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Sleep Disorders Part III: Elderly/Geriatrics

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Duration: 4 hours

Course Summary

The current research and developments in sleep medicine highlight a need for nurses to be educated and updated on the importance of screening for sleep disorders in the older adult and elderly individual – to support early intervention and to avoid poor health outcomes. The purpose of this course is to provide nurses and health team associates knowledge about sleep disorders, health outcomes and treatments in the older adult and elderly.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Normal Sleep Patterns
    1. NREM
    2. REM
  3. Common Sleep Disorders
    1. Breathing Disorders
    2. Insomnia
    3. Circadian Rhythm Disorders
    4. Limb Disorders
      1. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
      2. Restless Legs Syndrome
    5. Hypersomnias
      1. Primary Hypersomnia
      2. Narcolepsy
    6. Nighttime Sleep Behaviors
    7. Sleepwalking
    8. Bruxism
    9. REM Behavior Disorder
  4. Sleep Disorders Secondary To Illness/Injury
    1. Age-Specific Contributors
    2. Congestive Disorders
  5. Chronic Disease And Sleep Disorders
    1. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    2. Heart Failure
    3. Depression
    4. Neurological Conditions
      1. Stroke
      2. Parkinson's Disease
    5. Reduced Activity
    6. Pain
    7. Nighttime urination
    8. Menopause
  6. Treatments
    1. Behavior Modification
    2. CPAP and BiPAP
    3. Medication
      1. Stimulant Drugs
      2. Antihistamine, Non-benzodiazepine and Benzodiazepine Drugs
      3. Surgical Treatment
  7. Summary


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