The Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative has developed Geropsychiatric Nursing Competency Enhancements and 27 associated Key Concepts (see POGOe Product 20660) to draw attention to the special mental health issues of older adults and assist faculty to address them. The key concepts are organized into four domains: assessment, management, approach to older adults, and role. This product provides an index of resources addressing Key Concept I.A. -- Assessment: Normal Aging: Biopsychosocial Theories.
The biopsychosocial model provides an integrated approach to understanding the normal aging process. It assumes that there is interplay between biological, psychological and social factors that influence late life development, health, function and quality of life. Nurses caring for older adults must be aware of these aspects as they act to facilitate healthy aging.
- Models of aging
- Physiology of aging process
- Functional status
- Tools for assessing older adults
Increased understanding of the normal aging process.
Each of the 27 products based on the Key Concepts provides access to curriculum/teaching materials to assist faculty to infuse the geropsychiatric nursing competency enhancements into course objectives, teaching strategies, didactic content, and/or clinical experiences of relevant educational programs. These include entry level and advanced practice nursing programs in psychiatric-mental health, adult/gerontological, family, women’s health or acute care, or stand-alone geropsychiatric nursing or continuing education courses. The resources may be adapted for use with a range of learners, as indicated in each description. Each resource has been identified as appropriate to teaching the Key Concept and is described in detail.