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The Older Woman

2.1 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the demographic trends related to the older woman and to examine key challenges faced by aging women, including economic concerns, care giving, housing and living arrangements, and special health and lifestyle concerns.
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America is growing older and most older Americans are women. Today's older woman is part of a diverse group that varies in income, education level, health, functional abilities, living arrangements, and access to support services. Because women live longer than men, they face unique economic, social, and health challenges. This course provides an overview of demographic trends related to the older woman and examines key challenges faced by aging women.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the demographic trends specific to the older woman.
  • Describe the unique characteristics of centenarians.
  • Examine the specific economic concerns of older women.
  • Explain the specific health care issues of older women.
  • Identify the challenges women face as caregivers.
  • Identify social concerns of older women.
  • Describe the special health considerations of older women regarding heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
  • Describe the special health considerations of older women regarding osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, and urinary incontinence.
  • Examine the special health considerations of older women regarding depression, skin conditions, HIV/AIDS, and emerging infections.

As a group, older women in the United States today are probably more diverse than any other age group, even though stereotypes may portray them as a single, unchanging population.

The terms elderly woman, senior woman, and older woman encompass individuals whose ages vary by more than 40 years. These terms do not begin to reflect the diversity of women, who vary dramatically in their income, educational level, health, functional abilities, living arrangements, ability to access support services, and world views.

Life expectancy has increased consistently with ongoing research, new medications, ever-advancing technology, and the implementation of medical actions to prevent disease. During World War II and the postwar years (1940 to 1960), the population of older adults steadily increased. However, it was not until the early 1960s that healthcare providers really began to focus on the specific needs of the aging adult. In 1966, for example, the American Nurses Association first established the Division of Geriatric Nursing Practice and officially defined geriatric nursing for its constituents. In 1968, Laurie Gunter became the first nurse to present a paper at the International Congress of Gerontology in Washington, D.C. By 1970, the first Standards of Geriatric Nursing Practice was published (Meiner, 2014).

Because women live longer than men, economic security, healthcare issues, and social challenges of this aging population often become unique concerns of this aging population. Providing appropriate, sensitive, and effective care to this growing and varied group of individuals requires a solid understanding of the tremendous range of diversity represented by older women. Knowledge is also required about the specific caregiving and living arrangement issues faced by this group.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

March 18, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.