Putting It All Together

Applying Evidence on a Case-by-Case basis in the Older Adult

Seminar Description:

20 Contact Hours

Have you ever gone to a great course where you learned lots of inspiring new information, but then struggled to apply it with your older patients in the clinic? The complexities inherent to our geriatric patients often make it difficult to put evidence–based treatment into practice. In real life, our complicated older patients rarely present like the “textbook” case examples that would make intervention choices simple. Instead, we must address multiple problems and diagnoses, consider comorbidities, frailty, frequent communication barriers, lower levels of function, effects of medications – the list goes on and on. In the end, we may not apply much of what we learn, especially given the time constraints we face.

This seminar is designed to enable the physical therapist to approach the complex geriatric patient with a new paradigm, taking into consideration all of their conditions, prioritizing problems, and applying the most recent evidence based interventions.  Going beyond a traditional didactic format, this course combines lecture, interactive group work and discussion. Extended working time will be provided for participants to delve into multiple case scenarios and case studies which will accurately represent the challenging older patients we see every day. Participants will utilize online databases, as well as the manual provided to find, appraise, and apply research to cases.  Intervention options will be discussed for a broad gamut of conditions commonly seen in the older adult, including neurologic, orthopedic, concurrent medical diagnoses, and fall risk. Presentation of normative data and recent research regarding functional tools will improve participants’ ability to apply these tools and write highly skilled goals. The handout, which includes summaries of research articles for multiple diagnoses, medical references, diagnoses-based norms, and functional measures, is specially organized to serve as a working reference for the clinic.

Course Objectives

  1. Describe complexities of treating the geriatric population.

  2. Differentiate types of research, become proficient in searching online databases and appraising evidence in the literature for application in the clinic.

  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of current research studies applicable to therapy for a broad gamut of patient diagnoses.

  4. Describe medical complicating factors for geriatric cases and their impact on treatment planning.

  5. Design individualized, comprehensive rehab programs for complex geriatric patients in case study format.

  6. Develop a working knowledge of one-repetition maximum testing for exercise dosing and a hands-on proficiency in use of hand –held dynamometry testing.

  7. Select appropriate, functional measures based on multiple factors and describe evidence justifying their selection.

  8. Develop a working knowledge of appropriate norms for strength, gait speed, balance adjusted for specific diagnoses when appropriate.

  9. Use the hand out as a working reference in daily practice to select evidence based interventions, appropriate norms and functional measures.

  10. Identify means of gathering new evidence as it emerges in the medical literature and adding to a growing toolbox of interventions.

Your Instructor

Linda McAllister, PT, DPT, GCS, GTC, CEEAA, CEAGN

Linda McAllister, PT, DPT, GCS, GTC, CEEAA, CEAGN, has been a physical therapist since 1985. Linda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from North Park University in Chicago IL, a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. Linda has worked in diverse settings, including 2 years in a remote village hospital in the former Republic of Zaire in Central Africa. She has focused her work exclusively in Geriatrics since 2000, practicing in the settings of home health, assisted living, and skilled nursing.  In addition to achieving APTA board certification as a specialist in geriatrics, Linda has earned multiple additional geriatric specialist credentials. She is active in fall prevention efforts in the community and currently serves as the coordinator of the Geriatric Training Certification for GREAT seminars. Linda has a passion for excellence in working with older patients, combined with a love of learning and diverse experience. She is currently employed with Life Care Centers in Kirkland, WA and practices in outpatient clinics located on site in assisted living facilities.

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: $545

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