RCM705 - Healthy Adult Aging

Outline info
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Subject Title
Healthy Adult Aging

Subject Description
This subject examines the normal physiological, psychological, social and spiritual changes affecting aging adults using the Holistic Approach to wellness.  Normal physiological and anatomical changes, as well as the dysfunctional effects of common health problems will be examined.  Students will learn common medical terminology and charting techniques related to aging clients.

Credit Status
One full credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between normal physiological and anatomical changes of aging and pathological processes.
  2. Predict the normal physiological changes in body systems and the associated effects on functional abilities.
  3. Describe the role of adaptive technologies and accommodative measures as effective mechanisms for adjusting to, and overcoming the impact of, physiological changes.
  4. Describe the process of normal psychological and social aging and factors, including cultural and religious, that affect adjustment.
  5. Explain the psychological and social needs and associated common problems experienced by aging adults and their families including preventative health promotion approaches.
  6. Explain the dysfunctional effects of common health problems such as cognitive impairment (dementia) in aging adults including associated treatment, management measures and utilization of activity programs.
  7. Explain age related changes in physical activity requirements of aging adults, influencing factors, as well as effective health promotion and preventative strategies.
  8. Describe the influence of religion and spirituality in the adjustment of aging adults.
  9. Describe common medical terminology and techniques of assessment and charting of critical information.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

RCM 700

Topic Outline
Seniors in Canada.
Canada's income and health systems.
Housing and care options for seniors.
Physiological aspects of aging.
Assistive devices.
Chronic illnesses of seniors.
Cognitive illness and dementia.
Nutrition and  medication.
Fitness, therapeutic recreation and pets.
Lifelong learning.
Vocational fulfillment.
Sexuality and seniors.
Life planning, wills, powers of attorney, funerals.
Spirituality, grief, mental wellness.
Providing outstanding service to seniors.

Mode of Instruction
This subject is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks from the due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:  http:/senecacollege.ca/library

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency
The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

12 Weekly Assignments @ 5% each 60%
Mid Term Project 20%
Final Project 20%

* Final Exam: The final exam for online courses must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered. All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Academic Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso