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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Using A Strength- and Functionally-Based Approach

Lecture Name

Using A Strength- and Functionally-Based Approach     $119.80

This lecture is part of the following course:
Management of Patients With Dementia


Older adults with dementia are nine times as likely to require a stay in a skilled nursing facility as their cognitively intact counterparts. Skilled rehabilitation is an integral part of an older adult’s return to the optimal functional level of independence following an injury or illness. Patients with dementia pose unique challenges to rehabilitation professionals, as severe deficits in attention, judgment, memory, communication and language are common. The current literature demonstrates that patients with dementia can benefit as much from rehabilitation as individuals without dementia, but it is up to us as the rehabilitation professionals to understand how to maximize the strengths and abilities of these individuals to help meet our goals.

This course provides PTs with a better understanding of pathological cognitive aging, while discussing which parts of cognition remain the strongest throughout the progression of dementia. The lecture covers barriers to treatment, along with best practice and evidence-based approaches to overcome these challenges to improve functional outcomes for these patients. Current research regarding falls in cognitively impaired older adults, as well as the use of functionally-based exercise programs to enhance return, will be reviewed and highlighted to assist optimal outcomes during the rehabilitative process. Understanding the use of a strength-based approach will be emphasized to help PTs better treat this growing group of challenging patients.Florida Physical Therapy Association

Note: The audio for this course was recorded at the FPTA Annual Meeting.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

Contact Hours: 4.00


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the constructs affected during pathological cognitive aging.
  2. Distinguish the different types of dementia and their symptomology.
  3. Recognize the progression of dementia and appropriate treatment goals for each stage.
  4. Compare and contrast the differences between strength-based approaches and the traditional medical model.
  5. Appraise remaining strengths and domains requiring compensation in patients with dementia.
  6. Outline current evidenced-based interventions and best practices in literature.
  7. Utilize effective communication strategies and person-centered care to maximize patient outcomes.
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