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Neurological Examination and Intervention for the Older Adult

Too often, therapists feel stuck using a single approach or protocol when addressing the needs of their neurological patients.  The protocol they use is evidence based, definitely one of the good ones, but patients aren’t progressing as well as hoped.  Why aren’t their patients getting better?

Neurological patients improve best when their program of care is dynamic.  That’s why in this course, you will learn about many different, research-based programs.  In the past few years, researchers have developed quite a few new, highly effective programs and protocols that you can incorporate into your practice.  With a sizable arsenal at your disposal, you can mix it up.  When you encounter a new patient with neurological deficits, mentally walk through your course handout to select the most appropriate approach to begin working with that specific patient.

As time moves on, maybe what’s needed is greater intensity.  Maybe you need to shift to a different research-based protocol or combine or sequence several protocols.  This course provides you with the tools you need to adapt to the changing needs of your patients.

Unlike many of our other patients, those with neurological deficits require treatments that affect the whole body.  That makes evaluation and intervention complex.  Yet, despite the scope of the neurological issue, it’s imperative to target the specific problems in order to address them effectively.

In this course, Dr. Carole Lewis masterfully engages her audience while discussing and demonstrating examination tools and intervention protocols/ideas designed and most appropriate for older patients with diagnoses of Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and gait and balance disorders.  Participants learn new ideas for addressing spasticity and rigidity, ways to evaluate and improve movement performance, techniques for strengthening, progressions to achieve effective gait patterns in daily activities.  And much, much more.  Cutting edge Information on the physiology of aging will also be presented as well as a special feature on burnout.

This course provides participants with the most up-to-date, clinically relevant information on neurological rehabilitation of the older adult seen in any setting.  The 300 page handout includes 6,000 current medical references, detailed examination forms, outcome measures, intervention techniques, protocols and sample home exercises that can be used immediately with patients.  You will leave this seminar feeling confident and excited to try out many of the new, research-based techniques/approaches you’ve learned.

What Participants Are Saying . . .

“Dr. Lewis is by far one of the greatest speakers I have ever heard on any topic anywhere.”

“I only take courses by Great Seminars, they are the best in the industry!”

“Great course…worth giving up my weekend for.”

“I took this course years ago but thought I might take it again. I learned so much!”

  1. Demonstrate the latest examination and intervention techniques for patients with stroke, Parkinson’s disease and gait and balance disorders.
  2. Provide detailed explanations of current evidence-based techniques.
  3. Prescribe a motivational program to enhance intervention outcomes for older patients with neurological de cits.
  4. Differentiate between dementia and depression and provide meaningful intervention modi cations for the challenges presented by these diagnoses.
  5. Describe normal and pathological changes in the neurological system of an older person.
  6. Recognize the different movement disorders commonly seen in older persons.
  7. Thoroughly examine a patient with Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or gait and balance disorders utilizing several different functional assessment tools and design an effective intervention program.
  8. Compare and contrast various methods of examining patients with stroke, Parkinson’s disease and gait and balance disorders for speci c outcomes.
  9. Organize and plan an effective rehabilitation program for geriatric patients with stroke, Parkinson’s disease and gait and balance disorders.
  10. Identify fall risk factors, gait impairments and gait & balance deviations and develop speci c approach to assess gait, balance and falls in the older patient using a variety of cutting-edge tools.
  11. Create innovative screening and intervention programs for balance and gait de cits commonly seen in older persons.

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 CA, AR, MD, NJ, NM, OK, OH, MN and SC for 20 Clinical Contact Hours. Have applied for approval in NV. Our courses also meet the guidelines for approval in PA, SD, MI, AL, VA, MO, IN, AZ, DE, GA, NH, OR, RI, UT, VT, WY and MO. Courses are accepted for CEUs in NE, ID, MT, WA, CT, IA, and ND.

If you do not see your state listed, please give our office a call. GREAT Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider of continuing education (Provider #5363). This course is approved by the Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board of California for 20 contact hours.

Your tuition is tax deductible. Any reference to or mention of state rules or regulations concerning continuing education requirements are true and accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. If you have questions, please contact your board or regulating body.

Day 1

7:30AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00AM – Introduction: Working with the Older Patient with Neurological Problems • Dementia: Implications for Rehabilitation • Depression • Motivation • Evidence Based Protocols

10:30AM – Break

10:45AM – The Neurology of Aging: Differentiating Pathological and Normal Aging • Neuropathies • Tremors • Weakness • Movement Disorders • MRIs and Aging • Clinical Prediction Rule for Peripheral Neuropathy

12:30PM – Working Lunch (on your own) Motivational Case Study or Practice Gait and Balance Tests

1:30PM – Parkinson’s Disease – Evidence Based Examination and Intervention • Rhythmic Cueing to Axial Mobility and many more

4:15PM – Break

4:30PM – Optimizing the Neurological Environment • Exploring Sensory Loss with Age • Special Feature on The Rehabilitation Specialist’s Role • Evidence Based Examination and Intervention

6:30PM – Questions and Answers


Day 2

7:30AM – Continental Breakfast

8:00AM – Stroke – Older Patients Are Different • Examination Tools • Motor Assessment Scale to the Modified Sitting Balance Scale and many more

9:45AM – Break

10:00AM – Stroke: Creative Evidence Based Techniques • Mirror Therapy to Motor Relearning and many more

12:30PM – Working Lunch (bring your own) Prognostic & Evidence Based Stroke Rehab Case Study or stay in room with your bag lunch and watch Dr. Lewis show you how to educate the community on Balance and Falls

1:30PM – Gait, Balance and Falls: A Functional Look at Neurological Problems • Evidence Based Examination and Intervention • FSST, Mini-Best and many more

4:30PM – Break

4:45PM – Burnout: How to Stay Vital When Working with Older Neurological Patients • Developing a Plan for You and Your Co-workers

6:30PM – Questions and Answers

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.

For Mail/Email/Fax registrations, click here or call us at 877-794-7328.

Note: We cannot take online registrations beginning on the Monday of the week of the seminar. Instead, please call our office at (877) 794-7328 to register so we can ensure there will be a handout at the course for you.

Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $545

Late Fee = add $25

Cleveland, OHOctober 16-17, 2021

Early Bird (thru 10/7/21) = $495

Late Fee (10/7/21 – 10/12/21) = $570

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