Continuing Education Conference: Geriatric Rehabilitation

In Part one of the series featuring the live continuing education offerings at Rehab Rally Conference & Expo 2011 we reviewed Tract 1: Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. Today, the spotlight is on Tract 2: Geriatric Rehabilitation

Friday, July 29th 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Session 201: Treating Balance and Fall Prevention for the Geriatric Patient
Geoff Mosley, PT, NCS

Falls are a leading cause of disability and death among the elderly. It is often that the issues leading to a fall are commonly attributed to the effects of aging alone. However, the causes of falls are multifaceted and often include balance and mobility impairments that are a result of disease processes. Many of these impairments are amenable to therapy intervention. In this course we will outline many of the risk factors and impairments leading to fall risk, how to evaluate high risk patients, and ideas for intervention. This course will include discussion of the therapy management of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, and specific sensory disorders that lead to imbalance and falls. In addition to addressing risk factors and physical therapy management, we will also go over prevention strategies for both home and institutional settings.

Friday, July 29th 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Session 202: Body Weight Supported Gait Training for the Geriatric Patient
Geoff Mosley, PT, NCS

Body weight supported gait training (BWSGT) has been an increasingly popular treatment modality in both research literature and the therapy clinic. While the focus of this treatment is most often in neurological rehabilitation settings, BWSGT is a useful tool in any setting where patients have less than ideal walking abilities. In this course we will go over the principles of BWSGT, the science behind them, and how to apply these to the geriatric population. We will detail the physiologic basis by which BWSGT has its training effects and how to best utilize it with various patient diagnoses and impairments. We will also discuss the unique needs of the geriatric patient and how BWSGT can maximize the patient's therapy outcomes while minimizing risks.

Saturday, July 30th 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Session 203: Pharmacology for the Rehabilitation Specialist - The Geriatric Patient
Suzanne L. Tinsley, PhD, PT

Rehabilitation professionals often encounter patients prescribed a multitude of medications used to treat the disease processes connected with aging and additional, unrelated co-morbidities. This seminar will use case examples to present a brief summary of some of the medications often seen in the geriatric patient and to demonstrate the relationship between a patient's medications and therapy. Stress will be placed on medications used in the treatment of cognitive irregularities of the aging, balance/vestibular-related deficits and will also acknowledge other medications often seen in the geriatric patient.

Saturday, July 30th 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Session 204: Functional Testing for the Aging Adult
Jon DeBord, PT, MS, ATC, SCS

Functional Testing for the Aging Adult discusses the relevance, the dependability and the power of frequently-used functional tests for the geriatric population. Tests included in the discussion will comprise of the FIM, the Tinetti Balance and Gait Assessment, the Timed Up and Go, the Berg Balance Measure and several other specific functional tests. Contemporary and significant literature, exploring performance thresholds, sensitivity and preciseness of each test, will be examined.

Sunday July 31st 8 a.m. - Noon
Session 205: Enhancing Functional Outcomes Through Seating and Positioning
Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Enhancing Functional Outcomes Through Seating and Positioning presents fundamentals for use in the geriatric population setting and is designed to provide the skills needed to identify, assess and treat related problems. Seating and positioning has become a mandatory skill for most rehabilitation professionals, especially those practicing in assisted living facilities, skilled nursing homes and other similar settings. Common situations and conditions will be addressed, as will the basics of seating and positioning evaluation and intervention practices. This seminar highlights the essential abilities required to successfully produce functioning outcomes.

For more information regarding Tract 2: Geriatric Rehabilitation visit HomeCEUs course catalog. Or, call us toll-free at 1-800-554-2387.

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