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Occupational Therapist

Geriatrics 238

The Effects of Aging on Lung Structure and Function


  • List and describe 3 changes in lung structure associated with aging
  • List and describe 3 changes in extrapulmonary structure
  • Analyze 3 changes in respiratory mechanics that occur with aging and lead to predictable changes in lung function
  • Describe changes in gas exchange that occur with aging
  • Outline and describe the use of 2 lung function tests used in the elderly
  • Describe the synergistic effect of age-related changes in lung structure and function on lung disease

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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