GERONTOLOGY

GERONTOLOGY

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Code
66501
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
1 credits during the 2nd year of 9288 DIETETIC STUDIES (L/SNT3) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
MED/09
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (DIETETIC STUDIES)
semester
2° Semester
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course aims to prepare the student for the professional skills to properly manage the geriatric patient. Training will be theoretical and practical and will also include human and communicative skills that will enable the student to carry out the profession. The knowledge is related to the changes observed with aging of the geriatric subject, to the role of nutrition in aging and related diseases.

 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The target is to understand medical terminology and disease classification, knowing how to differentiate etiology from risk factors and know how the patients are being examined. Possessing in-depth knowledge on dietotherapy of geriatric and metabolic diseases and the knowledge how to detect, prevent and correct nutritional deficiencies in the elderly.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Epidemiology of aging (especially Italy and Liguria)
Aging of organs of geriatric patient
Communication with the geriatric patient
The fragility and clinical consequences of it (multidimensional evaluation, assessment scales, geriatric evaluation unit)
Nutrition in chronic and geriatric diseases (including the major geriatric syndromes)
Special clinical geriatric cases: obesity-sarcopenia, dysphagia, anorexia, malnutrition / under-nutrition
Role of some nutrition components in the elder.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons and training course in geriatric wards with acute patients and hospitalized subjects in intermediate care

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The student has to know the aging processes of the old person, especially the organs related to nutrition; the characteristics of the fragility, and the consequences of its presence; the student should have an in-depth knowledge of the changes in the old and the old-old nutrition, how to approach them, how to communicate and how to make realistic and effective changes; the student has to be able to evaluate the old persons through multidimensional evaluation and  how to address them in the services network;  the preventive and curative role of nutrition in chronic-degenerative diseases typical of the elderly has to be well known and the nutritional needs of the old and the very old patient should be planned; the student  will address the problem of anorexia, obesity, sarcopenia and dysphagia, malnutrition/undernutrition in the old and the dementia; he has to learn also the correct choices in the course of major geriatric syndromes.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

http://www.msdmanuals.com/professional/geriatrics  (The Manual Merck of Geriatrics)

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

SAMIR SUKKAR

ALESSIO NENCIONI

FABRIZIO MONTECUCCO

RENZO CORDERA

MASSIMO GIUSTI

SILVIA RAVERA

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons and training course in geriatric wards with acute patients and hospitalized subjects in intermediate care

EXAMS

Exam description

oral and written examination (mutiple choice)

Assessment methods

Certificate of attendance and examinations