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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Odessa Addison, DPT, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Veronica Southard, PT, DHSc, GCS, CEEAA
Item#: Q3534
Contents: 1 Course Book (72 pages)
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Exercise Prescription Management of the Older Adult: An Evidence-Based Approach, 2nd Edition

Price $39.95
Item # Q3534
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: January 5, 2018

Expiration Date: January 5, 2021

This intermediate level course is designed to educate PTs and PTAs on the implementation of exercise prescriptions in older adults. This course reviews the multiple age-related systemic changes that take place in the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems and describe how exercise may mitigate these changes. Recommended exercise prescriptions according to the most recent American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for older adults are provided. Additionally, the course covers common barriers for exercise participation in older adults.

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

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Ohio PTs & PTAs - Approval #18S7395 (6/12/18 to 6/12/19)

Florida & Indiana PTs & PTAs – PT boards in your state accept this course based on pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1808-100 (2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Course Objectives

  • Describe the changes that take place in the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems with aging.
  • Describe the benefits and explain an appropriate exercise intervention to mitigate age-related changes.
  • Explain common barriers to exercise in older adults.
  • 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, the Gerontological Society of America, and the International Conference for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research. 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 a research associate at the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.

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 American Physical Therapy Association 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.

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.