Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 4 Contact Hours

Odessa Addison, DPT, PhD

Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Veronica Southard, PT, DHSc, GCS, CEEAA
  • Jessica J. Bolduc, DrOT, MS, OTR/L
Item#: I6328
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Therapeutic Exercise and the Older Adult: An Evidence-Based Approach

Price $39.95
Item # I6328
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There is mounting evidence to support the importance of physical activity in improving health, mobility, and function in older adults. This basic-level course reviews the multiple age-related systemic changes that take place in the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems and describes how exercise may mitigate these changes; provides recommended exercise prescriptions for older adults; and describes how changes after an exercise intervention can be measured using several clinical measures that can routinely and easily be implemented in clinical practice. Finally, this course addresses special concerns such as the need for medical screening prior to establishing a new exercise program, and special considerations when prescribing exercise for individuals with the various comorbid conditions common in older populations. Equipped with this knowledge, OTs and OTAs should be able to comfortably prescribe, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive exercise program for older adults.

AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Intervention & Outcomes

Course Objectives
  • Describe the changes that take place in the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems with aging.  
  • Describe the benefits of aerobic and resistance exercise on age-related changes.
  • Explain appropriate therapeutic exercise interventions for an older adult.
  • Identify appropriate tests for clinical use to measure change after an aerobic or resistance exercise.
  • Explain special considerations during therapeutic exercise for older adults with comorbid conditions.
Odessa Addison, DPT, PhD, is a physical therapist with many years of experience in working with older adults. Dr. Addison received her DPT in 2005 and a doctorate in rehabilitation science in 2012, both from the University of Utah, where her focus of study was neuromuscular adaptations in the older adult. Her dissertation focused on how physical activity influences inflammation, fat in the muscle, and mobility in older adults. Dr. Addison has presented at the American Diabetes Association, the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section, and the Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging conference. Dr. Addison has written on a broad range of topics concerning exercise and older adults. Her writings have been published in the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy; Physical Therapy; the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy; and the Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging. She is currently completing a postdoctoral research fellowship in muscle metabolism and aging at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.
Veronica Southard, PT, DHSc, GCS, CEEAA, is a full-time associate professor in the physical therapy program at the New York Institute of Technology, where she teaches geriatrics, modalities, neurorehabilitation, orthopedics, and ADL/rehabilitation. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Hunter College in 1979 and an advanced master’s degree in physical therapy from Long Island University in 1986. In 2000, she became board-certified in geriatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In addition, she earned a doctorate in health sciences from the University of St. Augustine in 2004. She received certification as an exercise expert for aging adults in 2010 through the APTA Section on Geriatrics. Dr. Southard has practiced in nursing homes, rehabilitation, acute care, outpatient services, and pediatrics. She currently practices in home health. She is interested in vestibular rehabilitation, and has published on topics pertaining to older adults with impairments in balance, falls, congestive heart failure, and Parkinson’s disease. Her research also examines the effects of exercise and outcomes assessment tools.

Jessica J. Bolduc, DrOT, MS, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with eight years of experience working with adults in the physical dysfunction setting. Dr. Bolduc received a master’s of science degree in 2005 from the University of New England and a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Bolduc has practiced in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, acute care, home health agencies, and outpatient practices. Her primary interests are neurorehabilitation and the integration of evidence-based research into clinical practice and adult learning. She has published case studies in OT Practice linking evidence-based research to clinical practice with clients post-stroke. Her doctoral research focused on the medication management capacity of clients post-stroke.

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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.