HEALTHIER AGING: Reaching and teaching older adults

February 2006 
Volume 36  Number 2
Pages 17 - 17
  PDF Version Available!



ALTHOUGH ADVANCING AGE doesn't normally impair intelligence, common age-related changes can influence an older adult's ability to learn. In this article, I'll discuss how social, cognitive, and functional changes affect the learning process for an older adult and suggest ways to overcome age-related barriers to learning.

Getting ready to teach

Motivation and readiness to learn set the stage for teaching patients of all ages. Explain to your patient why the information you're teaching is important to her and how she'll benefit from the new knowledge or skill. Then use familiar, reliable sources to give her information. For instance, you might give her brochures from the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

An older adult learns from experience and likes to relate new tasks to familiar activities. So draw on her experiences or interests when you plan your teaching. Because each ...

Purchase Now !

To purchase this item, follow the instructions below. If you’re not already logged in, be sure to enter your login information below to ensure that your item is saved to your File Drawer after you purchase it.

Not a member? Join now for Free!

1) If you're not already logged in, enter your information below to save this item in your File Drawer for future viewing.

User name:


Forgot your user name or password?
2)  If you have a coupon or promotional code, enter it
here.(If not, just click Continue.

Digital Coupon: (optional)

3)  Click Continue to go to the next screen, where
you'll enter your payment details.

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles

Blunt Chest Trauma
Journal of Trauma Nursing, November/December 2014
Expires: 12/31/2016 CE:2 $21.95

The School Age Child with Congenital Heart Disease
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2.5 $24.95

Understanding multiple myeloma
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2 $21.95

More CE Articles

Subscribe to Recommended CE

Recommended Nursing Articles

Comprehensive Care: Looking Beyond the Presenting Problem
Journal of Christian Nursing, January/March 2015
Free access will expire on March 2, 2015.

Pain and Alzheimer dementia: A largely unrecognized problem
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.

Glycemic control in hospitalized patients
Nursing2015 Critical Care, January 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.

More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events