Archive: APTA Conference 2013 Programming: Updates in Geriatrics and Neurology

  • This is archived programming for APTA Conference 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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    Thursday, June 27


    Alzheimer Disease and Balance Training: The Tipping Point

    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Julie D. Ries, PT, PhD

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    Historically, it was believed that gait and balance impairments were late sequelae to Alzheimer disease (AD); however, recent evidence has demonstrated their presence earlier in the course of the disease. Balance training has been demonstrated to be successful in improving balance and decreasing falls in older adults, but researchers are only beginning to evaluate balance training in individuals with AD. This session will review the latest evidence on exercise interventions for individuals with AD, offer practical suggestions for creating and implementing successful therapeutic interventions for individuals with AD, and suggest appropriate outcome measures for assessing the effectiveness of these exercise interventions.

    Safe Patient Mobility in a Rehabilitation Environment

    Time: 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Barbara V. Feth, PT, DPT, PT; Marianne Dexter, RN

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    US health care leads all industry in the number of lost work days due to musculoskeletal injury, and health care worker injury occurs at a rate 7 times the national average. Direct and indirect costs associated with caregiver back injuries are as high as $20 billion a year. Health care workers with the greatest risk of back injuries are nurses’ aides, LPNs, RNs, and PTs. This course will examine the process, challenges, and benefits of developing and implementing a multidisciplinary safe patient handling program in a system of 99 acute rehabilitation hospitals.

    Friday, June 28

    Understanding Elder Self-Neglect: What Physical Therapists Must Know

    Time: 8:00 am - 9:30 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: John Halphen, MD, JD; Jason Burnett, MS, PhD(c); Carolyn Kelley, PT, DSc, NCS

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    Older adults who experience elder abuse are 3 to 6 times more likely to experience early mortality. Although elder mistreatment is more commonly associated with cognitive impairments, self-neglect behaviors appear to be highly associated with untreated medical conditions and impaired basic and instrumental activities of daily living (ADLs). This session will address elder self-neglect, a serious and under-recognized public health issue, and speakers will discuss the prevalence, incidence, and risk factors; types of elder self-neglect; a validated screening tool; and requirements for reporting. They will present new evidence that the most common adult protective services referrals are for adults with untreated medical conditions and impaired ADLs.

    Saturday, June 29

    Osteoarthritis Update for the Knee: A Mini-Symposium on the Pathology and Rehabilitation for Non-Surgical and Surgical Approaches

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Scott Euype, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS; Gary Calabrese, PT; Richard Parker, MD

    CEUs: .3 (3.0 contact hours/CCUs)

    Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of musculoskeletal pain in adults in the United States. Physical therapy addresses the associated pain and incorporates strength training, manual therapy, modalities, and weight reduction methods. Recent advances and longitudinal clinical outcomes in other disciplines may provide additional new treatment approaches. This 3-hour symposium will provide an overview of the current literature regarding surgical and nonsurgical approaches in the treatment of osteoarthritis. The speakers will discuss current clinical evidence demonstrating the efficacy of each approach and provide the participant with information to be used in the rehabilitation of their patients with knee osteoarthritis.

    Anticipatory Postural Adjustments: Translating Research Findings to the Clinic

    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Diane Nichols PT, NCS; Susan Ryerson, PT, DSc

    CEUs: .3 (3.0 contact hours/CCUs)

    While clinicians routinely set goals of improving postural control when working with people with central nervous system pathology, do we specifically retrain anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) to minimize postural instability and maintain balance? What are APAs? How are they altered or modified? Can we adapt research findings to create an APA intervention protocol? Through lecture, slides, and a video presentation, this workshop will provide a template for translating research findings into clinical correlates. The speakers will describe ongoing research studies designed to retrain APAs in people post stroke and with mild traumatic brain injury.

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