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Course # 39562 • Dental Considerations for Geriatric Patients

Overview

The general population of the United States is aging, and aging effects changes in the oral mucosa, supporting alveolar bone, and teeth. This course will discuss the oral manifestations of the aging process and their relationship these have on oral and systemic health. Detail will also be provided in the relationship between the oral manifestations and oral complications of common systemic diseases. Oral problems that develop as side effects of medications that are used in the treatment of systemic disease will reinforce the continuity between oral and overall health. Cognitive and physical challenges in maintaining good oral health and access to dental care for those within the geriatric population will conclude the course.

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Education Category: Geriatrics

Release Date: 06/01/2018

Expiration Date: 05/31/2021

Audience

This course is designed for nurses and nursing home/long-term care facility workers involved in the care of geriatric patients.

Accreditations/Approvals

In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. NetCE is approved to offer continuing education through the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program as a provider of continuing education. Provider number 1622. NetCE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NetCE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NetCE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 5 ANCC contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 2 pharmacotherapeutic/pharmacology contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 6 hours for Alabama nurses. This home study course is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators for 5 credit hour(s). This course is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program for 5 hour(s) of continuing education credit - NHAP#1622005-6081/P. California NHAs may only obtain a maximum of 10 hours per course. AACN Synergy CERP Category A. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEU(s) for this program.

Individual State Nursing Approvals

In addition to states that accept ANCC, NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama, Provider #ABNP0353, (valid through November 21, 2017); California, BRN Provider #CEP9784; California, LVN Provider #V10662; California, PT Provider #V10842; District of Columbia, Provider #50-2405; Florida, Provider #50-2405; Georgia, Provider #50-2405; Iowa, Provider #295; Kentucky, Provider #7-0054 through 12/31/2019; South Carolina, Provider #50-2405.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with information regarding oral manifestations of the aging process and their relationship with oral and systemic health to ensure the maintenance of optimum quality of life in older patients.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss how the changing population demographics of the United States will feature a growing geriatric population.
  2. Identify the correlation between oral health and systemic disease.
  3. Describe common cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases in the geriatric population and their effects on oral health.
  4. Outline the implications of common chronic diseases on geriatric oral health.
  5. Discuss the impact of oral and systemic cancers and various treatment modalities on the provision of dental care.
  6. List common physiologic changes that occur during the aging process and their influence upon oral hygiene and oral health.
  7. Cite the issues associated with cognitive impairment and oral health.
  8. Describe how various issues create problems for access to dental care for older Americans.

Faculty

Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, FAGD, received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985. He received fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in 1994.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, FAGD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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