Reflect on atypical presentations of disorders in geriatric patients in your practicum setting. Many disorders manifest themselves in a way that would be considered an atypical presentationmost likely different from the way a textbook would describe the disorders possible presentations.

Reflect on atypical presentations of disorders in geriatric patients in your practicum setting. Many disorders manifest themselves in a way that would be considered an atypical presentationmost likely different from the way a textbook would describe the disorders possible presentations.

Consider geriatric patients that you have observed with atypical presentations of disorders. Describe a patient case including how the patient was diagnosed and strategies that were used to overcome the atypical presentation. If you did not have an opportunity to evaluate a patient with this background during the last 5 weeks you can select a related case study or reflect on previous clinical experiences.
Learning Resources
Note: To access this weeks required library resources please click on the link to the Course Readings List found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.
Required Readings
Flaherty E. & Resnick B. (Eds.). (2014). Geriatric nursing review syllabus: A core curriculum in advanced practice geriatric nursing (4th ed.). New York NY: American Geriatrics Society.
Chapter 32 Falls (pp. 234242)
This chapter examines the prevalence and causes of falls in the older adult population. It also presents clinical guidelines for assessing managing treating and preventing falls in older adults.
Holroyd-Leduc J. & Reddy M. (Eds.). (2012). Evidence-based geriatric medicine: A practical clinical guide. Hoboken NJ: Blackwell Publishing.
Chapter 9 A Balancing Act: Preventing and Treating Falls (pp. 105123)
This chapter identifies risk factors associated with falls in older adults. It also examines interventions for treating and preventing falls in order to improve outcomes for older adults.
Dont miss underlying reason for elders fall: Perform a functional assessment. (2010). ED Nursing 13(5) 5859.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
This article examines causes of falls in older adult patients and identifies methods for treating falls in older adults.
Panel on Prevention of Falls in Older Persons American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatrics Society. (2011). Summary of the updated American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society clinical practice guideline for prevention of falls in older persons. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 59(1) 148157.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
This article presents guidelines for preventing falls in older adults. It also identifies recommendations for screening and assessing falls in older adults.
Kanis J. (n.d.). WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool. Retrieved August 4 2014 from http://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/
This website provides the calculation tool for the fracture risk assessment. It also identifies risk factors that increase a patients susceptibility to fractures.


 

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