Online Education | Geriatric Healthcare 2016 | Selected Topics

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This series of ten lectures, jointly provided by the Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC) and de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, provides practical geriatric health promotion information for healthcare and social service professionals. The goal is to assist members of the healthcare team in developing and enhancing interventions to prevent disease and postpone further disability. Lectures cover an array of topics and were recorded during live telecasts from the University of Washington Health Sciences Center to clinical settings in the Pacific Northwest.

These lectures were recorded January through March 2016 at the University of Washington.

Publish Date: September 1, 2016; Enrollment will close September 1, 2019.

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Target audience

This series is designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, long term care workers, residential care coordinators, caregivers and other interested professionals. 

Objectives for learning outcomes

After taking this activity set, you will be better able to:

  1. Describe the optimal vitamin supplementation regimens in treating vitamin deficiences.
  2. Identify at least three modifiable risk factors for falls that you can assess for your patients.
  3. Desribe practice, programmatic and policy interventions for working with homeless elders.
  4. List the most common factors, medications and medication classes associated with falls.
  5. Identify at least three Integrative Health Care (IHC) modalities of significant benefit to older adult health and wellness.
  6. Describe health risks associated with physical inactivity and strategies for change.
  7. Discuss the epidemiology of insomnia and appropriate treatment.
  8. Identify the factors that increase the risk of medication non-adherence.
  9. Identify delirium in older adults and non-pharmacologic interventions to prevent it.
  10. Discuss the influence of aging on type 2 diabetes and effective treatment goals.


  • Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, BCNSP
    Interim Chair, Department of Pharmacy, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Jane Cornman, PhD, RN
    Senior Lecturer, Nursing Program, University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Nancy Hooyman, MSW, PhD
    Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Zachary Marcum, PharmD, PhD
    Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Peggy Odegard, PharmD
    Professor and Chair, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Thuan Ong, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS
    Associate Professor, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Michael V. Vitiello, PhD
    Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle

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Software Requirements

  • Desktop Computers need AdobeConnect (If you don't have this program, you will be prompted to download it.)
  • iPhones and iPads need the Photon Browser App in order to play the Flash videos in this course. Use Photon as your browser, not Safari. 


How to earn contact hour credit

Each module is 1.5 contact hours and includes a lecture video, self-assessment post-test, and evaluation. To earn contact hours (1.5 per module), watch the lecture, complete the post-test, and submit the online evaluation. You may take the post-test as many times as needed to achieve the required score of 80%.

You may print a certificate at any time for the modules you have completed.

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Course format 
Time & place
Start and expiration dates 
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - Sunday, August 30, 2020
Price: $45.00
Available credit
  • 15.00 Contact hours
  • 6.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level