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Neurological Examination and Intervention for the Older Adult

Seminar Description:

20 Contact Hours

The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the most up-to-date information on neurological rehabilitation of the geriatric patient. The seminar format is lecture with demonstration that explores evaluation tools and treatment protocols/ideas designed and most appropriate for older patients with diagnoses of Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, gait and balance disorders. Information on the physiology of aging will also be presented as well as special features on the environment and burnout. The extensive handout, which is over 300 pages with 5,000 current medical references, will provide detailed evaluation forms, outcome measures, treatment techniques, protocols and sample home exercises.

Course Objectives

  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.

Your Instructor


Dr. Carole B. Lewis is a well-known leader and innovator in the area of rehabilitation and optimal aging. She has served as the Editor-in Chief of an award-winning international journal for over 30 years and has received top honors from the American Physical Therapy Association and The Gerontological Society. She has worked in home health, long-term care, acute hospitals, rehabilitation departments and outpatient clinics. In 1983, she started a private practice in Washington, D.C. and continues to work as a clinician. Dr. Lewis received two Master’s degrees, Health Care Management and Gerontology, from the University of Southern California and a PhD in Health Education from the University of Maryland. She currently serves on the Medical Faculty at George Washington University as an adjunct professor in the Department of Geriatrics.

A prolific writer, Dr. Lewis has published in a variety of journals, including Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, Clinical Management, Geriatrics, Geritopics, and Senior Patient. She is also editor of the journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, which won the Association of American Publishers’ Award for the Most Outstanding Issue in a Scientific Journal. In addition, Dr. Lewis has authored numerous textbooks on aging: Physical Therapy for the Older Adult Examination and Intervention: An Evidence Based Approach; Aging: The Health Care Challenge, now in its fourth edition; Geriatric Clinical Strategies; Geriatric Physical Therapy; Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient; The Geriatric Exercise Kit; The Functional Toolbox I & II; The Balance Book; Osteoporosis Exercise Book; Prevention and Wellness Toolbox; Orthopedic Outcome Toolbox; Health Promotion and Exercise for Older Adults; and Improving Mobility in Older Persons. She also co-authored a book for the lay public entitled Age-Defying Fitness published by Peachtree Publishers.

Her professional awards include the APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award, the Section on Geriatrics’ Clinical Excellence Award and the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy’s highest honor, the Joan Mills Award. She is an APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow and in 2016, she received the Mary McMillan Lecture Award from the APTA, their highest honor. In addition, in 2014 she received the Gerontological Society of America’s Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award. Dr. Lewis has lectured in 49 states. Her international lectures include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Finland, Canada, China, Turkey, Egypt and Israel.

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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.


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.

Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $545

Late Fee = add $25