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Therapeutic Exercise for the Older Adult


Exercising geriatric patients presents a unique challenge to therapists. Most patients have multiple diagnoses, take multiple medications and are frequently deconditioned and possibly have never previously exercised. Participants will learn different exercise techniques and innovative interventions for all of the body’s major joints as well as for the most common diagnoses seen in older persons (i.e., stroke, Parkinson’s disease, gait and balance deficits, etc.). Participants will also learn how to use functional tools to establish and guide exercise programs, thus improving functional test scores, outcomes and safe mobility. Evidence-based research will be used to support the efficacy of the geriatric exercises presented and both indications and contraindications will be discussed. Participants will be instructed in which modalities have been proven to enhance therapeutic exercise as well as how to bill for treatment to maximize financial return. Our older patients also present challenges in learning new exercises and being motivated to perform. This course will also present multiple ideas to improve communication, learning and motivation that will only serve to enhance the overall exercise program and functional outcome. Developing geriatric exercise programs is challenging and sometimes difficult but can also be fun and rewarding. This course will provide therapists the opportunity to broaden their horizons.

What Participants Are Saying . . .

  1. Demonstrate multiple evidence based exercises for every major joint in the body.
  2. Use evidence based references to strength the following muscle and muscle groups: * Scapular and rotator cuff * Core stability * Lateral stabilizer of the hip * Vastus Medialis
  3. Support geriatric exercise programs through medical literature.
  4. Discuss basic exercise principles, which will enhance clinical therapeutic exercise programs.
  5. List barriers to for use of evidence based practice in the clinical setting.
  6. Learn strategies to assess the quality of a study.
  7. List the levels of evidence used to assess a study.
  8. Guide a patient through a strengthening program using the principles of 1 repetition maximum.
  9. Utilize gait and balance assessments to establish and direct exercise programs for the geriatric population.
  10. Create an evidenced based exercise program to improve the balance of an older adult.
  11. Guide a patient with Parkinson’s Disease through an appropriate exercise program addressing related functional de cits.
  12. Progress a patient with a CVA through all phases of neuromuscular re-education.
  13. Be able to use the site of infarct in a CVA patient to guide exercise treatments.
  14. Use the fundamental positions of Tai Chi for patient treatments in balance, proprioception, posture, and gait.
  15. List 10 contraindications/precautions to exercise in the elderly.
  16. Understand the di erences of stretching techniques for the older vs. younger population.
  17. Guide a patient with osteoporosis through an e cacious and e cient exercise program.

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 in ID, MD, AR, CA, UT, NJ, and SC for 20 Clinical Contact Hours. This course is approved by the Florida PT Association for 24 continuing education hours. This 20 contact hour course meets the guidelines for approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy as this course is approved by other state PT Associations and state PT Boards. Have also applied for approval in PA and OK. Our courses also meet the guidelines for approval in PA, VT, AL, IN, WI, VA, AZ, DE, NH, OR, RI, UT, GA, WY, ND and MO. Courses are accepted for CEUs in NE, ID, MT, WA, CT, and IA. 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 REGISTRATION education. Provider #5363. This course is not approved by ASHA or the Board of Certification. 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. COLORADO PHYSICAL THERAPISTS: This 20 contact hour seminar meets accepted standards for Category 1 continuing competence activities as directed in CO section 12-41-114.6, C.R.S. Please make sure that you have completed the required post-course survey tool. Save your certificate of completion for the re-licensing process.

DAY 1 

7:30 – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – Introduction to Geriatric Therapeutic Exercise 

8:15 – Exercise Principles
Developing a foundation of exercise principles which will be used throughout the lecture. Literature will be used to explain and
support these concepts: Levels of Evidence, Contraindications, Precautions, Definitions of Terminology, Stretching and Warm Up. 

10:00 – Break 

10:15 – Exercise Principles (continued)
One repetition maximum will be discussed and with the use of the literature be applied to the geriatric population. 

11:30 – Orthopedics: Upper Body – Neck and Shoulder 

Using evidence based literature to develop skilled treatment techniques for the cervical area and shoulder. The literature will be discussed and applied to the clinical setting. 

12:30 – Working Lunch (on your own) An Instructional Video will be played during lunch with demonstrations of various standardized assessments – Berg Balance, Sit to Stand Test, 400 Meter Walk & 6 Minute Walk Test 

1:30 – Shoulder and Hand
Using evidence based literature to develop skilled treatment techniques for the cervical area and shoulder. The literature will be discussed and applied to the clinical setting. 

2:30 – Back/Core Exercises
The literature will be used to give exercise ideas to the specific diagnosis of stenosis, spondylolisthesis, compression fractures and osteoporosis as well as the core muscles of the lumbar spine and abdominal area. 

3:30 – Break 

3:45 – Back/Core Exercises (continued) 

4:45 – Lower Body – Hip Using evidence based literature to develop skilled treatment techniques for the lower body, including the hip, the knee and the ankle. The literature will be discussed and applied to the clinical setting. 

6:15 – Questions and Discussion 6:30 Adjourn 

 

DAY 2

7:30 – Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:00 – Lower Body – Knee and Ankle 

10:00 – Break 

10:15 – Neurology – Stroke and Parkinson’s
Evidence based exercises will be presented to help guide the practitioner create skilled and effective treatments for the most common neuro diagnosis in the elderly, Parkinson’s, and the most common neuro rehab diagnosis, stroke. 

12:30 – Working Lunch (on your own) An Instructional Video will be played during lunch with demonstrations of various standardized assessments – Dynamic Gait Index, Four Square Step Test, Functional Reach, Physical Performance Test Protocol 

1:30 – Unique Neuro Treatments
These concepts include muscle re-education techniques, weight bearing and weight shifting techniques. Literature will be given to support these treatment ideas 

3:30 – Break 

3:45 – Gait
The evidence based exercises of the previous sections applied to the muscles needed in different parts of the gait cycle. 

4:15 – Balance and Proprioception
Using evidence based literature to develop skilled treatment techniques to improve balance and decrease fall risk in the elderly. Included
in this section are specific balance exercise programs that have been proven efficacious as well as a Tai Chi lab. 

5:15 – Functional Tools – Berg and Tinetti
The evidence based exercises of the previous sections applied to the muscles needed to improve scores and decrease fall risk. 

6:00 – Odds and Ends
Tips to improve day to day delivery of care to our residents ending with innovative exercise programs 

6:15 – Final Questions and Close 6:30 Adjourn 

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


Syracuse, NY – September 18-19, 2021

Early Bird (thru 9/9/21) = $495

Late Fee (9/9/21 – 9/15/21) = $570

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Your Instructor

Mark Traffas, PT, GTC, FSOAE