In the next thirty years, the global population of people aged 65 and older is projected to double. Physiological changes and chronic health conditions associated with aging increase risk of integumentary impairment, delayed healing, and loss of function. This course reviews histologic changes in the integument that occur later in life, along with characteristics of non-healing wounds and skin conditions common in older adults. We will also review guidelines for screening and risk assessment, including mobility, balance, fall risk, psychosocial factors, and polypharmacy. Illustrative case studies will be used to highlight evidence-based interventions to maintain and restore skin integrity, consistent with a comprehensive, patient-centered plan of care.

Meet our Presenter

Rose Pignataro, PT, DPT Dr. Pignataro is an associate professor and assistant chair of the physical therapy program at Emory & Henry University in Marion, Virginia. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a master’s degree in health science education and doctorate in physical therapy at Stony Brook University. Dr. Pignataro also holds a PhD in public health from West Virginia University. Her clinical practice and research agenda focus heavily on health disparities among people with disabilities and the use of social and behavioral theory for health promotion and wellness. She is also a board-certified wound management specialist and certified health education specialist.

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Rose Pignataro, PT, DPT

Learning objectives

  1. Summarize epidemiological data reflecting common types of acute and chronic integumentary issues experienced by older adults
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  3. Describe physiological changes associated with aging and their impact on risk of integumentary impairments and delayed tissue repair.
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  5. Create an examination and evaluation strategy aimed at comprehensive risk assessment, differential diagnosis, and prognosis.
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  7. Outline an evidence-based plan of care to maintain and restore skin integrity in older adults.



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Type:E-Learning Course
Credit Categories
Domains:skin, aging

The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  0.2
Key Dates
Enrollment:Prior to  12/30/2021
Available discounts:
  • Non Member
    (until 12/31/2030)
  • Member
    (until 12/31/2030)
  • Clinical Electro and Wound Mgmt
    (until 12/31/2030)
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