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Program Objectives

  1. Introduces students and professionals from various medical service industries to the concept of interprofessional education.
  2. Creates awareness for the need for interprofessional collaboration in a variety of medical settings.
  3. Compares interprofessional collaboration and compartmentalized care from the perspective of the geriatric patient.
  4. Familiarizes the learner with the core competencies of interprofessional collaborative practice.
  5. Gives examples of care both from the following competencies and from poor collaboration.
  6. Provide a template for treatment behavior for those who wish to adopt the intercollaborative model of care.
  7. Describes the impact that falls have on the elderly, their families, and society.
  8. Identifies the top 5 risk factors associated with falls.
  9. Identifies intrinsic and extrinsic fall risk factors in the elderly.
  10. Applies the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s STEADI program for preventing falls in older adults.
  11. Identifies interprofessional resources to support decreasing elderly person’s fall risk.
  12. Defines palliative care and hospice care and clarifies the relationship between these two, separate disciplines.
  13. Familiarizes the learner with documents that are important at the end-of-life.
  14. Develops a better understanding of age-related changes in the older adult.
  15. Applies environmental interventions to promote function in older adults.
  16. Becomes familiar with screening recommendations in older adults.
  17. Gains a better understanding of causes of medication issues in the older adult.
  18. Recognizes evidence-based tools available to reduce occurrences of inappropriate medication use in older adults.
  19. Understands the importance of an interprofessional approach to pharmacology in the older adult population.
  20. Gains understanding of informal caregivers and their unique needs.
  21. Appreciates the importance of assessing caregivers for role stress and strain.
  22. Identifies potential abuse and neglect in an older adult.
  23. Cultivates an enhanced understanding of cognitive impairment and depression.
  24. Develops appropriate expectations of clients with mental health concerns.
  25. Understands how healthcare professionals participate in the detection, assessment, and treatment of dementia and depression.
  26. Becomes familiar with how to best select screening tools for dementia and when to refer your client for additional testing.
  27. Describes the significance of malnutrition in the older adult.
  28. Recognizes how aging changes impact nutritional status.
  29. Discusses how nutrition screening impacts malnutrition.