The Influence of Lifestyle Choices on Health in the Older Patient:
How Your Patients' Lives Affect Their Health and Longevity
4.6 Contact Hours
To successfully complete this course and receive your certificate, you must read the content online or in the downloadable PDF, pass the post test with a 70% or better, and complete the evaluation form by September 30, 2021.
You will only be asked to pay for the course if you decide to grade the post examination to earn a certificate with contact hours.
Corexcel is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).
This activity was developed by Corexcel without support from any commercial interest.
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After completing this course participants should be able to:
- Explain the roles of genetic versus behavioral and environmental factors on longevity and overall health.
- Specify those health habits most important to long life and how they contribute to physical and mental well being in the elderly.
- Describe how mental health and attitudes affect physical well being.
- Discuss how social relationships and spirituality can help or hinder good physical and mental health.
- State how life experiences can impact health and longevity.
- Demonstrate how to promote healthy habits in patients by giving them information about longevity and good health.
- Determine how to address elders' health problems through improvements in non-medical aspects of their lives.
- State how to combine physical, mental, social, and spiritual behavioral interventions to meet overall health goals.
- Explain how to coordinate an individual patient's care with the local elder services network.
Patients bring their health concerns to your office or facility, but they also bring with them their environment, their spiritual or religious beliefs, their family and social relationships, their work stresses, their genetic make-up, and much more. Each one of these elements affects a patient's health, and they should influence your approach to providing the best possible care.
Considering a patient's health in relationship to other aspects of life is always important, but it may be even more important for the older adult. Poor personal choices in habits, diet, and stress management can eventually result in strokes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. A network of caring and compassionate friends and relatives, as well as a strong belief system and a positive outlook on life can help an elder through catastrophic illness and loss.
In this course we will discuss the physical, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental aspects of your patients' lives and the roles these aspects play in healthy aging. We will learn how these individual strands weave together to provide your patient with either a strong foundation of overall well-being, or the possibility of diminished health. Finally, we will explore how we can merge all of the facets of a patient's life together, enabling us to work with that patient as a whole human being who is striving for improved health and longevity.