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October 2004, Volume 104, Issue 10;
Do you know that diseases and illnesses present differently in the elderly? Do you know why and do you know how to recognize those differences? This program is part of a series called A New Look at the Old produced in association with the American Journal of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America and Trinity Healthforce Learning. Topics such as changes related to aging, critical indicators of health problems in the elderly, and presentation of illness are all discussed in this presentation. Illnesses commonly affecting the elderly are also examined. Join Elaine J. Amella, PhD, APPN, BC, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor at Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing for this informative presentation.
For you, the thought of a warm bath or shower is probably a treat anticipated to provide comfort and relaxation. How unfortunate that for those with dementia, the bathing experience may be a painful, frightening, and humiliating procedure.
With planning and a process customized to address each person’s unique needs, or a person-centered approach, older adults with dementia can be spared a negative experience. This 30-minute program is based on the April 2006 New Look at the Old AJN article by Joanne Rader MN, RN, et al, titled: The Bathing Of Older Adults with Dementia. The video outlines cutting-edge research and presents best practices in bathing from researchers and practitioners, as well as guidance from the perspective of a state regulatory agency on what actually constitutes compliance with relevant standards of care.
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