Therapeutic Exercise and the Older Adult: An Evidence-Based Approach
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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
- 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.
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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.