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Elderly Care I

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Course Description

Elderly Care I

 

  1. Course description:

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

Online learning hours

The total number on learning hours, 7 Hours

Learning Objectives

The main objective of this course is to help students understand the process of aging, the differences between aging and disease, as well as the common issues associated with the clinical practice of elderly care, such as health promotions, elder negligence and abuse, palliative and hospice care, along with spiritual care, etc.

Learner Qualifications

No qualification required.

Measurement/Evaluation Criteria

Students who have an overall of scores not less than 60% are considered eligible to receive an online certificate.

Teacher & Course Team

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Teacher #01

Lecturer 1:

Feng-Hwa Lu

Current position:

  • Director of the Department of Geriatric Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital
  • Attending physician for the Department of Family Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor at the Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University

 

Specialized fields:

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine; Doctor-patient Communication; Family Medicine.

 

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Teacher #02

Lecturer 2:

Shyh-Dye Lee

 

Current position:

  • Part-time attending physician for the Department of Family Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Bei-hu Branch
  • Vice President of the Department of Community Medicine, Fu-Jen University Hospital
  • Professor at the Graduate School of the Department of Long-term Care, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Science

 

Specialized fields:

Geriatric Medicine, Clinical Medicine; Long-term Care, and Preventive Intervention; Community Medicine.

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Teacher #03

Lecturer 3:

Ying-Hsiang Huang

 

Current position:

  • Part-time attending physician for the Department of Family Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital

 

Specialized fields:

Family Medicine; Geriatric Medicine; Preventive Medicine

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Teacher #04

Lecturer 4:

Yi-Ching Yang

 

Current position:

  • Secretary of the medical division for National Cheng Kung University Hospital
  • Director of the Department of Family Medicine, Community Medicine Division, National Cheng Kung University Hospital
  • Professor at the Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University
  • Part-time professor at the Graduate School of Public Health, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University

 

Specialized fields:

Family Medicine; Geriatric Medicine, Obesity Medicine; Evidence-based Medicine; Diabetes Prevention

 

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Teacher #05

Lecturer 5:

Hui-Ching Weng

 

Current position:

  • Professor at the Graduate School for Gerontology, National Cheng Kung University

 

Specialized fields:

International Comparisons of Elderly Welfare; Doctor-patient Relationships; Emotional Competency

 

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Teacher #06

Lecturer 6:

Yu-Tai Lo

 

Current position:

  • Attending physician at the Department of Geriatric Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital

 

Specialized fields:

Palliative and Hospice Care; Geriatric Medicine; Family Medicine; Long-term Care

 

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Teacher #07

Lecturer 7:

Wei-Sue Lai

 

Current Position:

  • Assistant Professor at the Department of Nursing, National Cheng Kung University

 

Specialized fields:

Hospice Care; Grief Counselling; Adult Care; Comfort Care

 

 

 

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