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Comprehensive Rehab Strategies for the Older Adult

Seminar Description:

20 Contact Hours

Rehabilitation for older persons is changing rapidly. Payment changes make it more challenging to deliver quality care to the rehabilitatively and medically complex older patient. New advances in treatment techniques, research on efficacy and outcomes make it imperative for the practicing clinician to gather as much proven clinical information as possible. The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the most up-to-date information on the evaluation and treatment of the medically complex geriatric patient. The seminar format is lecture and discussion, as the speaker guides you through the most recent research, evaluation tools, and treatment protocols. Case studies and video demonstration with patients will encourage participants to integrate this information into the development of individualized plans for that can be implemented immediately. The extensive handout, which is over 300 pages with 6,000 current medical references, will provide detailed evaluation forms, outcome measures, suggested protocols, sample home exercises and progressions. The material presented provides a thorough approach to therapeutic strategies and goals, thereby preparing therapists to design and implement highly skilled rehabilitation programs for older persons.

Course Objectives

  1. Define the role of the geriatric specialist.
  2. Provide statistics on the growth of older persons in America.
  3. Discuss theories of aging.
  4. Differentiate various medical problems in the older patient.
  5. Interpret lab values for changes of pathology speci c to the elderly.
  6. Demonstrate treatment techniques and how they can be modi ed for the elderly.
  7. Use the tenets of adult learning models to develop programs that will be effective in the rehabilitation of older persons.
  8. Discuss the pros and cons of utilizing published protocols with elderly patients.
  9. Prescribe appropriate exercises based on differential diagnoses.
  10. Integrate information of differential diagnoses for monitoring exercise programs.
  11. Evaluate the most complicated older persons using standardized functional assessment tools.
  12. Develop and justify comprehensive plans and treatment programs for complicated older patients.

Your Instructor


Doug Dillon graduated with a B.A. from California State University Long Beach with emphasis on Athletic Training in 1987. He completed his B.S. in Physical Therapy from Langston University in Oklahoma with honors in 1989. Doug was the first athletic trainer for Langston University. After graduation he worked as an outpatient therapist and was invited to and worked for the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In 1992 he joined Great Seminars as seminar coordinator/ lab assistant and mentored under Dr. Carole Lewis. He has coauthored multiple articles with her. Doug has had an extensive background in geriatrics and has been Regional Manager in northern California for 11 skilled nursing facilities. He has been a supervisor for an inpatient acute hospital rehabilitation department, a director for skilled nursing facilities and an instructor in Kinesiology for DeAnza College’s Physical Therapy Assistant program. In 1999 he was inducted into Who’s Who International and in 2004 he received his Geriatric Training Certification.

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.


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