Clinical Education Coordinator and Instructor PA Education WesternU Pomona, California
The unprecedented situation arising from the COVID-19 outbreak is destined to have a long-term and profound impact on older adults’ health and well-being. Community dwelling frail adults are at exponentially higher risk of mortality and morbidity in this pandemic. This course will involve a multi-disciplinary panel that will review the concepts of frailty, health screening, polypharmacy, nutrition, and health and wellness for at-risk community dwelling older adults. Evidence based strategies to keep older adults safe and functional at home and delay institutionalization will be discussed. Wellness resources for successful aging will be presented and hands-on activities will be used to enhance participant learning. We will also discuss the latest evidence of preventative strategies for frailty prevention during COVID-19 pandemic as well as outcome of COVID-19 in patients at multiple stages of frailty.
Apply evidence-based concepts of frailty (physical, psychological and social dimensions) to community dwelling older adults.
Discuss psychomotor properties of frailty indices and best practices to incorporate frailty testing in geriatric evaluation.
Identify at risk medications and prescribing issues for the older adults
Screen for nutritional needs and health and wellness outcomes using evidence based and clinical practice guidelines
Recognize and ameliorate health disparities for older adults
Role of digital technology in the management of older adults, enablers and barriers for access and success.
Utilize resources to promote wellness in community dwelling older adult
Understand the current COVID-19 impact on frail patients and identify evidence based recommendations related to the screening and interdisciplinary management of frail older adults after the Pandemic.