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The Theory of Ageing: Physical, Mental and Psychosocial Changes

The delivery of care by all staff working in the aged care sector should be based on knowledge of the ageing body and how it affects the person receiving care, particularly as age-related changes underpin the diseases that affect this population group.  

This tutorial provides an overview of the physical and psychosocial changes that may be expected in older people. It is aimed at all nurses caring for older people, who need to understand what changes are appropriate as people age and what are abnormal, and the differences in the way people react to these.

$20 
2 CPD hours
 

Tutorial Number: 1374
Category: Aged Care
Nursing and Midwifery CPD Hours
HSE 2 CPD hours
RCNA 2 CNA points
Overview
The delivery of care by all staff working in the aged care sector should be based on knowledge of the ageing body and how it affects the person receiving care, particularly as age-related changes underpin the diseases that affect this population group.

This tutorial provides an overview of the physical and psychosocial changes that may be expected in older people. It is aimed at all nurses caring for older people, who need to understand what changes are appropriate as people age and what are abnormal, and the differences in the way people react to these.
About the Authors

Sally Garratt Sally Garratt Dip. App.Sc. Nse Educ.(LaTrobe), B.Ed.(TSIT), Msc.N.(Colorado) D.N. (Honaris Causa, Latrobe) R.N. W.K. Kellogg Fellow, F.R.C.N.A.(DLF).

Sally Garratt has been involved in aged care for over 40 years. She has been a teacher, practitioner and researcher, and has worked in education at hospital and university level. Sally has also been a Director of Nursing and Quality Coordinator for four nursing homes and has been involved in research in practice, mainly in the area of dementia. With Rhonda Nay she edited three editions of the aged care series Older People: Issues and Innovations, which was named book of the year by the Australian Association of Gerontology in 2004 and 2009. Sally is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at La Trobe University's Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care.

Louise Roberts BA (Law)

Louise is a professional health care writer and editor. Her experience includes being the chief sub-editor of the Nursing Standard, production editor of the Nursing Times, editing and writing for the World Wide Wounds website and various European Wound Management Association publications.

Learning Objectives
  1. Be able to discuss the biological theories of ageing.
  2. Be able to identify the main age-associated changes in the human body.
  3. Be aware of the psychosocial theories of ageing and how they might apply to older people.
  4. Be able to analyse how an older person is dealing with ageing.

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