An article published in October 2016 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation set off a media frenzy because it proposed making cardiovascular fitness (CFR) the 6th vital sign. The evidence presented was compelling and recognizing physical fitness as a vital sign would be a huge step in the right direction. However, the definition of physical fitness needs to be expanded beyond cardiovascular health to include all aspects of fitness that affect optimal aging: posture, flexibility, gait and balance, endurance, and strength. This is where certified Functional Standards for Optimal Aging Experts (FSOAE) will be able to demonstrate a valuable role in wellness as well as rehabilitation.
The FSOAE certification is based on the The Adult Functional Independence Test (AFIT), which comprises 15 functional assessments used to measure the key components of optimal aging for middle age and older adults. Physical and occupational therapists who embrace the concept that functional assessment and treatment is their domain and who wish to become experts in AFIT are encouraged to take this course and become certified (FSOAE).
This course provides thorough training in executing the AFIT with a variety of clients. In addition, there is little point to assessing and prescribing perfect exercises plans if patient/client compliance is low. Therefore, course participants will learn techniques to motivate patients/clients to engage in exercise programs tailored to their individual needs. Course participants will also receive printable exercise prescription forms.
All AFIT measures are research-based and most provide predictive analytics – the scores that indicate risk. Participants learn the evidence supporting each measure, how to correctly perform each assessment and how to explain the implications to their patients/ clients. Evidence based exercises will be provided as suggested resources for the problems identified. Course participants will observe case studies, which include counseling patients with regard to the appropriate course of action. Information on marketing this tool to physicians, health agencies, and the community is provided and practical, how-to handouts are included that the course participants can download and use immediately. To earn their FSOAE certification, participants will demonstrate their competence by means of a motivational planning assignment, a written exam and a practical exam.
The Adult Functional Independence Test, a 5-hour course available at Great Seminars Online, is a prerequisite to the FSOAE course. Participants who successfully complete the FSOAE certification course will be able to use the designation FSOAE.
J. Kele Murdin PT, GCS, GTC, CEEAA, FSOAE received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Wichita State University in 2000. Initially she worked in the Outpatient setting and completed Level II exam for NAOMPT. Kele transitioned to the Skilled Nursing setting in 2003, and now serves as the Director of Rehab at Life Care Centers of Kirkland. Her passion for Geriatrics and excellent patient care fueled her to pursue a Geriatric Certi ed Specialization (GCS) in 2009 from the APTA, then a Certi cation as an Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) in 2013 from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, a Geriatric Training Certi cation (GTC) from Great Seminars in 2016, and a Functional Standards for Optimal Aging Expert (FSOAE) certi cation in 2017. She also has been an adjunct professor at the University of Puget Sounds DPT program in Physical Agents, Basic Skills, and Adult Systemic Diseases. Kele is the State Advocate for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy in the State of Washington, and will soon be the founder of a Geriatric SIG of the Washington Chapter. Her passion for her profession is mirrored by a passion for cycling, laughter, and her family.
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.