Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA
Peer Reviewer(s): Regula H. Robnett, PhD, OTR/L
Item#: I6321
1 Course Book (62 pages)

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Multidimensional Functional Assessment of the Older Adult

Price $39.95
Item # I6321
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Occupational therapy practitioners play a pivotal role in maximizing function, participation, and well-being for adults age 65 and older – the fastest growing segment of the population. Using a “top-down” multidimensional approach that looks broadly at the activities in which older adults engage, this basic-level course presents current evidence on the assessment of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes in aging from the perspective of the impact of these changes on performance in various areas of occupation, such as activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), work/leisure, and social participation. The course also examines how contextual factors and the environment influence functional performance.

AOTA Content Focus - OT Domain: Areas of Occupation, Performance Skills & Context

Course Objectives

  • Describe current demographics, health trends, and the typical occupations of adults age 65 and older.
  • Define health, well-being, and successful aging for older adults as these relate to occupational performance.
  • Identify the benefits of a “top-down” approach for assessing functional performance in older adults
  • Describe how a top-down approach is used to assess areas of occupation in older adults.
  • Recognize how age-related changes in physical, cognitive and psychosocial factors, and the presence of chronic conditions, can influence occupational performance in older adults.
  • Differentiate between the contextual and environmental factors that have a potential impact on function in older adults.
  • List additional factors that may impact the functional assessment of older adults, including setting, caregiver needs, reimbursement, and client readiness for change.
Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, is an assistant professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Toto obtained her doctorate degree in rehabilitation science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, where she also obtained her master of science degree in healthcare supervision and management (1996) and her bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy (1989). Dr. Toto is board certified in gerontology by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), a fellow of the AOTA for her leadership in gerontology, and a former chairperson of the AOTA Gerontology Special Interest Section. Dr. Toto has worked with older adults and their families as an occupational therapist, clinical specialist, and consultant for more than 20 years in acute and long-term care in home- and community-based settings.
Regula H. Robnett, PhD, OTR/L, is a professor in the occupational therapy department at the University of New England, in Portland, Maine, where she has taught for 17 years. Dr. Robnett received her master of science degree in occupational therapy from Colorado State University in 1991 and her PhD in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in 2007. Her expertise is in cognition and aging, occupation-based cognitive rehabilitation and assessment, gerontology, psychometrics, and productive aging. She teaches occupational therapy in the realm of older adults, analysis of occupation, integrative practice with adults, research methods, neuro-occupation, and communication and group intervention. She has served as chair of the Gerontology Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.