Functional Standards for Optimal Aging Expert Certification

20 Contact Hours

Seminar Description:

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 Moving Target, 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 MTS are encouraged to take this course and become certified (FSOAE).

This course provides thorough training in executing the MTS 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 MTS 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 Moving Target: Functional Standards for Optimal Aging, 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.

Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate competence in the administration of the 15 assessments for middle to older aged adults that comprise the Moving Target Screen (MTS).
  2. Determine where patients/clients t within the norms and cutoffs for these assessments.
  3. Describe MTS score implications with regard to optimal aging.
  4. Provide instruction on the appropriate use of 16 exercises for the remediation of the problems found in the MTS
  5. Identify and explain the evidence for using each exercise to address the speci c de cit.
  6. Develop a marketing strategy to build awareness within the medical and general community regarding the need for performance-based, functional assessments for adults aged 50 and older.
  7. Develop several motivational strategies to encourage older persons to participate in appropriate exercise.

Your Instructor

J. Kele Murdin


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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.

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