Course Description

Individuals with dementia often require physical therapy. Dementia may be either a primary diagnosis or a co-morbidity or complexity. In either case the needs of the individual with dementia and his/her caregivers can present unique challenges to the treating therapist and the interprofessional care team. The ability to develop an effective strategy when working with patients with dementia is critical in ensuring optimal outcomes. This presentation will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the impact of dementia on the therapeutic process and techniques for developing an effective treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of this patient population.

Meet our Speakers

Dawn Bookshar PT, DPT, is a regional clinical director for Genesis Rehab Services, where she provides clinical support for the skilled nursing, long-term care, assisted living, and independent living settings. Prior to this role she has worked primarily in skilled nursing and long-term care since 2005. Bookshar earned her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Ohio University, an MBA in health care from Baldwin Wallace College, and her doctor of physical therapy degree from The University of Montana. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy. Bookshar’s focus areas of practice include interdisciplinary dementia care, falls prevention and management, physical agent modalities, and geriatric strength training. She frequently lectures on documentation, dementia care and management, physical agent modalities, geriatric strength training, functional seating and positioning, falls risk management and prevention, and medically complex patients. She is actively involved in the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, as secretary and a member of the chapter’s Conference Committee.

Nicole Lavoie, PT, DPT, GCS Dr. Lavoie holds a BS in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 1993 and Doctor of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2013. She received her GCS in 1999 and in 2015 became a Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult. Dr. Lavoie has worked with a varied and dynamic older adult population for the majority of her clinical experience. She is currently a Regional Clinical Director for Genesis Rehab Services where she supports physical therapy clinicians in all aspects of clinical practice. She has extensive education and experience with clients with all aspects of cognitive impairments with a focus on Alzheimer’s Dementia. Dr. Lavoie has also authored courses and has been a dementia educator for many years.

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Completion Instructions

Review the pre-recorded content; complete the assessment with at least a 70% score; claim your certificate.

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Dawn Bookshar, PT, DPT, GCS; Nicole Lavoie, PT, DPT, GCS

Learning objectives

Through participation in this blended, interactive program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define dementia and describe the diagnostic and disease management processes
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of key stages of dementia and the impact on the physical therapy plan of care
  3. Implement treatment interventions that consider the stage of dementia
  4. Demonstrate quality documentation related to dementia in assessments, goals, and treatment interventions
  5. Discuss current evidence supporting Physical Therapy interventions for patients with cognitive impairment
  6. Understand regulatory, reimbursement, and professional association guidance specific to the role of physical therapy in addressing the unique needs of this patient population


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2Assessment - Rehab of Individuals With Dementia
Type:E-Learning Course
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Domains:dementia, Dawn Bookshar, Lavoie
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