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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual” Second Edition by Timothy L. Kauffman, PhD, PT, John O. Barr, PhD, PT, and Michael Moran PT, DPT, ScD © 2007, published by Elsevier.
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This text presents step-by-step guidance on the evaluation and treatment of geriatric diseases and disorders.  With detailed evaluation of the incidence of disorders, diagnostic tests, associated diagnoses, and clinical implications for mobility and rehabilitation techniques.

You can expect throughout the course an overview of the effects of aging on all body systems, special geriatric considerations for laboratory assessment, thermoregulation, and pharmacology, as well as an overview of geriatric care and the review of system as they relate to aging.  Detailed discussion of the complexity of aging, pathology and healthcare, aging pathokinesiology directed at specific clinical conditions are also included in this course. 
This second edition includes topics pertaining to musculoskeletal involvement, neuromuscular and neurological involvement, neoplasms, cardiopulmonary diseases and blood vessel, circulatory and skin disorders.  Aging and pathological sensorium is discussed as it relates to vision, hearing and communication.  Legal and ethical considerations are also addressed.
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 540 pages has been carefully broken down by chapters into 4 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 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 needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 1 Anatomical and Physiological Considerations; Musculoskeletal Disorders
Chapter 1: Wholeness of the Individual
Chapter 2: Skeletal Muscle Function in Older People
Chapter 3: Effects of Aging on the Bone
Chapter 4: Effects of Age on Joints and Ligaments
Chapter 5: Aging and the Central Nervous System
Chapter 6: Cardiac Considerations in the Older Patient
Chapter 7: Pulmonary Considerations in the Older Patient
Chapter 8: Effects of Aging on the Digestive System
Chapter 9: Effects of Aging on the Vascular System
Chapter 10: Thermoregulation: Considerations for Aging People
Chapter 11: The Aging Immune System
Chapter 12: Pharmacology Considerations for the Aging Individual
Chapter 13: Laboratory Assessment Considerations for the Aging Individual

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Anatomical and Physiological Considerations and of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Geriatric Rehabilitation.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge in the various medical models that use signs and symptoms to diagnose disease.
  2. Identify potential interactive causes of confusion.
  3. Define sarcopenia.
  4. Discuss the effects of aging on the bone.
  5. Differentiate between the macroscopic anatomy and the microscopic anatomy of bone structure.
  6. Define osteomalacia.
  7. Identify the age related changes that occur in the joints and ligaments.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of aging on the central nervous system.
  9. List models of rehabilitation for the elderly.
  10. Explain age related changes in the cardiovascular tissue.
  11. Differentiate between age related changes in the airway and the lungs of the pulmonary system.
  12. Discuss the effects of aging on the digestive system.
  13. Discuss the structure and functions of the vascular system.
  14. Identify typical alterations in the vascular response to exercise with age.
  15. Explain thermoregulation considerations for aging individuals.
  16. Identify signs and symptoms associated with heat related emergencies.
  17. Demonstrate knowledge in the pharmacology considerations for the aging individual.
  18. Discuss imaging modalities and their implications for the elderly.
  19. List age associated postural axial skeletal changes and their clinical implications.
  20. Explain muscle weakness and therapeutic exercise intervention.
  21. Define asthenia.
  22. List treatment options for contractures.
  23. Identify assessment techniques and diagnosis of osteoporosis.
  24. Differentiate between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  25. List indications for total hip replacement.
  26. Discuss rehabilitation intervention for patients with musculoskeletal conditions in the thoracic or rib area.
  27. Demonstrate knowledge of common clinical syndromes associated with the geriatric cervical spine.
  28. Differentiate between disorders of the thoracic spine and lumbosacral spine.
  29. Discuss Paget’s disease of the bone.