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Rehabilitation Strategies for the Older Adult with Multi-Morbidity

Seminar Description:

20 Contact Hours

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. 

Course Objectives

  • 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.

Your Instructor


Dr. Debra Gray, PT, DHSc, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, GCCST, FSOAE, CAPS has focused her physical therapy career in geriatrics and has worked in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, home care, and community based settings. She received a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Simmons College and a Doctor of Health Science from the University of Indianapolis as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University and a Master of Education from the University of Wisconsin. She has the following specialty certifications: Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS), Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult (CEEAA), Geriatric Training Certification (GCCST), Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), and Functional Standards for Optimal Aging Expert (FSOAE). Debra is a co-editor of “Physical Therapy for the Older Adult: Examination and Intervention: An Evidence-based Approach” with Dr. Carole Lewis. She is currently an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and is the owner/manager of Gray Therapy, Education, and Consulting.

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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.

Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $545

Late Fee = add $25

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