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Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 update

from SOG

Good News! SOG is extending the deadline to receive contact hours until June 30. Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 will offer the course participant an increased depth of knowledge across several practice dimensions. The course begins with two niche practice areas; working with older adult drivers and older adults who are obese. Readers will understand how physical therapists can have a role in working with older adult drivers, even if we don't work in a setting with special equipment to specifically rehabilitate driving skills. Readers also will be introduced to the growing area of bariatrics across the health care continuum. In addition, there is an update on the role of the physical therapist in prevention of falls; what the latest research tells us and how we, as physical therapists, work with other team members. Readers also will gain insight into how physical therapists are successfully integrating public health in everyday practice and what physical therapists can offer in the public health arena. In the final 2 monographs, the reader will come away with a sound foundation to prescribe exercise for older adults and integrate the definition of "successful aging" into their practice. What does that mean for you and your practice area?

Educational Credit: 30 contact hours

Topics & Authors:
  • Physical Therapy Applications for Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers-Cheryl LaFollette Anderson, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS
  • Bariatric Geriatrics: Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults who are Obese-Michael L. Puthoff, PT, PhD
  • Fall Prevention-Celinda P. Evitt, PT, PhD, GCS
  • Health Promotions in Geriatric Care: The Collaboration Between Physical Therapy and Public Health-Kathryn K. Brewer, PT, GCS, MEd
  • Exercise Prescription for Older Adults-Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD and Patrick VanBeveren, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, CSCS
  • Successful Aging: Biopsychosocial and Environmental Implications for Physical Therapist Practice-Mary Thompson, PT, PhD, GCS

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this home study course the participant will be able to:
  1. Understand the role of the physical therapist when treating the older driver.
  2. Evaluate and formulate treatment strategies including equipment needs for older adults who are obese.
  3. Provide evidence-based falls prevention strategies.
  4. Define the role of physical therapy in public health.
  5. Prescribe exercise to the older adult using evidence-based guiding principles.
  6. Define successful aging and incorporate this definition into physical therapist practice.
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