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Sleep Disorders Part 3: Elderly/Geriatrics

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Course Created: 2015

Practice Level: Advanced

No book to buy Duration: 4 hours
3.4 out of 4.0, Based on: 17 reviews

Course Summary

Although sleep disorders can affect anyone at any age, older adults and elderly patients suffer from chronic sleep deprivation at higher rates than any other age. There are many factors that can affect an older adult’s quality of sleep, but the primary cause is that it becomes more difficult to maintain sleep as a person ages. Understanding the function of the body’s internal clock is key to recognizing sleep disorders in older patients and offering effective treatment strategies.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Normal Sleep Patterns
  • Common Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders Secondary To Illness/Injury
  • Chronic Disease And Sleep Disorders
  • Treatments
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Identify recommended sleep length for elderly patients.
  • Describe the relationship between age and circadian rhythms.
  • Explain how cognitive disorders may impact sleep in elderly patients.
  • Identify how medications may impact sleep quality and quantity.


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