Disciplines: Physical Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Odessa Addison, DPT, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Veronica Southard, PT, DHSc, GCS, CEEAA
Item#: Q3438
Content: 1 Course Book (66 pages)
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Exercise Prescription and Management of the Older Adult: An Evidence-Based Approach

Price $29.95
Item # Q3438
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

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 describe how changes after an exercise intervention can be gauged 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, PTs and PTAs should be able to comfortably prescribe, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive exercise program for older adults.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1611021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Florida PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) approval #CE16-25981. Approval of this course does not necessarily imply FPTA supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.

California PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approve courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval  #201710682

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 in mitigating age-related changes.
  • Explain an appropriate exercise intervention for an older adult.
  • Identify appropriate tests for clinical use to measure change after an aerobic or resistance exercise intervention.
  • Explain special considerations when prescribing exercise for older adults with comorbid conditions.

Odessa Addison, DPT, PhD, is a physical therapist with many years of experience 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 influenced 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 post-doctoral research fellowship in muscle metabolism and aging at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.

Veronica Southard, PT, DHSc, GCS, CEEAA, is a full-time associate professor in the physical therapy program at 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 was 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.




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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.