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The Aging Process

The Aging Process


It is anticipated that the initial discussion post should be in the range of 250-300 words. Response posts to peers have no minimum word requirement but must demonstrate topic knowledge and scholarly engagement with peers. Substantive content is imperative for all posts. All discussion prompt elements for the topic must be addressed. Please proofread your response carefully for grammar and spelling. Do not upload any attachments unless specified in the instructions. All posts should be supported by a minimum of one scholarly resource, ideally within the last 5 years. Journals and websites must be cited appropriately. Citations and references must adhere to APA format.


Classroom Participation

Students are expected to address the initial discussion question by Wednesday of each week. Participation in the discussion forum requires a minimum of three (3) substantive postings (this includes your initial post and posting to two peers) on three (3) different days. Substantive means that you add something new to the discussion supported with citation(s) and reference(s), you are not just agreeing. This is also a time to ask questions or offer information surrounding the topic addressed by your peers. Personal experience is appropriate for a substantive discussion, however should be correlated to the literature.


All discussion boards will be evaluated utilizing rubric criterion inclusive of content, analysis, collaboration, writing and APA. If you fail to post an initial discussion or initial discussion is late, you will not receive points for content and analysis, you may however post to your peers for partial credit following the guidelines above.


Discussion Prompt [Due Wednesday]

The topic for unit 3 is focused on the older adult assessment and the process of aging that includes frailty.  Frailty is a geriatric syndrome which has been link to adverse health outcomes in the older adult population.  It is characterized by weakness, weight loss, decrease physical activity, and fatigue that is unrelated to other age-related processes (Fedarko, 2012). Not only are we evaluating and creating a plan to care for our older adult patient, but we must also consider the caregiver and how we may support them during this process.    


Fedarko, N.S. (2012).  The biology of aging and frailty.  Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 27(1): 27-37.  doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2010.08.006


Initial Post Instructions:  


Please critically evaluate the subjective and objective information provided to you in the attached file below. 

The first part of the discussion board is to identify all pertinent positive and, negative information and list missing information.

Then create a differential diagnosis list with at least 3 possibly actual diagnosis based on your findings. 

Second part is to create a plan utilizing clinical practice guidelines for the priority diagnosis.

Be sure to utilize template, in-text citations and provide full reference citation at the end of the discussion.

Response post instructions:


Please respond to two peers’ post regarding their differential diagnosis list and/or plan. What did you find interesting about their response? How did their differential diagnosis list or plan compare to yours?


*Pertinent positive information helps to rule in a diagnosis, while pertinent negative information helps to rule out a diagnosis.*



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