The Older Adult with Visual, Hearing, and Cognitive Impairment

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With the youngest of the U.S. baby boomers hitting 65 by 2029, the number of people with visual impairment or blindness is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, hearing impairments among those 75 years and older will be over 50% and the number of persons with dementia will triple to a projected 13.8 million. Participate in this module to learn about common visual and hearing impairments and cognitive decline among older adults. This module will enable you to identify appropriate assessment and management strategies to address the needs of older adults with special visual, hearing and cognitive needs.

Author Information

Ashish Ansal, MD
Clinical Physician
College of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
Co-Investigator, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Robert Rada, DDS, MBA
Clinical Professor
Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
College of Dentistry
University of Illinois at Chicago
Private Practice, LaGrange, Illinois

Author Bios:
Dr. Ashish Ansal, MD is a family physician with the UIC, Miles Square Healthcare System, a primary care clinic focused on treating the underserved patient population. At Miles Square, Dr. Ansal serves as the Medical Director and clinical physician. Through his leadership role at Mile Square, Dr. Ansal works to improve high quality access to healthcare for patients in the Englewood community. He also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the UIC family medicine program and helps train future physicians. Dr. Ansal completed his medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine, he completed his residency from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Robert Rada, DDS, MBA received his DDS in 1985, from the University of Illinois – Chicago. He then completed a general practice residency at Loyola University. He currently is a clinical professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and teaches in the undergraduate group practice clinics. He has been course director for the geriatric dentistry lecture series and a content expert for the geriatrics small group learning module. Dr. Rada maintains a private practice in LaGrange, Illinois focusing on care for patients of all ages with special needs and hospital dentistry.

Valerie Gruss PhD, APN, CNP-BC
Associate Professor
College of Nursing
Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Memoona Hasnain MD, MHPE, PhD
Professor and Associate Department Head, Faculty Development & Research
College of Medicine,
Department of Family Medicine
Co-Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Module Information

Duration: 30 minutes
Format: Video Stream & pdfs

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ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses
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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to:

Describe the most common causes of vision impairments that affect older adults
List the most common causes of hearing impairments that affect older adults
Explain the most common causes of cognitive impairment in older adults
Identify appropriate assessment and intervention strategies to address the needs of older adults with vision, hearing, and cognitive impairment

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