Older Adults Aging in Place

Older Adults Aging in Place
1. On the Internet, go to http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3287 and download instructions
for filling out your own advance directive. Complete the form for your state and discuss your wishes with someone who is likely to be involved in your health care.
2. Picture a person who you know well or know a great deal about. Make a list of characteristics that describe this
person. How many of these characteristics fit your picture of most senior citizens? What are your biases (ageisms)
about them?
3. If you were Minnie Blackstone’s community health nurse (see From the Case Files I), what interventions would
you consider using to maintain and promote her health? Why?
4. As part of your regular community health nursing workload, you visit a senior day care center one afternoon each
week. You take the blood pressures of several people who are taking antihypertensive medications and do some
nutrition counseling. The center accommodates 60 senior clients, and you would like to serve the health needs
of the aggregate population. List potential health needs of this group. What actions might you consider taking at
an aggregate level? With whom would you consult as you plan programs at the center?
5. Assume that you have been asked by your local health department to determine the needs of the population in
your community. How would you begin conducting a needs assessment? What data might you want to collect?
How would you find out what services are already being offered and whether they are adequate?
6. Visit a continuing care center in your community. Assess the housing options, services, and health care provisions.
Would you live here when you are older? How would you feel about a family member living here? What would
you change if you could?
7. Using the Internet, locate innovative programs for elders in the community at the primary, secondary, and tertiary
levels of care. Determine whether such programs could work in your community.
8. How can you assist older adults with their spiritual health? What are important considerations to keep in mind?
With another student, practice how you would open a conversation about this with an elderly client.
9. In From the Case Files II, how would you address the subject of advance directives? Where could you locate
information specific to your state? Who else should you include in this conversation? Why is it important to have
current advance directives in place?

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