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Course Description

This online ce course utilizes content from the textbook “Geriatric Physical Therapy” Third Edition by Andrew A Guccione, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA; Rita A Wong EdD, PT and Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD © 2012, published by Elsevier.
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This text offers comprehensive coverage of geriatric physical therapy science and practice, with practical information and evaluation, and intervention approaches that maximize optimal aging.  It emphasizes evidence-based content that rehabilitation professionals can use throughout the patient management process and includes the foundational knowledge needed for clinical success.

Throughout this third edition, information has been updated to reflect the latest foundational science of geriatric physical therapy, ranging from basic physiology of aging to clinical epidemiology of disease and disability.   This course integrates health and functional status information with examination data, to formulate an accurate diagnosis, and thus the tools necessary to design effective treatment plans that can be implemented at all levels of care and across all settings to produce optimal outcomes.
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 593 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 5 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional continuing education needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your ce course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 1: Foundations, Pharmacology, Exercise and Physical Activity
Chapter 1:  Geriatric Physical Therapy in the 21st Century
Chapter 2:  Implications of an Aging Population for Rehabilitation
Chapter 3:  The Physiology of Age-Related and Lifestyle-Related Decline
Chapter 4:  Geriatric Pharmacology
Chapter 5:  Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults
Chapter 6:  Health and Function: Patient Management Principles

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Foundations, Pharmacology, Exercise and Physical Activity.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss evidence based practice.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of optimal aging.
  3. Identify physical activity and exercise as crucial roles in maximizing optimal aging.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge in expert practice in geriatric rehabilitation.
  5. Differentiate between diagnosis studies, prognosis studies and therapy studies.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge in systematic reviews.
  7. Differentiate between an efficacy study and an effectiveness study.
  8. Identify the influence of ageism.
  9. Discuss successful vs. optimal aging.
  10. Identify the effects of demography on mortality and morbidity in older adults.
  11. Discuss active life expectancy.
  12. Identify the percentage of older adults with prevalent chronic conditions.
  13. Explain physical function with disability.
  14. Demonstrate knowledge of the physiology of age-related and lifestyle-related decline.
  15. Define cachexia.
  16. Discuss both nonmodifiable and modifiable risk factors of bone loss.
  17. Identify the increased risk associated with of intra-abdominal fat.
  18. Explain the major age related changes in collagenous tissues and associated clinical consequences.
  19. Discuss the major age related changes in cardiovascular tissues.
  20. Identify the major age related changes in the nervous system and the associated clinical consequences.
  21. Demonstrate knowledge in geriatric pharmacology.
  22. Differentiate between drug absorption, distribution and metabolism.
  23. Identify common adverse drug reactions in older adults.
  24. Explain the impact on physical therapy associated with commonly used drug classes in the older adult.
  25. Identify drugs used to treat congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias and angina pectoris.
  26. Discuss exercise and physical activity for the older adult.
  27. Explain the elements of an exercise prescription.
  28. Discuss contraindications associated with exercise.