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Maximizing Mobility, Balance, Gait, and Fall Reduction Strategies to Improve Functional Outcomes in Older Adults

Seminar Description:

20 Contact Hours

Despite advances in medicine, increased access to healthcare, and improved surgical strategies, quality of life for adult and geriatric populations has been reduced as quantity of life has taken priority. Regardless of clinical setting, clinicians are asked to magically improve quality of life with reduced funding, reduced time, and increased documentation demands. How can I improve quality of life and participation in meaningful activity while meeting the demands of the industry? How can I effectively evaluate and provide treatment strategies addressing stability, mobility, falls, confidence, gait, and mobility with my clients in their specific context? How do I return my practice to an emphasis on quality treatment with a focus on the client developing strategies specific to increase quality and participation in life?This innovative, evidence-based course presents the latest best practices for assessing degenerative changes due to functional decline and creating a practical treatment plan that focuses holistically on addressing all client areas. You will learn new and effective strategies designed for promoting mobility and stability to delay common age-related physical impairment. Emphasis will be placed not just on increasing strength, but the appropriate functional movement pattern while implementing simultaneous visual and psychological strategies in various environments. This course will take an evolutionary pattern to return the clinician to functional emphasis in three major areas:

  • Re-defining the core using principles of stability and mobility. Through evidence-based approaches and labs, the attendee will master movements for stability in all functional planes learning strategies which can be modified for all functional levels. The course will also address dysfunctional posture and contracture development commonly seen with the adult and geriatric population and specific strategies to reduce and delay these patterns.
  • Fall reduction strategies utilizing the stability and mobility patterns learned in the first section. In addition, attention will be given to external factors, medication management, depression, and psychological factors often neglected in everyday practice.
  • The “Determinants of Gait” and how they impact function, mobility, and quality of life. This course will take a dive into the history of mobility and what is often neglected when we focus solely on physical “phases of gait”. The instructor will provide in depth analysis on the 6 determinants of gait using the latest evidence and how to address the 6 determinants increasing function and mobility beyond gait.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the dysfunctional posture, gait, and functionalmobility that can occur with contracture, weakness, anddisuse of core anatomy.
  • Explain functional movement patterns in all anatomicalplanes based on patient posture, positioning, andaging.
  • Develop comprehensive, evidence-based treatmentplans to improve stability and mobility in all planesthrough labs.
  • Review core-based activities based on research andcurrent evidence to promote independence with sit-stand, transfers, ADL’s, and dynamic standing tasks.
  • Demonstrate stability and dynamic based core treatmentstrategies during labs to develop an evolutionary plan of care and to promote functional outcome.
  • Identify the major contributors to falls, the most commonenvironments where falls occur, the importance of corestability, and the role of clinicians in fall reduction forthe adult and geriatric population.
  • Design exercises, assessments, fall reduction programs,and educational evidence-based resources appropriatefor clinical application to reduce falls.
  • Compare and Contrast the 6 Determinants of gait, howthey impact the phases of gait, and how they reduceenergy expenditure during gait.
  • Master exercises, activities, and manual treatmentstrategies to improve each of the 6 determinants of gaitin lecture and labs.
  • Administer standardized gait and mobility assessmentsand which utilize the strategies learned in this course.

Your Instructor

Trent Brown, MOT, OTR/L, ATP, BCG

Trent Brown, MOT, OTR/L, ATP, BCG, is a practicing therapist in Utah and is 1 of 36 credentialed holders of a board certification in gerontology (BCG) from the AOTA. Trent also holds a certification as an assistive technology professional (ATP) from RESNA. Currently, he is employed by the Department of Health (DOH) to develop, implement, and operate health care quality improvement programs for the state of Utah. Trent has 15 years of clinical experience in skilled nursing, transitional care, acute, and home health. Recently, he served as the VP for the UOTA where he co-authored SB 131 advancing OT practice in the state of Utah and has received multiple awards for his clinical, academic, and legislative work. Trent is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah and has been teaching their department since 2007. He is well traveled having provided courses all over the country to thousands of clinicians on a myriad of topics including joint arthroplasty, core strengthening, documentation, aging, legislation, and fall reduction. Trent Brown has also been a keynote speaker at multiple events throughout the country.

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

Atlantic City, NJ – December 5-6, 2020

Early Bird (thru 10/08/20) = $495

Regular (10/09/20 – 11/24/20) = $545

Late Fee (11/25/20 – 12/02/20) = $570