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Rehabilitation Strategies for the Older Adult with Multi-Morbidity

As mortality rates decline and the population ages, rehabilitation specialists must be prepared to recognize and consider the multiple chronic conditions commonly seen in older adults. The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the most current information and evidence on multi-morbidity with aging, components of comprehensive geriatric examination, and the implications of common chronic conditions in the development and implementation of highly skilled rehabilitation programs for medically complex older persons. The interactive seminar format combines lecture, discussion, videos, case studies, and hands-on activities to present the most recent research, examination tools, and interventions for older adults with multi-morbidity. An extensive course manual includes current primary references, detailed evaluation forms, outcome measures, suggested protocols, sample home exercises, and progressions. 

What Participants Are Saying . . .

Loved Dr. Gray’s enthusiasm and obvious love for the aging population.

Very beneficial, practical, and helpful.

I really enjoyed this class. This information will be useful for me to help educate my patients.

Great speaker!

  • Select, perform, and interpret evidence-based assessment tools appropriate for the older adult with multiple medical conditions. 
  • Develop comprehensive plans of care for medically complex patients/clients that consider their individual needs, preferences for treatments, health priorities and lifestyle.
  • Explain the role of the rehab specialist as part of the inter-professional health care team in the comprehensive assessment and treatment of older adults with complex medical problems.
  • Distinguish between complication, co-morbidity, and multi-morbidity and the implications of each on rehabilitation services.
  • Examine common medical conditions associated with aging and analyze their impact on body structures and function, activities, and participation.
  • Identify the association of multi-morbidity with elevated risk of death, disability, poor functional status, poor quality of life, and adverse drug events.
  • Analyze the role of rehabilitation specialists in the risk identification, prevention, and treatment of frailty.
  • Interpret how an older person’s health conditions and treatments interact and the potential effects on their functional independence and quality of life.
  • Prescribe appropriate therapeutic exercises/ activities and propose modifications for the older adult with complex medical conditions.
  • Apply concepts of adult learning to provide effective patient/client education for older adults and caregivers.

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 NY, KY, IL, TX and NC. Approved for PTs and PTAs in MD, CA, NJ, PA, and AR for 20 Clinical Contact Hours. Have applied for approval in OK and ID. This 20 contact hour course meets the guidelines of the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy for an acceptable continuing education activity. This 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. Our courses also meet the guidelines for approval in KS, PA, DC, AL, GA, MI, IN, WY, VA, AZ, DE, NH, OR, RI, WI, and MO. Courses are accepted for CEUs in NE, ID, MT, WA, CT, IA, and ND. 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 education. Provider #5363. This course is not approved by ASHA or 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.


7:30AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00AM – Introduction: Working with the older patient with multi-morbidity as a member of an inter-professional team; Complications, co-morbidity, multimorbidity – what’s the difference?

10:30AM – Break

10:45AM – Comprehensive geriatric assessment; evidence-based examination tools appropriate for the older adult with multi-morbidity

12:30PM – Working Lunch (Bring your own) Review of assessment tools

1:30PM – Assessment of common co-morbidities in older adults

4:15PM – Break

4:30PM – The effects of multi-morbidity on function and quality of life

6:00PM – Questions and Answers

6:30PM – Adjourn



7:30AM – Continental Breakfast

8:00AM – Developing comprehensive plans of care for medically complex patients/clients; Considerations for incorporating individual needs, preferences, health priorities and lifestyle to improve function

9:45AM – Break

10:00AM – Frailty: risks, prevention, and interventions; Evidence-based exercise for frail older adults

12:30PM – Working Lunch (on your own) Case Study

1:30PM – Selecting and modifying therapeutic exercises/activities for the older adult with complex medical conditions; Considerations for potential interactions between health conditions and interventions

3:30PM – Break

3:45PM – Putting it all together to provide optimal care for the older adult with multimorbidity: screening, examination, interventions, modification/adaptation, progression; outcomes

6:00PM – Questions and Answers

6:30PM – 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


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