Multidimensional Functional Assessment of the Older Adult, 2nd edition

About the Course
The purpose of this basic-level course is to enable occupational therapy practitioners and other rehabilitation professionals to understand and assess functional performance in older adults using a multidimensional approach. This is an introductory course for practitioners who are new to this population or who desire a refresher on the most current evidence related to the functional assessment of older adults. Client factors (including physical, cognitive, and psychosocial) and their impact on performance skills will be reviewed. Using a “top-down” approach that looks broadly at the activities in which older adults engage, this course describes the most current evidence on health changes in aging from the perspective of their impact on performance in various areas of occupation, such as activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), health management, work/leisure, and social participation. In addition, participants will learn how contextual factors and the environment influence occupational performance. Information in this course will allow occupational therapy practitioners who work with older adults to maximize their efficiency and success in service delivery through a more evidence-based, functional approach to care.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe current demographics and current definitions of health, well-being, disability, and preclinical disability for older adults.
  • Define typical occupations of older adults.
  • Compare the benefits of various approaches to assessment in evaluating functional performance in older adults.
  • Recognize how age-related changes in client factors can influence functional performance in older adults.
  • Differentiate between contextual and environmental factors that have a potential impact on functional performance in older adults.
  • List additional factors that may impact the assessment of functional performance in older adults, including chronic health conditions, reimbursement, and client readiness for change.

About the Author
Carol Myers, OTR, MA, received a Bachelor of Psychology (BA) from the University of California-Berkeley, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and Master of Arts (MA) in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in Westminster, CO. Carol has been an occupational therapist for 38 years with experience in skilled nursing, acute care, home health, behavioral health, pediatrics (school based, home health, medical therapy units) and adult in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation. Carol is a certified Health and Wellness Coach. Carol has published several professional articles for ADVANCE and Elite Learning, developed three continuing education webinars, and edited several continuing education courses, in addition to developing a continuing education course through Elite Learning. Carol taught in the first occupational therapy program in Vietnam, and consulted in two special needs classes in India, and an autism center in Nepal in 2019.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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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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