By 2025, one third of the world’s population will be over the age of 65. How much do you know about the physical and psychological changes associated with aging? Should one be afraid of getting older or look forward to it? How can wellness and healthcare professionals contribute to their older clients wellbeing? This course offers comprehensive answers to these questions and more.
The program explores the biology of aging and existing theories about the aging process. It examines age-related physical changes as well as the broader psychological and social issues human face as they go through their lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the holistic approach to the client’s health, assisting older patients in pain reduction, and dysfunctions associated with particular health conditions that afflict this population.
Among the central themes covered in the course curriculum are theoretical and practical issues associated with the life style choice and self determination of older adults. Particular focus is placed on the following topics: nutrition and aging, education and learning in later life, grieving and aging and work and aging.
- Demographics of the older population and how they affect various aspects of our society
- Knowledge of the current scientific theories on adult development and aging
- Difference between normal changes in functioning due to aging and pathological (abnormal) changes leading to disease
- Difference between normal aging and age-associated pathology
- Chronic degenerative musculoskeletal conditions in the elderly
- Changes in nutritional needs that occur with aging
- Risk factors of malnutrition in this population
- Changes occurring in aging bones and how to decelerate this process
- Mental health challenges unique to the older population
- Osteopathic approach to treating elderly patients
- Understanding the specific emotional and physical needs of elderly clients
3 quizzes. Final exam. Passing grade is 70%.
The study of gerontology enables wellness and health care professionals to develop a patient-centered therapeutic approach to support healthy aging in their older clients. Practitioners will acquire confidence in working with this growing segment of the population by integrating various osteopathic models of care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be at my computer at a particular time?
No, you do not need to be online at a set time. After enrollment, you have 24/7 access to the online learning platform for the period of one year.
Am I able to communicate with my course instructor?
Yes, LCO’s online learning platform enables you to have communication with your insructors and peers.
How much study is involved in this program?
The Gerontology: Osteopathic Perspective certificate program requires 60 hours of study time.
How many Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) is this program worth?
6 CEUs, 1 CE= 10 study hours
Do I have to purchase textbooks or other material?
No. All study materials are provided through the online learning platform and included in the one-time program fee.
How do I receive my certificate?
Upon completing all course requirements, you will be able to download a printable version of your professional development certificate Gerontology: Osteopathic Perspective