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Aging Core Competencies/Skills

Upon completion of the certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the skills necessary to practice as a competent “upskilled” health care provider when caring for older adults.
  2. Utilize the principles of evidence-based practice when providing service to older adults.
  3. Develop effective, collaborative exchanges and interprofessional team building within the health care community for the purpose of promoting wellness and managing the care of older adults.
  4. Articulate how cultural beliefs, values, and ethical constraints for both the older adult and health care provider impact the health and health care of older adults.
  5. Critically evaluate and utilize the most up-to-date educational and scientific technologies.
  6. Demonstrate use of knowledge of the aging process to become an advocate for the delivery of quality health and supportive care for the aging population.
  7. Be able to practice in diverse health care settings serving older adults, including those located in medically and economically underserved areas.

Competencies for Each Aging Core Course

Course: Approaches to the Older Adult

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe how demographic trends and increased longevity influence health care delivery in the older population.
  2. Discuss the relationship between demographics and health promotion/disease prevention among a diverse population of older adults.
  3. Assess how attitudes, beliefs, myths and stereotypes of aging impact the health and wellness of the older population.
  4. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and effective communication with older adults, their families, and caregivers.
  5. Discuss factors that influence health care literacy and how they impact communication in multicultural populations.
  6. Describe the basic principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics for older adults.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the issues relation to prescription drug use, polypharmary, over-the-counter use, and complementary therapies in older adults.


Course: Managing Disease in Older Adults

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and assess common geriatric syndromes and appropriate intervention strategies in the older population.
  2. Apply primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies when care for a diverse aging population.
  3. Discuss the role of chronic disease self-management in the older adult population.
  4. Integrate culturally appropriate evidence-based intervention strategies across the continuum of care for older adults.
  5. Create individualized health care plans for older adults that include their needs, preferences, and cultural values.
  6. Apply current aging-related research into practice.
  7. Identify home and community-based resources designed to support older adults, their families and caregivers to optimize function and maintain quality of life.
  8. Assess the physical, psychological, cognitive, functional, social, and environmental status of older individuals utilizing standardized assessment tools and approaches.
  9. Relate normal and abnormal age-related changes to the physical, psychological, social, and functional status of older adults.
  10. Demonstrate the skills to help empower older adults to assume control over their health and health care to facilitate successful aging.

Course: Social and Health Care Policy for the Older Adult

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain how demographics, cost, quality, and access impact the development and implementation of social and health care policy.
  2. Determine how changes in social and health care policy for the older adults influence health care delivery systems and provider practice patterns.
  3. Describe how values, beliefs, equity, and equality influence development of health and social program serving older adults.
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with various types of income maintenance and entitlement programs available for older adults.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the network of services available for older Americans as defined by the Older Americans Act and Social Services Block Grant.
  6. Explain the impact of race, culture, and economic status on health disparities.
  7. Discuss current Medicare and Medicaid legislation and describe its impact on the future directions of health care for the older adult.
  8. Critically examine the challenges that impact long term living and end of life care.



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