ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

TX: Geriatric Care

Beginning on January 1, 2014, the Texas Board of Nursing is requiring that any LVN, RN, or APRN whose practice includes older adult or geriatric populations shall complete at least a two-hour course on older adult or geriatric care in every licensure cycle [Board Rule 216.3(h)]. The content must include information on: elder abuse; age-related memory changes; age-related disease processes, including chronic conditions; and end of life issues. This course meets that requirement.

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.

Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Susan Schmid earned BA degrees in History and European Studies from George Mason University, a Master's degree in Public History from Appalachian State University, and a PhD in History from Arizona State University.

In addition to her PhD she earned a Certificate in Scholarly Publishing from ASU. Susan has served as an editor for several scholarly presses. She worked as a desktop publishing specialist for Arizona State University and taught several courses for the History Department as well as "Introduction to Scholarly Publishing" and "Scholarly Editing" for the Scholarly Publishing Program.


  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 0
  • Expiration date: April 1, 2020
  • Course price: $19

Course Summary

Our aging population is increasing in size as elders face age-related diseases and chronic conditions as well as memory changes and challenges. With some facing increasing dependence, older adults may become vulnerable to elder abuse, which Texas mandates reporting by healthcare professionals. Finally, end of life can be eased by palliative care and/or hospice.

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

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:

  • Summarize the demographics of the older adult population in the United States.
  • Review age-related effects on all body systems.
  • Differentiate among types of age-related memory changes, identifying their basic symptoms and challenges.
  • Define elder abuse and explain Texas requirements for reporting abuse.
  • Identify important end-of-life issues for elders and caregivers.

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