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Sensory Problems in the Elderly

Sensory Problems in the Elderly

University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Authors:  
Brenda Keller, DO
Sponsor: 
National Institute on Aging
POGOe Id: 
18986
Posted: 
01/17/2008
Updated: 
11/13/2009
4.333335
6 votes
Abstract: 

Upon completion the learner will be able to describe the epidemiology, physiology and screening from sensory loss in the elderly. They will be able to describe sensory loss diseases and functional impact. They will be able to describe treatment to improve sensory function and abilities. This one hour CEU accredited unit is divided into 3 modules of 15-20 minutes each. It's design allows delivery as either a lecture or voiced for a distance web-based module or self-directed learning. Each module ends with case-based questions and answers. CME credit is available for this product. For more information, please contact the author.

Educational objectives: 

Upon completion the learner will be able to describe the epidemiology, physiology and screening from sensory loss in the elderly. They will be able to describe sensory loss diseases and functional impact. They will be able to describe treatment to improve sensory function and abilities. Module One Upon completion the learner will be able to: -Recognize physiologic changes in the sensory system. -Describe the epidemiology of sensory loss. -Demonstrate how to screen for sensory loss Module Two Upon completion the learner will be able to: -List common diseases causing sensory loss in the elderly -Recognize the functional impact of disease of the special senses Module Three Upon completion the learner will be able to: -Review treatment options for common vision and hearing disorders -Understand techniques to improve function for older people with low vision and hearing loss.

Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

A) Implementation: 1) For lecture presentation: There are no special implementation requirements other than familiarity with the technology to use PowerPoint. Presenters should be comfortable enough with content to facilitate a robust discussion. 2) For use in distance learning: The material was originally adapted to Blackboard learning systems, however using the Power Point system as we have, it can be adapted to many distance based learning system. We recommend for optimal learning that the presentation have speaker voicing ( audio) to explain the slides and the learner also have the ability to read the lecture notes. B) Benefits and practical tips: 1) For lecture and self learning: The 15-20 minute modular format is concise and partialized, allowing presenters to select the most relevant information for their audience. 2) For use in distance learning: Our feedback is that the 15-20 minute segments are popular, the learners cite that it less intimidating to do, the questions at the end create a break and closure and the 1 hour credit for completion of the three module unit is attained "painlessly".

Main Topics: 
Contact person/corresponding author: 
Brenda Keller: bkkeller@UNMC.edu
Suggested Citation:
Brenda Keller. Sensory Problems in the Elderly. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2008 Available from: http://www.pogoe.org/productid/18986

Comments

Submitted by chowe on

These three interrelated modules give a solid overview of sensory impairment in older adults. The author does a good job of differentiating changes in hearing and vision which are part of normal aging from those which are due to diseases associated with aging (e.g. macular degeneration). The impact of diseases on the special senses is well documented but the larger effect on the functional status for the indidividual  is not always clearly outlined.

Module one is especially useful for teaching  a portion of competency 9--the evaluation of hearing and vision. The organization of slides, however,  is presently a little confusing--swithching too frequently between hearing and vision. With a slight rearrangement of slide order, this product would  rate five stars.

Submitted by K_Callahan on

Nicely detailed discussion of hearing and vision loss in the elderly. Probably best for highly motivated learners who wish to better understand the subtleties of difference in types of hearing and vision loss at a pathophysiological level.

Submitted by maryjp on

I found the slides related to age-related changes in vision and hearing excellent in my lecture preparation. I found the module 1 to have just the right amount of information and images for my purpose of enlightening ObGyn Residents about the topic--just the right amount of information. I like the concept of post-session cases as used, but these were more thorough than the overview that we needed.

Submitted by jcalbayan on

The modules are very suitable for my lecture presentation on sensory problems in geriatrics and management to medical and paramedic staff of our newly established national center for geriatric health. It is simple, well outlined, and easily understood.