Theoretical and evidence-based practice foundations for assessment and management of patients across the aging continuum. The physiologic, psychological, socioeconomic, emotional, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of the older adult in relationship to self, family, care-givers, and the health-care system are emphasized. Concurrent clinical practicum in which the student manages patients across the older-age spectrum under the supervision of preceptors and faculty. An on-campus visit is required in which students participate in a Standardized Patient final examination test-out.
1. Assess the impact of cognitive, functional, and psychosocial changes in the older adult, across the aging spectrum, using age-appropriate standardized assessment and screening tools 2. Identify common acute and chronic conditions and diseases that impact psychosocial functioning, functional status, and quality of life in the older adult 3. Integrate knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of geriatric syndromes including but not limited to: dementia and delirium, incontinence, polypharmacy, immobility, nutrition/malnutrition and sleep 4. Demonstrate effective coordination of transitions between levels of care and within the health care system for patients, families, and caregivers. 5. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with patients, families, and care-givers regarding, health status, healthcare financing, palliative care, and end-of-life decision making 6. Apply patient engagement principles to the older adults, families, and caregivers to educate and advocate for the older adult across the cultural, ethnic, literacy, and demographic spectrum of the older adults in a complex and rapidly evolving health care system 7. Evaluate the quality of services provided to older adults and their families.