APTA Geriatrics @ Combined Sections Meeting 2017

PreConference Programming


PreConference Course: Working with Cognitive/Mental Health Issues Across the Care Continuum; Two Days

Date: February 14-15, 2017

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Speaker(s): Michelle Criss, PT, DPT, GCS ; Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS; Grace Knott, PT, GCS;  Jean Miles, PT;  Betsy Ross, DPT;  Christine Ross, PT, DPT, GCS, CDP;  Michele Stanley, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA;  Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT;  Laura White, PT, DScPT, GCS;

This two-day interactive course is designed for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who seek greater proficiency in working with people with cognitive/mental health conditions. Common acute/acquired/chronic health medical conditions and the exacerbation/progression of degenerative conditions both impact cognition/mental health and the PT plan of care. Prehabilitation, rehabilitation, and habilitation practices across the care continuum will be discussed through presentations, video analysis, and interactive discussions of case studies. Multiple principles, concepts, and treatment interventions will be presented for achievement of optimal outcomes. These include: motor learning, spaced retrieval, Montessori-based dementia programming, errorless learning strategies, cuing techniques, movement analysis, durable medical equipment considerations, special safety precautions, and developing/progressing caregiver health literacy and self-care management skills. Documentation strategies and billing criteria specific to the delivery of physical therapy services will be highlighted. The primary goals of this course are: 1) to translate cognitive/mental health research into PT practice across the care continuum; and 2) to improve communication and the effectiveness of care plans between providers in all settings who are working with these populations.

PreConference Course: Tai Chi Fundamentals Training Program: Levels 1 and 2; Two Days

Date: February 14-15, 2017

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Speaker(s): Kristine Hallisy, PT, DSc, OCS, CMPT, CEEAA

This 2-day course teaches all elements required for levels 1 and 2 certification in the Tai Chi Fundamentals (TCF) Training Program. Systematic reviews suggest that Tai Chi practice can positively impact balance, improve strength, flexibility and cardiovascular function, foster emotional health and improve sleep, immune system response, and bone mineral density. Participants learn tai chi mind-body principles, TCF movement patterns with side-support, walker support and seated adaptations, and section 1 of TCF form. Participants learn and perform the ROM? Dance. Tai Chi movement is introduced in a developmental progression with biomechanical analysis. Mind-body exercise including breath and sensory awareness and visualization are incorporated. This program has a wide range of applications for therapy, and it can be used in a variety of treatment settings. TCF can be taught individually or in group settings.
Note: TCF certification requires 30 contact hours, home practice, additional fees, written and movement exams.

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