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Gerontological Nursing 2 credit undergraduate course Page 4 of 20

      • iv.

        Multiple system changes triggering effect

      • v.

        Heterogeneity

        • 1.

          The older we get, the more different we are

    • b.

      Implications

      • i.

        Decreased reserve capacity due to passage of time (genetic & lifestyle/environmental influences)

      • ii.

        Increased exposure to disease-causing factors

      • iii.

        Decreased ability of body to maintain normal ranges

      • iv.

        = increased susceptibility and increased incidence of disease

      • v.

        Aging DOES NOT automatically include disease

  • 7.

    What is healthy aging? (tie back to index card activity)

    • a.

      Expectations, desired lifestyle, interpretations/accommodation to normal age-related changes and chronic disease states

  • 8.

    Nurse‟s role

    • a.

      As advocate ask the questions – inquire about client‟s baseline

    • b.

      Holistic approach: socio-cultural, environmental, economic, physiologic

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