Optimizing Functional Mobility in the Older Adult

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

As the population ages, there is a continual growing need for physical and occupational therapists and other health care providers to develop comprehensive solutions to maximize mobility and achieve positive functional outcomes. This intermediate-level course will utilize the best evidence-based research in examination and treatment techniques for older adults and apply them to results-driven clinical practices. This course will teach clinicians how to perform a comprehensive examination of older adults with orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiopulmonary diagnoses as well as other pathologies with an emphasis on integrating findings into the development of the plan of care. A variety of tests and interventions will be practiced in labs to allow participants the opportunity to practice the concepts discussed during lectures, such as appropriate strength training for older adults and treatment of vestibular disorders. Since vestibular disorders may be missed in older adults, identification and treatment of vestibular impairment is vital to successful outcomes in this population to prevent further injury and to establish a successful path toward functional mobility. This course will also include implications of other diagnoses common to older adults such as diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, hip fracture, and several other diagnoses. Case studies will be used for participants to practice problem solving and clinical decision making in older adults. The information in this course can be adapted for all practice settings including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities/subacute, outpatient, and home care. This evidence-based course will incorporate current and relevant information to develop an individualized treatment plan to improve functional outcomes in your patients. A comprehensive manual will supplement the didactic and lab portions of the course.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Identify the effects of aging and pathology on limitations in activities and participation.
  • Perform a comprehensive examination of older adults selecting appropriate tests and measures based on the individual’s presentation.
  • Recognize fall risk factors in older adults and develop an appropriate plan of care to address these factors.
  • Perform an examination of the vestibular system and demonstrate appropriate treatments for BPPV and vestibular hypofunction.
  • Explain how to incorporate an evidence based interventions into a plan of care for older adults.
  • Design appropriate exercise prescriptions for older adults with a variety of impairments and comorbidities.
  • Discuss the effect of medications on older adults and how it impacts rehab progression.
  • Design a comprehensive treatment plan for older adult patients incorporating all impaired systems, impact of medications, and patient goals.
  • Instructor name

    Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, NCS

    I have a passion for dispelling myths that surround aging such as “ falls are a normal part of aging”
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    PT OT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

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

    October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019

    16 hours of CME credit

    John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine

    Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Tuition $ 450.00

    Course Approval: Approved for re-licensure in this state for PT, PTA, OT and AT
    Pennsylvania Board Approved for 16 General Hrs
    New Jersey Board Approved Number 1802-49



    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

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

    North American Seminars, Inc. is an AOTA provider for continuing education. Provider number 4487. Please download the specific course brochure for the AOTA classification and allotted AOTA hours. The AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products or clinical procedures.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU.

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Call for evidence-based status. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

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    Online Continuing Education Course Resource For This Course

    PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

    Vestibular Rehabilitation - Evaluation and Treatment

    Price when purchased with registration: $ 79.95

    Delivery: DVD (if DVD - delivered to course site)

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