Sleep in the Elderly
|Course Name||Sleep in the Elderly|
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Identify and discuss the sleep disorders that afflict the elderly population.
- Explain the key elements of the diagnostic evaluation of those disorders.
- Identify and explain the indications for treatment of those disorders.
Course InformationThe increase in the number of people over 65 and the rise in the proportion of older people represent a marked change in the demographic patterns in this country that will have profound social, economic, medical, and personal consequences. Individuals over 65 constituted 4 percent of the American population in 1900 and nearly 10 percent in 1972. Today, there are over 25 million Americans are 65 years of age or older, approximately 12% of the national population.
Within ten years this number will approach 30 million and probably exceed 20% of the population by 2020. One of the major changes that commonly accompanies the aging process is an often profound disruption of an individualís daily sleep-wake cycle.