The benefits of physical activity and exercise in older adults are well understood but many of us still struggle to motivate our patients/clients to engage in an active lifestyle. This webinar will address the psychology of motivation and theories of behavior change as they apply to encouraging physical activity in ageing adults. We will discuss changes that occur with aging which impact motivation, theories of behavior change, and tools to use based on the patient’s stage of behavior change.
Amy Walters is an assistant professor at the University of St. Augustine where she teaches geriatric physical therapy and pharmacology. Dr. Walters attended physical therapy school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, then received her doctorate from the College of St. Scholastica. She has worked in various settings including sports medicine, outpatient orthopedics, independent/assisted living, and home health. She has a specialty in both sports and geriatric physical therapy from ABPTS and obtained her CEEAA (Certified Expert for the Aging Adult) in 2019. She is currently working on her PhD in Health Psychology.
Dr. Ferreira is an Assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Austin, Texas, USA. She received her Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery from the University of Bombay, India after which she practiced for two years as a Homoeopathic Family practitioner. Dr. Ferreira received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas State University. She holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. In clinical practice, she has worked in Acute Care, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Long Term Acute Care and SNF. As a Director of Rehab for 10 years in SNF she enjoyed working with older adults. Dr. Ferreira’s research focus is on heart failure, cardiopulmonary diseases, diseases that impact older adults, autoimmune disorders, spina bifida musculoskeletal pathologies. She has several publications and peer-reviewed abstracts and has presented at various conferences.