Impact of Aging on the Rehabilitation of Older Adults

presented by Kristen L. Mauk

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This course gives students an overview of the normal aging process and how this impacts rehabilitation of patients and families. Specific abnormalities common to advanced age are presented. Participants will learn to distinguish normalities versus abnormalities of aging. A brief review of geriatric syndromes--such as falls, polypharmacy, pressure injury, urinary incontinence, and delirium--is given, as these conditions relate to rehabilitation of the older adult. Psychosocial issues that impact rehabilitation outcomes in older adults are discussed.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN

    Dr. Mauk has been a Professor of Nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a Professor of Nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She earned a BSN from Valparaiso University, an MS in Adult Health from Purdue University, a PhD from Wayne State University, a Post-Master’s GNP certification from University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Valparaiso University. Dr. Mauk has 37 years of experience in chronic illness nursing, rehabilitation, and gerontological nursing and teaches in these specialties at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is certified in rehabilitation, as a gerontological nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. She has authored or edited eight books, including three that were recognized with an AJN Book of the Year Award. She has served on editorial boards for Rehabilitation Nursing and Geriatric Nursing and has written numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Mauk is a frequent presenter at conferences at the regional, national, and international levels. She is the Co-Founder and President of Senior Care Central/International Rehabilitation Consultants, providing educational, clinical, and legal nurse consulting in rehabilitation and senior care in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Mauk is also a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and has served ARN in many roles, most significantly including the Council of Leaders, Editor of the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum, PRN course faculty, the task force to develop the ARN Professional Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Model, and Editor-in-Chief of Rehabilitation Nursing. Some of Dr. Mauk’s recognitions include: Suzanne Smith INANE Mentoring Editors Award (2017), Nominee for the 2016 National Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers, three AJN Book of the Year Awards (2017, 2010, & 1999), CASE/Carnegie Indiana Professor of the Year (2007), VU Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), ARN Educator Role Award (2007), and the ARN Distinguished Service Award (2005). Dr. Mauk has taught nurses and students in China over the past few years. She has a passion for helping other countries to develop rehabilitation nursing into a strong specialty to promote quality care for their aging populations and those with disabilities.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Normal Aging

    1. Normal Aging

    Rehabilitation nurses need to recognize the normal physiological changes that occur with aging in order to detect subtle abnormalities that might be seen in older rehabilitation patients. This chapter covers the normal physical changes with the aging process.

  2. Common Abnormalities of Aging and Impact on Rehabilitation

    2. Common Abnormalities of Aging and Impact on Rehabilitation

    Rehabilitation nurses need to recognize common abnormalities that are often seen in older rehabilitation patients. This chapter briefly reviews common health conditions concomitantly seen in elderly rehabilitation patients and how they may impact the patient’s rehabilitation process.

  3. Dealing with Geriatric Syndromes

    3. Dealing with Geriatric Syndromes

    Geriatric syndromes are those conditions that are not necessarily discrete diseases, but occur frequently in older adults. Issues such as falls, polypharmacy, pressure injuries, urinary incontinence and delirium are reviewed for their impact on the rehabilitation outcomes among older adults.