social Status of Older People

  1. Factors Affecting Health Status of Older People
  2. Principles and Techniques in Assessment of Health Status
  3. Functional Health Assessment of Older People
  4. Assessment of Living Conditions of Older People
  5. Social Support for Older People
  6. Family Support for Older People
  7. Community Services and Resources for Older People

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