The Impact of Aging, Hearing Loss and Cognitive Burden on Health Literacy on Older Adults
Growing evidence demonstrates an association between hearing loss and the development of declining cognitive function, health literacy, psychosocial well-being and overall quality of life in older adults. This activity will discuss the association between hearing loss and cognitive burden, as well as the potential impact of untreated hearing loss. It will provide communication and management techniques for caregivers to accommodate changes in the cognitive status of those with hearing loss, as well as tools and strategies that are recommended by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and how these can be put into practice.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and Healthcare Transformation UnitedHealth Group Alliances.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, nursing home administrators, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals (HCPs) who care for the older adult population.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Explore the association between hearing loss and cognitive burden.
- Explain how the different stages of hearing loss impact cognitive function and health literacy.
- Identify the potential impact of untreated hearing loss on indirect health, psychosocial well-being and overall quality of life.
- Describe communication and management techniques for caregivers to accommodate changes in the cognitive status of those with hearing loss.
- Discuss tools and strategies recommended by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and how these can be put into practice.
Lisa Rickard, AuD, CCC-A
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
About the presenter
Dr. Lisa Rickard is a licensed audiologist and clinical educator with over 30 years of experience. She earned her Doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida. She specializes in the evaluation of hearing loss in adults and rehabilitation via the use of hearing aids, wireless accessories and hearing assistive technology. She is especially interested in helping her patients and their communication partners manage the impact of hearing loss on relationships, cognition, health outcomes and quality of life in general.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
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Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Healthcare Transformation UnitedHealth Group Alliances. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Nursing home administrators
This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 1.00 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—approval 20220921-1-A77188-DL.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-20-155-H04-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
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Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
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A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
- 1.00 NAB - Nursing Home Administers
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