Exercise Prescription and Rehabilitation Considerations for Older Adults?


About the Course 
This course is intended for rehabilitation professionals who participate in the care of older adults. The course explores the strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity deficits commonly seen in this population. Not only will it discuss the causes and contributing factors to these deficits, but it will also discuss assessment tools, evaluation techniques, standardized assessments, and patient interventions.

Learning Outcomes 
Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Differentiate three conditions that older adults are more susceptible to when they are physically inactive.
  • Review three key principles of exercise prescription.
  • Predict how one repetition maximum can be used for appropriate strengthening exercise prescription in older adults.
  • Differentiate two common muscles that require frequent stretching in older adults to maintain optimal function.
  • Classify three factors that are commonly responsible for impaired aerobic capacity and decreased occupational performance in older adults.
  • Order the 5 cardiovascular disease risk factors that older adults with impaired aerobic capacity should be screened for in order to maximize outcomes, improve occupational performance and reduce further decline. 
  • Relate the importance of interprofessional teamwork and communication regarding identification and management of cardiovascular disease risk factors.
  • Differentiate three tests and measures that are commonly used to assess aerobic capacity in older adults.
  • Review three aerobic exercise contraindications for older adults.
  • Predict three interventions that can be utilized with older adults to improve aerobic capacity and participate in daily activities and occupations.

About the Author/Presenter 
Dr. Suzanne Greenwalt, PT, DPT, CCS, CGS, has been a physical therapist since 2002 and has worked in a variety of settings. She has worked in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and most recently in skilled nursing facilities. She also has served in director roles at several skilled nursing facilities. Additionally, she is the program coordinator, mentor, and educator of a geriatric residency program. Dr. Greenwalt has been a faculty member in the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont University since 2013. Her teaching responsibilities include cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy lecture and lab, life span development, pharmacology, and clinical education. Her interest areas in patient care, teaching, and research are geriatrics, cardiopulmonary comorbidities in the geriatric population, and interprofessional education.

How to Receive Credit 

  • View the entire recording which requires a 3-hour commitment of time.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.  
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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Identification, Mitigation, and Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships 
The planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) of this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. 

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It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 
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Accreditations and Approvals 

AOTA logo Colibri Healthcare, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 9754. This Distance Learning-Independent course is offered at 0.3 CEUs, Intermediate, OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.