Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the Older Adult

1.25 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: 100 Basic Concepts

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has emerged as a legitimate field of inquiry during the last several decades. Years of research are currently yielding information as to its safety, efficacy and applications. This module provides a brief overview of complementary and alternative medicine (often referred to as integrative medicine) and its potential contribution to the lives of older adults.

This module is not approved for continuing education credit by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies, The Ohio State University College of Medicine. This certificate may be presented to your professional organization for consideration toward required licensure continuing education credit.


Patrice Rancour, MS, RN

Patrice Rancour, MS, RN has been in the health care field for over 45 years as a clinician, educator and consultant. A mental health clinical nurse specialist, she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing at The Ohio State University. Patrice's primary areas of interest include working with life-threatened individuals and their families, psycho-neuroimmunology, complementary and alternative therapies, spirituality and healing, end of life care, and grief and loss issues. She presents at numerous conferences and symposiums and has authored 40 papers, chapters and books including Tales from the Pager Chronicles and The Pager Chronicles Vol. II. All things being equal, when she isn't working, she would rather be wandering the shoreline of a certain barrier island off the coast of Georgia. For more information, visit Patrice's website.


  1. Resolve the CAM case study.
  2. Identify specific CAM practices for a variety of aging issues.
  3. List the five domains of complementary and alternative therapy as defined by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
  4. Describe complementary and alternative therapy, and integrative medicine.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 100%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.