Clinical Implications of the Physiological Changes of Aging: A Systems Review


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Course Description: 3 Hours (.3 CEUs)

This course describes the physiological age-related changes in the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiopulmonary systems that occur in the geriatric population and the resultant clinical implications affecting the delivery of physical therapy.  Current research will justify treatment recommendations.

Course Outline

Clinical Implications of the Physiological Changes of Aging: A Systems Review
Outline
3 Hours
Presenter: Kristen Wilson PT, DPT, GCS, NDT Trained
1. Describes the physiological changes associated with normal aging for the following systems:
a. Musculoskeletal system, specifically the periarticular connective tissue, hyaline cartilage, bone, muscle, and intervertebral discs
b. Neuromuscular system, specifically the brain and neuromuscular unit
c. Cardiopulmonary system, specifically the heart, peripheral vasculature, thorax and lungs,
2. Discusses the functional implications of the normal age-related changes and the effects these changes have on physical performance
3. Uses clinical research to justify the necessary clinical decision making
4. Reviews system specific contraindications and precautions for physical therapy intervention

Course Objectives:

After completing this course you will have a better understanding of the following:

  1. Normal age-related changes that occur in the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiopulmonary systems
  2. Strategies to improve delivery of physical therapy for the geriatric population including modalities,
    manual therapy, and exercise prescription/tolerance
  3. Precautions and contraindications pertinent to geriatric care
  4. Current research in geriatric physical therapy

Presenter: Kristen Wilson PT, DPT, GCS, NDT Trained

Kristen Wilson PT, DPT, GCS, NDT Trained is a practicing physical therapist in Glen Mills, PA.  She earned her Master’s degree from Ithaca College in New York, followed by her t-DPT from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Kristen completed Neurodevelopmental Technique Training in 2006 as well as was awarded American Physical Therapy Association Geriatric Certified Specialist in 2009.  Kristen has treated as a physical therapist in several areas of care including inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, home care, and outpatient therapy expanding her therapy repertoire across the entire continuum. In addition to treating in the clinic, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at Neumann University as well as lectures within the community and APTA.  Currently, Kristen is the co-owner of Action Potential in Glen Mills PA, a one-to-one outpatient clinic that specializes in treating neurological, geriatric, and amputee populations.

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants
Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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