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Introduction to Gerontology

2.4 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe an overview of the field of gerontology.
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Opportunities are unlimited for the individual who knows the field of gerontology. Demographic changes and changes in health care have influenced the development of a variety of roles in this field. This course will provide a broad overview of the field of gerontology and discuss the characteristics of older adults, the sociology of aging, theories of aging, stereotypes and ageism, physiological and psychological changes of aging, mental health, wellness and aging, and complementary and alternative health care methods that may benefit the older adult.

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

  • Describe major characteristics and demographics of older adults.
  • Discuss changing social views on aging.
  • Define terms such as ageism, myth, stereotype, attitude, prejudice, and discrimination.
  • Describe the major stereotypes that reflect negative prejudice and result in discrimination toward older adults.
  • Describe obstacles to health care for older adults as a result of negative attitudes of health care professionals.
  • Describe strategies to reduce ageism.
  • Identify and discuss theories of aging.
  • Describe the factors related to mental health and aging.
  • Describe the dimensions of wellness in the older adult.
  • Identify risk factors for malnutrition in the older adult.
  • List the benefits of physical activity for the older adult.
  • Identify important screening tests and immunizations for older adults.
  • Examine types of complementary and alternative health care methods that may benefit the older adult.

The aging of our society has brought the field of gerontology to the forefront of health care. Gerontology, the scientific study of the aging process, is a relatively new and dynamic field, and the demand for individuals with expertise in gerontology is increasing dramatically. Gerontology includes the study of physical, mental, and social changes in older adults as they age, the investigation of the changes in society resulting from our aging population, and the application of this knowledge to healthcare policies and programs.

For professionals involved in providing health care for the elderly, this is an exciting time. The satisfaction of addressing the challenges unique to those who are growing older, helping to maintain the quality of their lives, and enjoying the wit, wisdom, and creativity of these individuals cannot be overemphasized. The need for knowledgeable, committed healthcare providers in gerontology has never been greater.

Many individuals of very advanced age are interested in remaining a vital part of the world around them and want to remain active and engaged in life to the greatest extent possible. As people live longer, the concept of what it means to be old is changing.


The United States is undergoing a demographic revolution so profound that it affects every aspect of society. The rapidly expanding numbers of older adults represent a phenomenon without precedent. Those who are now old are the pioneers and trailblazers of a new stage of life; they will set the course for generations to follow.

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.