ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Elders and Their Care for OTs

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JoAnn O'Toole, RN, BSN

JoAnn O’Toole, RN, BSN,is a registered nurse, writer, and researcher. While in college at San Jose State University and later at the University of Mexico in Mexico City, she carried a double major in Spanish and journalism and a minor in Latin.

She currently works in the Emergency Department at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, California, a certified stroke center and a sepsis center.

Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Lauren Robertson earned a BA in Biology from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California at San Francisco.

Lauren is the founder and co-owner of ATrain Education ( and she has written or co-written more than two hundred courses on a wide range of topics for her continuing education website. She is certified as a trainer on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

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  • Expiration date: October 1, 2019
  • Course price: $55

Course Summary

An overview of the effects of aging and appropriate responses to the issues arising from advancing age.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors; Category 2—Occupational Therapy Process, Outcomes

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Tell how demographics reflect disparities in healthcare of the aging.
  • Enumerate four models of care for older adults.
  • Summarize age-related changes in older adults by body system.
  • Describe the medication challenges in elders of polypharmacy and drug misuse.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess both physical and emotional status of an elder person.
  • Discuss the risk for falls in terms of etiology and prevention.
  • Compare and contrast the types of dementia that may be seen in some elders.
  • State what to do if you see signs of suspected abuse of an older adult.
  • Describe the various types of advance directives and their purposes.
  • Distinguish between palliative care and hospice.

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