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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 3:  Evaluation, Diagnosis, and the Plan of Care
Chapter 12:  Impaired Aerobic Capacity/Endurance
Chapter 13:  Impaired Joint Mobility
Chapter 14:  Impaired Muscle Performance
Chapter 15:  Impaired Motor Control
Chapter 16:  Impaired Posture
Chapter 17:  Ambulation
Chapter 18:  Balance and Falls

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Evaluation, Diagnosis, and the Plan of Care.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the impaired aerobic capacity of older adults.
  2. Identify the health benefits associated with regular physical activity.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge in the physiology of aerobic capacity and exercise.
  4. Discuss the decline in maximal cardiac output as a result of aging.
  5. List factors that may influence older patients’ ability to engage in continued exercise.
  6. Discuss joint mobility with aging.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of impaired joint mobility.
  8. Explain generalized age-associated changes in connective tissue.
  9. Identify the primary function of chondroid, fibrous, and bony joint structures.
  10. Discuss joint range of motion and the decrease of motion associated with age.
  11. Recognize joint-specific mobility testing.
  12. Discuss impaired muscle performance.
  13. Identify changes in metabolic function associated with aging.
  14. Demonstrate knowledge in aging-associated changes in endocrine function linked to sarcopenia.
  15. Identify motor system impairments such as paresis, ataxia, and hypokinesia.
  16. Define and discuss flaccidity.
  17. Recognize fractionated movement deficits.
  18. Discuss impaired posture.
  19. Identify age-related changes in body structure and function that influence postural spinal alignment.
  20. Discuss the implications of impaired posture on respiratory function.
  21. Explain the impact of age-related changes on functional mobility.
  22. List typical gait changes in older adults.
  23. Identify gait speed as the most critical of the gait parameters.
  24. Demonstrate knowledge in the examination and evaluation of gait.
  25. Discuss the relevancy of dual tasking for examination of gait.
  26. Discuss balance and falls in the older adult.
  27. Demonstrate knowledge in the role the vestibular plays in maintaining balance.
  28. Identify response strategies to postural perturbations.
  29. List the components of a somatosensory examination.
  30. Discuss neuromuscular testing.
  31. Explain the physical performance test.
  32. Discuss balance training.