PTA Focus 2012, Issue 2 FOCUS 2012 provides a 6-part series of monographs for the physical therapist assistant. We are fortunate to welcome Dr Jennifer Bottomley as the author for this series. Dr. Bottomley is a past president of the Section on Geriatrics of the APTA. She understands intimately the needs of older adults through her many volunteer ventures and her tireless advocacy on behalf of physical therapists working with older adults. The Section on Geriatrics invited Dr. Bottomley to author this series due to her interest in physical therapist assistants. She recently published a book through, Geriatric Rehabilitation: A Textbook for the Physical Therapist Assistant.

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Completion Instructions

To successfully complete this course, you must open and review all lessons and resources in the course. Once you have progressed through the course lessons and resources, you must take an assessment of learning. You are required to complete the assessment with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit. You may retake the assessment as many times as you like.

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Jennifer M. Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD, Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, CDE, CPRP, CEEAA

Learning objectives

After completing this module, you should be able to: 1. Identify and explain age-related changes to the musculoskeletal system. 2. Develop intervention strategies for the aging adult that reflect age- and pathology-related changes in the musculoskeletal system. 3. Explain the characteristics and functional markers of frailty. 4. Utilize exercise programs that reflect appropriate modification for the aging and frail adult. 5. Understand the measures and tests used to evaluate the older adult with musculoskeletal impairment and functional problems. 6. Discuss physical therapy management of musculoskeletal pathologies and following surgeries performed in aging adults. 7. Identify concepts of bone health and disease to be incorporated into treatment delivery including the importance of good nutrition and hydration. 8. Develop education for patient/clients/and others regarding age-related changes of the musculoskeletal system.


Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

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Domains:Sarcopenia, Geriatrics, Karen Kemmis, Muscle Atrophy, Jennifer M. Bottomley

The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  0.3
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Enrollment:Prior to  12/30/2020
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