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VNSG 1226: Gerontology : Home

About the Assignment

Healthy Aging for Older Adults

The best library assignments are those that use a variety of resources including books, newspaper and journal articles, internet sites, and even videos or audiocassettes. We encourage you to use all of these sources for this paper. Books should provide some excellent background on your topic. You may apply for a library card and request materials online. We hope you will take full advantage of the many resources our libraries offer.

Please contact Lone Star College-Kingwood Librarians or Professor Currie with any questions you may have during your research.


You will be working in groups of six to provide information about a disease in both a research paper and a skit. The project is worth 25% of your final exam. Your presentation must include:

  • Definition and description of the disease process - focus on information related to the geriatric population
  • Signs and symptoms of the disease
  • Cause and expected nursing management/interventions

You will be summarizing your research to your classmates in a short skit. One or more of your group should "become" the geriatric client, acting out the part as if they have the condition - this person(s) will describe the thoughts, feelings, etc. Each group member may choose to play different parts in the skit - be creative, be different!

Requirements for the paper:

It must be typed on a computer, double spaced, and at least 4 pages long, not including the cover and reference list pages. Each group needs to turn in one paper.

  • Use 12 point font and one-inch margins at top and on each side.
  • It should include introductory, body, and summary paragraphs.
  • In addition to a minimum of 4 pages of content, add a cover sheet and a reference page which cites each source you used. Use APA format.
  • Use current journal sources from professional or scholarly journals.
  • You may also use information from reference books, books you can check out, and reputable internet sources.
  • Written paper is to be turned in prior to the Final Exam.
  • The last page of your research paper should include names of each group member along with their specific contribution to the paper and the skit.

Points will be deducted for criteria listed above not followed.

Contact your professor, Terri L. Currie , for questions about your assignment.

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Sample Topics

  • Altered Mental Status/Dementia
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Emphysema
  • Alzheimer's Disease

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