Optimal Aging Mastery Course Evidence-Based Interventions for Older Adults
Finding the right rehab plan for your older clients can be difficult! You need to integrate effective strategies that meet their needs without jeopardizing any other limitations they may have, all while trying to keep their interest to ensure the take home exercises are being done.
That’s why we’ve partnered with international geriatric expert and innovator in optimal aging, Carole Lewis, PT, DPT, GCS, GTC, MPA, MSG, PhD, FSOAE, FAPTA, to bring you this comprehensive mastery course to step you through how to discern your clients’ physical deficits and strengths to help them age successfully.
You’ll walk away with evidence-based exercises to evaluate the key aspects of fitness central to optimal aging and learn to develop individualized treatment plans for each of your clients’ unique needs:
- The AFIT (Adult Functional Independence Test) – supported by research that includes predictive analysis and national norms
- Over 30 exercises for posture, flexibility, endurance, strength, and balance
- Evidence-based practice, standardized tests, clinical reasoning, goal setting and documentation
- First-hand demonstrations and client case studies
- And so much more!
Keeping up with new information and new treatment options can feel like a full-time job, which is why we will narrow it down for you, step you through the latest treatment research for older adults, and break it down into the most clinically relevant options for physical and occupational therapists.
With AFIT becoming the go-to assessment standard, Dr. Carole Lewis gives you the tools you need to help this growing population of baby-boomers prevent additional injuries, minimize discomfort, and improve their physical functioning…
Advance your knowledge and your practice! Transform your practice and your clients’ lives with the knowledge you’ll gain from this online course and the new-found confidence you’ll have in your abilities!
You will gain a better understanding of the importance of these measures and observe how to correctly perform the assessment as well as explain the implications to your patients/clients. Walk away with evidence-based exercises for the problems identified and learn first-hand how to use them through three case studies.
In Session 1, you will learn:
- 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.
- 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.
- Appropriate interventions for the problems found on the AFIT.
- Marketing strategies to help inform the medical and general community.
- Motivational techniques to increase exercise adherence.
We’ll touch on assessment, but focus on evidence-based treatment options for older adults that can be used in the clinic or the community. Learn about the most effective treatment protocols as Dr. Lewis demonstrates their use. Handouts, step by step protocols, and patient treatment plans are included.
In Session 2, you’ll walk away able to:
- Demonstrate 30 different exercises for posture, flexibility, endurance, strength, and balance that are evidenced based
- Explain why these exercises are important and why EBM is important
- Monitor proper execution and progression of these exercises
- Use 2 evidence-based taping techniques for posture
- Describe 2 evidence-based mobilization techniques for posture and several for flexibility
- Explain how to prioritize interventions for older adults
- Discuss lower level interventions for older adults
This Bonus video 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 AFIT Level 2 and will be followed by specific interventions that can be used in any setting.
Dr. Carole Lewis will discuss and demonstrate techniques you can use to provide your older, lower level patients with the best and most innovative care.