This course focuses on interventions for the older adult who is struggling to stay independent in the community or who is already receiving assistance. This population ranges from bed to wheelchair-bound, to older persons who may not be able to go to a gym to exercise.
It’s no surprise that the number of older persons is growing and that therapists are increasingly being asked to verify that the care they provide is effective and evidenced based. Many settings are also demanding that only the most cost effective and efficient care be provided.
The older adult who is not at a high, or even at a community level, is most at risk for decline. Hence the work of Physical and Occupational therapy is most critical. But we must provide the best, evidence based care.
Effective Interventions for Lower Level Patients provides concrete, evidence based treatment ideas in the areas of posture, flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance. A short piece will review the Moving Target Screen for Lower Level Older Adults and will be followed by specific interventions that can be used in any setting.
Join Dr. Carole Lewis as she discusses and demonstrates techniques you can use to provide your older, lower level patients with the best and most innovative care.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a performance-based functional assessment tool to be used with adults 50 years and older
to evaluate the key aspects of fitness central to optimal aging: posture, flexibility, balance, endurance, and strength? This
course presents and demonstrates such a tool, the Movement Target Screen (MTS). All of the measures that comprise the
MTS are supported by research and include predictive analysis; many include national norms.
Participants will learn the importance of these measures and observe how to correctly perform the assessment as well as
explain the implications to their patients/clients. Evidence-based exercises will be provided as suggested resources for
the problems identified and three case studies will be presented. How-to handouts are included that you can use in the
1. List the 15 assessments that comprise the AFIT, determine where patients/clients fit within the norms and cutoffs for these assessments, demonstrate competence in administering these tools, and describe their implications for optimal aging.
2. List 15 exercises for the remediation of the problems found in the AFIT and identify the evidence for using each exercise to address the specific deficit.
3. Select the appropriate intervention for the problems found on the AFIT.
4. Choose a marketing strategy for the medical and general community.
5. Identify motivation strategies to increase exercise adherence.
Most clinicians have extensive arsenals of treatment protocols they can use to address their patient's needs. But new information and new treatment options are published every day. Keeping up can feel like a full-time job. Or, you can take this 5-hour course in which Dr. Carole Lewis synthesizes the latest treatment research for older adults and breaks it down into the most clinically relevant options for physical and occupational therapists to use when treating older adults who have issues with posture, flexibility, balance, endurance, or strength.
The course touches on assessment, but it focuses on evidence-based treatment options for older adult that can be used in the clinic or the community. Learn about the most effective treatment protocols as Dr. Lewis demonstrates handouts, step by step protocols, and patient treatment plans are included.