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  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA
Peer Reviewer(s): Regula H. Robnett, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Item#: I6402
Contents: 1 Course Book (72 pages)
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Multidimensional Functional Assessment of the Older Adult, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # I6402
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Release Date: April 2, 2018

Expiration Date: April 2, 2021

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 functional assessment of older adults.


AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT, Client Factors; OT Process: Evaluation

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • 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.

Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, is an associate professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Toto obtained her doctoral 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, consultant, and researcher for more than 28 years in acute and long-term care, and in home- and community-based settings.

Regula H. Robnett, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is a professor in the occupational therapy department at the University of New England, in Portland, Maine, where she has taught for 22 years. Dr. Robnett received her master of science degree in occupational therapy from Colorado State University in 1991 and her doctoral degree 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, and communication and group intervention. She has served as chair of the Gerontology Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and is co-editor of Gerontology for the Health Care Professional. 

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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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