Elderly Care I
- Course description:
- The Trends and Concepts of Aging
Aging is a major , complex, and trendy issue. In this lesson, we are going to focus on learning what aging is, what trends aging is shaping, how different countries around the world handle these issues,and what we are facing as we age. We know that diseases can cause degeneration. Are there any differences between disease-induced degeneration and aging-induced degeneration? Let’s see, what are the differences between them.
- Aging or Disease
In this lesson, we will briefly introduce the concept of “health” and the indicators in the elderly, the potential health problems that we may encounter as the population of the elderly increases, and how to distinguish aging from diseases. Finally, we will also talk about the characteristics of the health problems that the elderly face.
- How to Communicate with the Elderly
This lesson has three chapters, 1. The current issues and the importantce of communication with the elderly, 2. Communication problems with the elderly, and 3. Verbal and non-verbal communication with the elderly. This topic is very useful for medical staff members in clinical practice and also in daily situation.
- Health Promotion Disease Prevention
Health promotion and disease prevention programs focus on keeping people healthy. Health promotion programs aim to engage and empower individuals and communities to choose healthy behaviors, and make changes that reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. Disease prevention differs from health promotion, disease prevention priograms focus on specific efforts aimed at reducing the development and severity of chronic diseases. In this lesson, there are four issues we want to share with you. First, we will introduce the notion of public health and preventive medicine. Second, how your living habits affect your health. Third, effective health promotion activities for elderly people .Forth, social interaction and spiritual support.
- Elderly Abuse
There are six sections in this lesson. First, we will start with the definition and classifications of elder abuse. Second, we will dicuss why this has become an important issue in our society, and why we need to research this topic.Third, we will discuss how widespread this issue has become, that is, the extent of the issue. Forth, we will introduce you to the risk factors of elder abuse. Fifth, we will move on to intervention, that is, how can we improve the status quo, what kind of intervention can we provide in terms of personal health. In the final section, we will look at the current policies regarding elder abuse and discuss what we can do.
- Hospice and Palliative Care
The hospice and palliative care service is for the terminally ill patients. In Taiwan, it is mainly provided for the patients with cancer. More than 30,000 people die from cancer each year, and the numbers are increasing every year as a result that cancer continues to be the leading cause among the top ten causes of death in Taiwan. The hospice and palliative care service aims to help and take care of patients with respect as well as alleviating their pain. Helping patients’ wishes come true and let patients die with peace and dignity. Also, helping the family members of patients cope with grief.
- Spiritual Care for the Elderly
Spirituality is the process of dynamic changes and a transcendent expereince. It is a significant part of many people’s lives, and it can become even more important as we grow older. In this lesson, we will focus on spiritual care for elderly patients. This lesson has three sections. First, we will introduce the notion of spirituality and suffering. Second, we will discuss how to look back on life and find the meaning of it. Third, will talk about the clinical practice of spiritual care in nursing.