GERO Mind Map (older adult client)

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1. Reproductive

1.1. Male

1.1.1. Enlargement of prostate gland Risk for Benign prostatic hyperplasia

1.1.2. Atrophy of testes

1.1.3. Reduction in sperm count

1.1.4. Reduction in testicular mass

1.1.5. Increased fibrosis in the seminiferous tubules

1.2. Female

1.2.1. Vulva atrophies

1.2.2. Vaginal environment drier & more alkaline Uncomfortable intercourse Vaginitis S/S Nursing interventions Tx

1.2.3. Ovaries become thicker & smaller

1.2.4. Uterus decrease in size

1.2.5. Fallopian undergo shortening & straightening

2. Endocrine

2.1. Thyroid gland atrophies

2.2. Thyroid gland activity decreases

2.2.1. Low metabolic rate

2.2.2. Hypothyroidism S/S Fatigue, weakness, lethargy Anorexia Weight gain Tx Synthetic T4 Nursing Interventions Support tx plan Assist patients w/management of symptoms

2.3. Adrenocorticotropic hormone secretion decreases w/age

2.3.1. Reduces secretory activity of adrenal gland Reduces secretion of estrogen, progesterone

2.4. Volume of pituitary gland decreases w/age

2.5. Insufficient release of insulin

2.5.1. Diabetes Mellitus Tx: Drug Therapy Metformin Sulfonylurea drugs Nursing interventions Establish a teaching plan for pt Assess readiness to learn Provide environment conducive to learning

3. Immunity

3.1. Immunosenescence

3.1.1. Depressed immune response Risk for infections

3.2. Thymine mass decreases

3.3. T cell activity declines

3.3.1. Immature T cells are present in the thymus

3.4. Inflammatory defenses decline

3.4.1. Inflammation presents atypically

3.5. Increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines

4. Neurological / Cognitive

4.1. Loss of nerve cell mass

4.1.1. Atrophy of the brain & spinal cord

4.2. Number of nerve cell declines

4.2.1. Slow nerve conduction Response and reaction times are slower; reflexes become weaker

4.3. Slowing in central processing

4.3.1. Delays the time required to perform tasks

4.3.2. Delirium S/S Hypervigilance Hallucinations Personality changes Altered LOC Nursing Interventions Avoid bright lights Frequent orientations

4.3.3. Dementia S/S Impaired judgment Inappropriate behavior Difficulty w/coordinated movements Nursing Interventions Avoid restraining them Create a safer environment ID bracelets

4.4. Number & sensitivity of sensory receptors, dermatomes, and neurons decrease

4.4.1. Dulling of tactile sensation

4.5. Decline in the function of cranial nerves mediating taste and smell

5. Musculoskeletal

5.1. Decrease in number & size of muscle fibers

5.2. Decline in muscle mass

5.3. Grip strength endurance declines

5.3.1. Sarcopenia Causes Disease Immobility Decreased caloric intake Poor blood flow to muscle Decline in anabolic hormones increase in proinflammatory cytokines

5.4. Decrease body strength

5.5. Reduce flexibility of joints & mucles

5.5.1. Osteoarthritis S/S Crepitation on joint motion Distal joints may develop bony nodules Tx Isometrics & mild exercises Analgesics Rest, heat or ice Weight reduction

6. Oropharyngeal / GI

6.1. Tongue atrophies

6.1.1. Affect taste buds

6.1.2. Decrease taste sensations Xerostomia Tx Nursing Interventions

6.2. Saliva production decreases

6.2.1. Swallowing more difficult Dysphagia S/S Nursing interventions

6.3. Thinning of the oral mucosa

6.3.1. Reduction in chewing efficiency

6.4. Esophageal & stomach motility decreases

6.4.1. Risk for Indigestion Aspiration

6.5. Decreased elasticity of the stomach

7. Respiratory

7.1. Reduced coughing d/t blunting of laryngeal & coughing reflexes

7.1.1. Risk for Lung abscess S/S Tx

7.1.2. Nursing Interventions Promote productive coughing Hard candy/sweets increase secretions Humidifiers Expectorants Fluid intake Perform postural drainage Use aerosol meds BEFORE, oral care AFTER Discontinue IF

7.2. Lungs smalll in size & weight

7.3. Reduced secretions

7.3.1. Chronic Bronchitis S/S productive cough Wheezing SOB Tx Removal of secretions Prevent obstructions Fluids

7.4. Hair in nostrils become thicker

7.5. Trachea stiffens d/calcification

8. Integumentary

8.1. Flattening of dermal epidermal junction

8.2. Reduced thickness & vascularity of the dermis

8.2.1. Slows epidermal proliferation

8.2.2. Increased quantity & degeneration of elastin fibers occur

8.3. Collagen fibers become coarser

8.3.1. Reduce skin elasticity

8.4. Dermis becomes more avasular & thinner

8.5. Subcutaneous fat is lost

8.5.1. Lines, wrinkles, sagging Skin breaks down easily

8.6. Loss of pigment cells & atrophy of hair bulbs

8.6.1. Hair thins & grays

8.6.2. Hair in nose & ears become thicker

9. Renal / GU

9.1. Hypertrophy of the bladder muscle / thickening of teh bladder

9.1.1. Decreases storage capacity Urinary frequency

9.2. Weaker bladder muscles

9.2.1. Urinary retention S/S Urinary frequency, straining, dribbling, palpable bladder Risk for UTIs

9.3. Filtration efficiency decreases

9.3.1. Risk for Adverse drug reactions Increase of BUN S/S Glomerulonephritis S/S Tx

9.4. Decreased tubular function

9.5. Decreased concentration of urine

10. Cardiovascular

10.1. Vasoconstriction

10.1.1. Hypertension S/S Systolic pressure >140 Diastolic pressure >90 Dull headache Impaired memory Nursing Interventions Assess BP when pt is standing, sitting, prone Assess pt factors contributing to BP Tx DASH diet Yoga Meditation Thiazide diuretics

10.2. Valves become thicker

10.3. Myocardial muscle less efficient

10.3.1. Reduction in CO

10.4. Less sensitive to baroreceptor regulation of BP

10.5. Calcification & reduced elasticity of vessels

10.5.1. Varicose Veins S/S Dull pain Cramping of the legs Dizziness Tx Elevate limb to promote venous returne Exercise to enhance circulation Stockings Nursing Interventions Promoting circulation Providing foot care