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Seminar Details

Title: Geriatric Neurology in the Medically Complex Client
Date(s): 10/6/2017- 10/7/2017
Time: 8:30-4:30
Location/Facility: MedStar Washington Hospital Center
City, ST Washington, DC
Discipline: Occupational Therapy - Physical Therapy
Subject: Orthopedic
Seminar Sponsor: Education Resources, Inc.
Phone Number: (508) 359-6533
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Course Speaker: Jennifer M. Bottomley, PT, Ph. D, MS

Contact Hours: 13.5

Course Description: 

Learn evaluation and treatment protocols most appropriate for medically complex older persons with neurological dysfunction. This course will focus on clinical decision making to prioritize key exam findings and develop appropriate treatment strategies in light of complex presentations and co-morbidities. Modifying functional mobility training and therapeutic exercise will be discussed.

Evidence-based information on specific neurological assessment and treatment of older clients with Parkinsons Disease, Stroke, Alzheimers Disease, balance and gait disorders, neuro-sensory pathologies, and pain problems will be provided. An evaluative model for looking at neurological dysfunction from a complex medical perspective across the spectrum of care will be addressed. The major pathologies that will be highlighted include Parkinsons disease, Cerebral Vascular Accidents, and the neurological manifestations of Alzheimers disease. A focus on balance and falls, functional mobility, evaluation of numerous causes of dizziness and physical changes, and treatment interventions aimed at decreasing the incidence of falls will also be included. 

Course Objectives: 

         Identify treatment strategies that promote optima lmobility and function.

         Modify functional mobility training and therapeutic exercise appropriate for the frail elderly and medically complex neurologic patient.

         Identify strategies that decrease length of stay, decrease readmission and keep patients at home promoting functional mobility and independence.

         Determine appropriate assessment and intervention approaches in light of complex physiologic presentation and co-morbidities.

         Evaluate clients with Parkinsons, Stroke, Alzheimer's Disease utilizing multiple physical and functional assessment tools and design effective treatment interventions to maximize function.

         Develop specific approaches to assess and intervene with balance and falls in the older person using a variety of screening and evaluative tools and innovative interventions including environmental design.

         Understand the key exam findings in light of complex neurologically involved patients which impact clinical decision making in prioritizing treatment approaches.