Geriatric Physical Therapy: Module 2

Geriatric Physical Therapy: Module 2
Geriatric Physical Therapy: Module 2
SKU: 762

By Andrew A. Guccione, PT, PhD, DPT, APTA, Rita Wong, EdD, PT and Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD.

These courses are offered in cooperation with Elsevier Health and utilize the hardback textbook, “Geriatric Physical Therapy, 3rd Edition” by Andrew A. Guccione, PT, PhD, DPT, APTA, Rita Wong, EdD, PT and Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD.

These courses offer a comprehensive presentation of geriatric physical therapy science and practice, with practical information on aging-related changes in function, the impact of these changes on patient examination and evaluation, and intervention approaches that maximize optimal aging. It emphasizes evidence-based content that you can use throughout the patient management process and includes the foundational knowledge you need for clinical success.

Module 1: covers foundations of geriatric care, demography, mortality, and morbidity of older adults, the physiology of age-relate and lifestyle-related decline, geriatric pharmacology and exercise and physical activity for older adults.

Module 2: covers contexts for examination and interventions including patient management principles, sensory and cognition changes in the older adult, evaluation of the acute and medically complex patient, motivation and patient education and the families of older adults.

Module 3: covers evaluation, diagnosis and the plan of care including assessments of aerobic capacity, endurance, joint mobility, muscle performance, motor control, posture, ambulation, functional mobility, balance and falls.

Module 4: covers special problems and interventions including impaired integumentary integrity, urinary incontinence, pain management, lower-limb orthoses and prosthetic management for older adults with lower limb amputations.

Module 5: covers special populations and the continuum of care including wellness for the aging adult, home health, hospice, the senior athlete and older adults with developmental disabilities.

Course Length: 15.0 contact hours

Instructional level: Intermediate


This package contains the reading and testing materials for Module 2 only.


Geriatric Physical Therapy: Module 2

Course Goals and Objectives:

Course Goals: This course is intended to instruct the student through self-paced study on the contexts for examination and treatment interventions when treating a geriatric adult.

Student Objectives:

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify components of the relationship between health and function

2. Differentiate between the components of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) developed by the World Health Organization (WHO)

3. Differentiate between the 6 elements of patient/client management

4. Identify components of a patient medical history

5. Differentiate between accommodations to enhance functioning for older individuals experiencing sensory losses

6. Differentiate between changes in visual acuity, visual field, illumination, glare, accommodation, dark adaptation and depth perception in the aging adult

7. Differentiate between conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss

8. Understand general principles environmental design for accommodating age-related changes in the adult

9. Differentiate special considerations for older individuals with dementia and their interaction with their environment

10. Differentiate between characteristics of depression

11. Differentiate between common depression scales and identify clues of depression in older adults

12. Differentiate between delirium, dementia and major depression

13. Differentiate common drugs used to treat depression and their common side effects

14. Identify 6 recommendations for a cognitively active lifestyle

15. Identify common risk factors for delirium

16. Differentiate between the 4 types of dementia

17. Specify general treatment principles for the management of dementia

18. Identify common medications used for dementia and their common side effects

19. Identify common clinical laboratory studies and their function

20. Differentiate between the causes and clinical signs and symptoms of electrolyte abnormalities

21. Specify risk factors for coronary artery disease

22. Specify common risk factors associated with Type 2 diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis

23. Differentiate between different abnormal breath sounds and what dysfunctions could explain the abnormalities

24. Specify the signs and symptoms of nutritional deficiency

25. Specify the signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease

26. Specify the signs and symptoms associated with heart failure

27. Specify the clinical evaluation findings associated with pneumonia

28. Differentiate between the signs and symptoms of sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock

29. Specify common causes of vertigo

30. Specify common signs and symptoms of dehydration

31. Specify normal physiological changes associated with aging that can influence motivation

32. Specify tools to measure motivation and factors that influence motivation

33. Specify effective strategies to help motivate the older adult

34. Specify reasons for therapist control of the treatment goal-setting process

35. Identify the vastness of today’s family structure

36. Specify key information-seeking questions health professionals may ask to recognize and respond to the patterns and dynamics within a family system experiencing a health-related crisis.

37. Identify key components in being a caregiver for a family member

38. Specify possible consequences during driving when an aging adult begins to experience different medical conditions

39. Identify resources about older adult driving safety available for aging drivers and family caregivers

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