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Interventions for Older Adults Across the Continuum

GREAT Seminars and Books

Format(s):   Live Seminars
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy
Contact Hours:   20
Registration Fee:   $545

Upon Completion of this Seminar, Participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate evidence-based exercise protocols for a variety of diagnoses and conditions in the older adult population.
2. Design exercise prescriptions, dosing and intensity for the older adult with a variety of impairments.
3. List trends in demographics of the aging population in the United States.
4. Compare and contrast common pathologic conditions in the older adult population referred to post-acute therapy settings.
5. Use appropriate functional tools in post-acute settings.
6. Identify factors which contribute to fall risk in older adults.
7. Demonstrate evidence-based interventions to address fall risk in the older adult population.
8. Individualize evidence-based protocols for older adults accounting for comorbidities and complexities.

Target Audience
Primary Audience - Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants.
Secondary Audience - Occupational Therapists; Occupational Therapist Assistants.
LEVEL: This course is at an intermediate level.

Confirmation Notes
CONFIRMATION: A confirmation letter will be sent via email at least 3 weeks prior to the course with local hotels and information. If you do not receive confirmation 2 weeks prior to class, please call to verify your registration. Registrations are not guaranteed until confirmed. Space may be limited, so register early.
CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: Cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the seminar date for tuition refund less a $75 administration fee. NO refunds will be made after this date.
COURSE CANCELLATION: GREAT Seminars and Books, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a course up to 2 weeks prior to the seminar date. In the event of cancellation of a course only the tuition fee will be refunded in full. GREAT Seminars and Books, Inc. is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets, lodging, or other related costs.
EDUCATIONAL CREDIT: : A certificate of attendance for 20 contact hours of educational activity (20 CEUs or 2.0 CEUs depending on how your Practice Act determines CEUs in your state) will be awarded to registrants upon completion of the seminar. Great Seminars and Books is an Approved CE Provider for PTs and PTAs in DC, NY, KY, IL, TX and NC. Approved for PTs and PTAs in ID, CA and UT for 20 Clinical Contact Hours. This course has been approved by the Nevada Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 renewal units (15 CCUs) and 2.0 total units (20 CCUs) of continuing education. Our courses also meet the guidelines for approval in AL, GA, MI, IN, WY, VA, AZ, DE, NH, OR, RI, WI AND MO. Courses are accepted for CEU’s in NE, ID, MT, WA, CT, and IA. If you do not see your state listed, please give our office a call. GREAT Semniars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #5363. This course is not approved by ASHA or Board of Certification. Your tuition is tax deductible. All expenses of Continuing Education (including registration fees, travel, meals, and lodging) taken to maintain or improve professional skills are tax deductible according to Treasury Regulation 1.162-5 Couglin vs. Commissioner, 203 F2d 307. Colorado PTs/PTAs: The Colorado PT Board/Continuing Competency Program does not “approve” continuing education courses. A licensed PT will be responsible does not “approve” continuing education courses. A licensed PT will be responsible for achieving 30 points from the Professional Development Activities List (20 of these points must be Category I activities). Please visit the Colorado PT Board website at Once on that page, click on “Program Manual and Other Resources” on the left tab. The Program Manual will explain the program in detail. The manual also provides criteria for acceptable activities.

Day 1
7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00 – 8:30 Introduction: demographics of aging, multi-system changes with aging, ageism 8:30 – 10:00 Generalized weakness – a common sequela. Exercise prescription for older adults, lecture and lab practice. One repetition maximum testing, dynamometry, resistance training protocols. 10:00 – 10:15 Break 10:15 – 12:15 Acute and chronic stroke lecture and lab practice. Epidemiology, overview of disease process/evidence, protocols/interventions following stroke. Circuit training, timed gait speed trials, repetitive task practice, backwards walking training and more 12:15 – 1:15 Lunch 1:15 – 3:15 Parkinson’s disease lecture and lab practice. Epidemiology, disease process, evidence-based interventions. Auditory cueing, forced use, multidirectional stepping, sensorimotor agility exercise, Tai Chi, and more. 3:15 – 3:30 Break 3:30 – 4:30 Peripheral neuropathy interventions lecture and lab: balance training protocols, seated/standing/walking exercise protocols. 4:30 – 5:45 Functional tools Part 1 Lecture/Lab practice – Muscle performance/chair rise, cardiopulmonary endurance, static balance 5:45 – 6:30 Discussion, Questions and Answers

Day 2
7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00 –10:00 Hip fracture lecture and lab practice: Demise is not inevitable with quality intervention! Epidemiology, effects, evidence-based interventions for hip fracture. Progressive stength training protocols, home based exercise protocols and more. 10:00 – 10:15 Break 10:15 – 12:15 Musculoskeletal conditions in the older adult, lecture and lab practice. Evidence-based protocols for osteoarthritis/advanced osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, thoracic kyphosis, osteoporosis, total knee replacement. 12:15 – 1:15 Lunch 1:15 – 3:15 Balance and fall risk lecture and lab practice. Epidemiology and evidence. Researched protocols for balance, gait, vestibular training, task-oriented walking and more. 3:15 – 3:30 Break 3:30 – 4:00 Functional Measures Part 2 – Lecture/lab practice. Balance measures – Dynamic balance, agility and more 4:00 – 4:30 Home programs that make a difference, including the low-level patient. Research-based home exercise protocols, seated interventions. Lecture/lab 4:30 – 5:00 Complexities and common co-morbidities – effects of multiple system involvement 5:00 – 6:00 Case studies – Showing skill, medical necessity and progress in our care 6:00 – 6:30 Discussion, Questions and Answers

As the baby boomers continue to age, it’s no secret that the population of older adults is expanding – and will continue strong for the next 30 years. That population will enter all post-acute settings in ever-increasing numbers. As therapists, we are facing heightened demands to work effectively with older adults in increasingly shorter amounts of time. Is your clinic ready for this influx of patients living long into their 80s and 90s? Those who have exposure to the geriatric population know that successful outcomes require an in-depth understanding of common diagnoses along with an appreciation for age-related changes and complexities. This course will provide an overview of several diagnoses commonly encountered in the older population and how to address them effectively at multiple levels of function. Interventions presented will be based on current evidence. Instead of rote lecture, this course will provide time to practice interventions for immediate use in the clinic. Proven effective protocols that can be individualized, one-repetition maximum strength testing, effective exercise dosing, functional measures, and comorbidities will be discussed. The comprehensive manual will include summaries of recently published intervention protocols for clinical use as well as functional tools and references. The surge of aging baby boomers gives us a rich opportunity as they enter our clinics in unprecedented numbers. Take home over 50 new evidence based treatment ideas for older adults that you can use immediately to get great results.

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