Full Course Description
2-Day: Functional Aging: Tools & Techniques to Improve Outcomes in Older Patients
- Analyze physiological changes associated with aging.
- Determine and administer outcome measures to identify functional mobility and balance impairments in elders.
- Apply integrative interventions, including manual therapy, fascial release, joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise, balance and neuromuscular re-education, and functional training to improve functional capacity in elders.
- Analyze alternative medicine approaches to improve mobility and balance, to reduce pain, and to improve functional quality of life.
- Design an effective plan of care to produce a measurable difference in mobility, balance, pain and function.
- Practice skilled documentation to show functional change using standardized exams.
- Analyze current evidence regarding the efficacy of specific clinical interventions on functional outcomes in elders.
FUNCTIONAL MOBILITY AND BALANCE ASSESSMENT IN ELDERS
- Balance definitions, systems and strategies
- Aging process and epidemiology of falls
- Risk factors in aging, medications, medical and degenerative processes
FUNCTION AND BALANCE ASSESSMENT
GAIT AND BALANCE ASSESSMENT TESTS
INTERVENTIONS TO ENHANCE BALANCE AND PREVENT FALLS
- Exercise program design: Active Balance Clinic (ABC)
- Tai Chi
- What studies say about balance tools and interventions
- Fall reduction, rates and risks
- AGS panel recommendations on balance
FUNCTIONAL OUTCOME TESTS DISCUSSION
- Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE)
- Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA)
- Barthel Index
- Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS)
- Functional Autonomy Measurement System (SMAF)
- Lower extremity functional scales (LEFS)
- Disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand (DASH)
- Measuring myofascial pain
- Trigger points
- Muscle weakness
INTERVENTIONS FOR PAIN REDUCTION, MOBILITY PROMOTION AND FUNCTION
- Manual therapy
- Neuromuscular techniques
- Integrative medicine
IMPROVING MOBILITY, STRENGTH AND FUNCTION, AND REDUCING PAIN
- Myofascial release
- Positional release
- Joint mobilization
- Neuromuscular re-education
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AND HOLISTIC APPROACHES TO IMPROVE MOBILITY
- Address behavioral and cognitive issues
- Reduce pain in elders
- Relaxation induction
CASE STUDIES AND GROUP PROBLEM SOLVING Copyright :
Advances in Strength Training for Older Adults
- Assess normal age-related changes and will develop treatment plans to minimize those effects to accommodate for the normal age-related changes.
- Analyze when weakness, deconditioning, poor posture, faulty movement habits, and poor core stability affect function and formulate the best treatment strategies to address these problems.
- Apply evidence-based treatment plans to strength training principles to enhance patient outcomes across various diagnosis and injuries.
- Analyze the proper balance between core muscles in the maintenance of spinal health and specific treatment approaches to address spinal changes with aging.
- Skillfully assess older patients for gait, balance, strength, coordination, flexibility with specific outcome measures using the recently established guidelines and recommendation.
- Integrate the risks and precautions for osteoporosis treatment exercises, treatment and prevention of frailty fractures and the dietary requirement to promote bone healing.
- Integrate motivation and engagement into treatment plans to enhance patient compliance.
How Changes in The Aging Patient Population Impact Your Work
Geriatric Functional Testing and Assessment Toolbox for:
- Musculoskeletal and postural changes
- Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
- Cardiovascular changes
- Vision and hearing changes
- Joint replacement
- Aging and disease processes
- The impact of medications and the contraindications as indicated in the BEERs criteria as published by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
Fall Prevention Essentials
- Range of motion
- Aerobic capacity
- Sensory-motor assessment
Physical Exercise Programs and Implementation:
- Quick tips to fallers
- Reduce fall risk, minimize fall impact and injury
- Fall recovery
- Reduce environmental fall risks
- Strategies for home safety
- Impact comorbidities have on an individual’s fall risk, including arthritis, stroke, neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
- Care after a fall and conduct a root cause analysis when a fall occurs to identify patient, environmental and systemic conditions that may have led to a fall
- Safe transfer techniques, wheelchair safety and evaluation of assistance devices
Working with Special Populations
- Safe and Effective Exercise for Aging Adults
- Precautions to exercise in the elderly
- Intensity and frequency considerations
- Exercises and accommodations for:
- Pain management
- Building strength and endurance
- Improving balance
- Increasing mobility
- Aerobic conditioning
- Recognize red flags and contraindication to exercise
- Tips to optimize motivation and compliance
Nutritional Screening and Requirements
- Cardiovascular patients
- Limited mobility (chair bound)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Parkinson’s dis
Optimize Documentation for Better Outcomes and Reimbursement
- Specific needs for those with Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis. diabetes
- Use of skilled terminology, avoidance of red flags, and adequate, concise documentation.