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Digital Seminar

Three Core Components for Geriatric Rehab — Yoga, Pilates & Strength Training

Deanna Lesmeister, PT, DPT, CWT, STS, CPI, CYI
5 Hours 43 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 18, 2018
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Keeping Seniors Healthy, Happy, and Mobile

Strength training, yoga, and Pilates are great ways to build muscles and enhance endurance. How effective are they for older adults? Many experts agree that these are among the best methods for older adults to stay fit during the aging process. Now, some are even using this method as an effective option for rehabilitation and post rehabilitation. From joint replacements to osteoporosis to TBI – these therapeutic techniques can improve core stabilization, neuromuscular re-education, and postural correction, which in turn leads to improved carryover after discharge.

Enable your patients to address and overcome a wide range of challenges they face with strength training techniques, yoga, and Pilates exercises tailor-made for the aging population. Let Deanna Lesmeister, PT, DPT, CWT, STS, CPI, CYI, a seasoned Physical Therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor for 25 years, will guide you through the hands-on labs geared toward those with weakened core strength, reduced musculature, and other unique limitations and/or injuries. Active demonstrations and case studies will provide you with a unique toolbox that can improve quality of life and increase independence for older clients.


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

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This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 5.5 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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DEANNA LESMEISTER, PT, DPT, CWT, STS, CPI, CYIhas been a practicing licensed physical therapist and clinical educator for the past 25 years. Dr. Lesmeister holds numerous national certifications in Pilates, strength training, and yoga, including being a certified Pilates instructor and a national presenter in the areas of Pilates and Physical Therapy. She is also the owner of D’Pilates Yoga and Physical Therapy in Plano, Texas, which she founded in 2005.

In conjunction with her practice, she also presides as the President of D’Pilates Physical Therapy and Education, a continuing education business providing certifications to physical and occupational therapists and various other healthcare professionals. With a Doctorate in physical therapy from Boston University and a Masters in Gerontology from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Lesmeister is a senior geriatric clinician and senior strength training specialist.

She integrates her extensive knowledge of the relationship between body and mind with their effects on the complete health and mobility picture throughout the aging process. Dr. Lesmeister is an accomplished speaker who has developed and taught Pilates and yoga courses on a local and national scale.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Deanna Lesmeister is the owner of D’Pilates Yoga & Physical Therapy, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Deanna Lesmeister has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Pinpoint physiological changes related to an aging client and identify how those changes influence strength training
  2. Determine the flexibility and functionality of clients in regard to their current mobility
  3. Incorporate strength training exercises into a comprehensive exercise program for older adults
  4. Identify effective therapeutic Pilates exercises to address specific challenges facing geriatric patients in rehab
  5. Identify effective therapeutic strength-training exercises to address dysfunction facing geriatric patients in rehab
  6. Discuss case studies to identify successful injury rehabilitation techniques used with older adults



  • Distinction between functional, chronological, and biological age
  • Unique physiological changes associated with older adults
  • Distinctive and atypical injuries in older adults


  • Balance and breathing: The benefits of yoga for older adults
  • Choosing correct yoga exercises for particular dysfunctions
  • Determining effective rehabilitation programs for unique injuries
  • Identifying varying levels of function and choosing appropriate modifications
  • Tips for teaching older adults yoga: experiences from the field


  • The Benefits
  • How Pilates fits into standardized assessments
  • Geriatric core training
    • Gentle and progressive Pilates
  • Identifying suitable Pilates exercises for specific injuries
  • Modifications of standard Pilates exercises for various levels of function
  • The challenge of training
    • How to teach to an older audience
    • Lab


  • The benefits
  • Functional strength
    • Assessment techniques to establish strength levels
  • Identifying dysfunction and designing appropriate strength training exercises
  • Injuries in older adults
    • Identify effective strength training exercises for specific injuries
  • Strength training and the older adult
    • Successful strategies for teaching
    • Lab


  • Identifying injuries or possible injuries
  • Pre/post-surgery assessment – The start to a successful program


  • The benefits of utilizing Pilates, yoga, and strength training
  • Case studies
    • Discovering nominal research and documentation
  • Case study examples and YOUR interpretation

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Personal Trainers


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