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Gastrointestinal Health


Margaret Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Chair
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

School of Nursing
University of Washington


Learning Objectives

By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Identify three changes that occur with aging in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • List common gastrointestinal symptoms reported by older adults.
  • Identify three risk factors for constipation in older adults.

[From the Spring 2019 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series, NW Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center]