Gerontological Education Toolkit
Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors
Caring for the Older Adult Living in the Community
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of this teaching strategy.
Overview of Teaching Strategy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the number of U.S. adults aged 65 years old or older will more than
double to reach about 71 million by 2030. Many of these older adults will
continue to live and enjoy life in their communities. Health promotion for
older adults living in the community is directed at interventions and services
to prolong independence and functional status. This teaching strategy can be
used to enhance the learning of students in beginning prelicensure nursing
courses. Students will examine older adults’ functional, physical,
emotional, and mental health needs using the ACES framework. In addition,
students will use therapeutic communication skills to assess older
adults’ wishes, expectations, cultural traditions, strengths, community
resources, and family/caregiver involvement.
- Interact intentionally with older adults living
independently in the community.
- Assess and recognize the functional physical,
emotional, and mental needs of older adults living in the community.
- Communicate effectively with clients and family.
- Describe the role of the nurse when providing care to
older adults in the community.
- Discuss previously held beliefs/assumptions about how
older adults live independently in the community.
- Assess older adults’ risks and understand the
importance of weighing risks and benefits when caring for older adults.
ACES Essential Nursing Actions
- Assess Function and
- Coordinate and Manage Care
- Make Situational Decisions
ACES Essential Knowledge Domains
- Individualized Aging
- Complexity of Care
NLN Education Competencies
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- Nursing Judgment
- Human Flourishing
- Professional Identity
- Spirit of Inquiry
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