Skilled Nursing Facilities Series: Geriatric Syndromes

Activity description

Geriatric syndromes are multifactorial conditions that are common in older adults. These syndromes can be present in residents of nursing homes that provide long-term care. However, geriatric syndromes are often not well understood, though the term is commonly used in daily practice in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. An awareness of these common syndromes can help staff better understand the care needs of residents and improve quality of care and outcomes. This activity will identify the basic elements of several of the most common syndromes, offer insight into how geriatric syndromes can impact a resident’s daily life and provide a better appreciation of how an individual’s organ systems are interconnected to help mitigate risk and enable development of a better care plan for optimal outcomes.

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This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Senior Community Care – Optum Home and Community.

Commercial support
No commercial support was received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, social workers and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in learning about geriatric syndromes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Clearly define the term “geriatric syndrome”.
  • Identify the basic elements of several of the most common syndromes.
  • Facilitate development of a better care plan for these syndromes by, for instance, understanding how multiple organ systems can impact the risk for falls.
  • Educate families about what a geriatric syndrome is and how it may be impacting a resident’s daily life.
  • Explain the potential effects of polypharmacy and how medications can have cumulative side effects and interactions. 
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 ANCC - Nurses
  • 0.50 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 0.50 ASWB - Social Workers
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Activity expires: 

Thomas Pingree, MD CMD
Senior Medical Director - Upstate NY, Maine-New Hampshire
Optum Home & Community

Maria Teresita Alpano, APC, BC, ACHPN
Home & Community Learning
Clinical Educator, Senior Community Care
Optum Home & Community     

Activity planners
Rebecca Gleason
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Senior Community Care – Optum Home and Community. Optum Health 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
The participant will be awarded up to .50 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Social workers
ACE ABSW LogoAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive .50 continuing education credits.

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.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 ANCC - Nurses
  • 0.50 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 0.50 ASWB - Social Workers
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