Geriatric Exercise - Principles and Practice for Optimal Function

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

This intermediate level course presents a comprehensive overview of geriatric exercise principles, including detailed information on differential diagnosis, and practice patterns pertaining to most geriatric syndromes that respond to a therapeutic exercise program.

Examination and evaluative procedures applicable for treating a patient without referral are included for each area of physical therapy practice, as needed in the direct access environment. Topics include: age-related musculoskeletal, trunk and lower extremity posture issues, gait and foot considerations, cardiovascular, pulmonary, cognitive and neurological dysfunctions, and a review of each major joint with problems and solutions addressed.

Exercise approaches for common age-related syndromes such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and stroke, Parkinsons disease, balance disorders, bladder dysfunction and peripheral neuropathy are addressed. The course is constructed on a guideline based model, with protocols for differential diagnosis as well as specifics on timelines and precautions. Techniques taught and practiced include postural and aerobic exercise, resistive and aerobic training, safe stretching, gait training, PNF, triplanar functional exercise, and manual therapy with contract/relax.

Evidence for efficacy of techniques is presented in the form of scientific literature references as well as slide and video patient case studies. The course manual includes a full set of ready for clinic exercise sheets, in addition to lecture notes and bibliography. This course are applicable for the therapist treating a patient without referral.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Understand evidence-based rationale for physical changes with aging.
  • Evaluate the effects of common drugs on geriatric exercise clients.
  • Choose specific evaluation tools for common problems associated with aging.
  • Design a wide variety of resistive exercise interventions for geriatric clients.
  • Create appropriate exercise interventions for impaired trunk posture.
  • Treat gait and mass movement impairments with PNF techniques.
  • Teach an osteoporosis dance, Tai Chi Walk, and tri-planar exercise for balance and coordination problems.
  • Apply resistive and aerobic training principles to both orthopaedic and neurologically impaired patients.
  • Correct kyphosis with forward head using mobilization with exercise.
  • Apply diagnosis-specific protocols when designing geriatric exercise interventions.
  • Instructor name

    Carleen Lindsey, PT, MscAH, GCS, CEEAA

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    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU. North American Seminars is and AOTA provider, provider #4487

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