Rehabilitation approaches to Neurologic & Geriatric Populations: Theory, Evidence and Practical Application Presented by Brady Whetten, PT, DPT

Be ready to interact! Be ready to be challenged! This course offers the latest clinical and evidence based advances in treating those with neurologic impairment or those with common conditions associated with aging: imbalance, chronic dizziness, and arthritic conditions leading to stenosis, joint replacement, and the like.

Individualizing Your Intervention: Rehabilitation for Cognitively Impaired and Geriatric Clients presented by Dr. Robert Winningham, Ph.D and Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS

Course Description: Cognitive impairment directly impacts all functional activities, from walking to dressing to speaking. Relearning these activities can be challenging for both geriatric and cognitively impaired patients. For successful outcomes, these patients need an individualized approach that addresses their specific cognitive abilities. This intermediate level course was developed to help rehabilitation professionals individualize their approach for each patient, with focused consideration on their abilities and barriers.Do you treat some of the following:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Brain injury from stroke or trauma
  • No awareness of their impairments
  • Depression, apathy or pessimism
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Older adults with memory problems
  • Agitation, anger, or personality disorder

The approaches presented will be supported by research and will focus on improving functional independence in communication, mobility and ADLs. We have enhanced the learning experience with patient videotapes and lab experiences. Come to learn about evaluation, screening, treatment and reimbursement for cognition in just 1 ¬Ω days!

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will be ready to implement effective strategies in enhancing functional independence in clients with cognitive impairment. They will identify appropriate strategies to remove classic barriers to learning: attention, awareness, and memory.
  2. Participants will be able to identify and direct intervention toward reducing cognitive, personality and mental health barriers (e.g., depression)
  3. Participants will be able to identify and apply contemporary research and clinical advances in cognitive and geriatric rehabilitation.
  4. Participants will be well prepared to optimize reimbursement in cognitive rehabilitation.
  5. Participants will be ready to develop their own geriatric wellness and cognitive enhancement program.
  6. YOU will learn how to improve YOUR memory!

Course Outline:

7:30 – 7:55 Registration
7:55 – 8:00 General conference information
8:00 – 9:50 New discoveries in memory; neuroplasticity in cognition and aging
9:50 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:45 Barriers to learning and functional attention, awareness and memory
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch — on your own
12:45 – 1:45 Using psychology in the clinic: motivating depressed & apathetic patients
1:45 – 2:00 Applying psychological principles: videotape case studies
2:00 – 2:45 Agitation management, dementia, TBI, personality disorders, medication effects
2:45 – 3:45 What can YOU do differently in the clinic tomorrow? Case studies by videotape: What should (and shouldn’t) this look like?
Day 2
8:00 – 8:30 Reimbursement: Getting paid for cognitive rehabilitation?
8:35 – 10:00 Lab: applications by case studies: Parkinsons, Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Brain Injury
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:30 Prehabilitation and videotapes of cognitive enhancement programs AND 25 ways to improve your patient’s (and your) memory

Become a Certified Geriatric Wellness Instructor

Course Description: Open to licensed professionals of all disciplines and caregivers for persons with cognitive impairment. In addition, the course is ideal for those who work in assisted living, skilled nursing or home health care settings.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be given the opportunity to take an examination to become a Certified Geriatric Wellness Center provider.

Certification will include all current materials for the GWC – including the necessary templates to develop your own GWC, as well as access to the GWC website for updates as long as they remain certified providers.

Course Objectives

Certified Geriatric Wellness Center Instructors will have the knowledge and skills to implement a successful cognitive enhancement and wellness program. These programs can be adapted to various settings, including:

  • Group based classes for independent community dwelling older adults (e.g., classes at a senior center)
  • Group based classes for older adults living in assisted living (e.g., classes as a part of the activities program)
  • Home health care programs that help to provide cognitive stimulation to home bound older adults
  • One-on-one classes organized by caregivers who want to be able to help loved ones or friends maintain or even improve memory ability.

Course Outline

Friday Noon-5:00p

  • Overview
  • Use it or lose it: Improving Memory Ability
  • Understanding dementia and memory loss
  • Observe actual Geriatric Wellness Center Classes (Salem classes only)
  • Different types of cognitive enhancement activities

Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm

  • Balance, attention, and dual tasking
  • Fall prevention
  • Modifying the environment
  • Memory and Cognition: What is it and how can it be improved
  • Memory and the Brain: Exercise all areas of the brain
  • Nutrition, mood, social support, and physical exercise
  • Developing you own Geriatric Wellness Program
  • Curriculum development
  • Participant management: How to handle issues common in the cognitively impaired

Rehabilitating Your Approach: Maximizing Outcomes in Patients with Cognitive Impairment, Depression, Fear and Dementia presented by Dr. Robert Winningham, Ph.D

Course Description: Patients with cognitive impairment often have difficulty with functional activities as well as learning or relearning behaviors in the clinic. Many clients are functioning below their potential, because of fear or other psychological barriers. In addition, depressed, unmotivated, apathetic and/or anxious clients often do not benefit from treatment as much as others. As you know, these patients often pose difficult challenges for therapists.In this exciting and unique course we will learn and discuss how to increase the efficacy of our treatment with patients who have cognitive impairment, depression, or difficult personality disorders. Therapists will learn how to individualize their treatment interventions for difficult populations in this intermediate course. Therapists will also get practical ideas, tools, and strategies they will be able to immediately put into practice.

If you treat patients with the following conditions then this course is for you:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinsons’ Disease
  • Brain injury from stroke or trauma
  • No awareness of their impairments
  • Depression
  • Apathy
  • Extreme lack of motivation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Older adults with memory problems
  • Patients that fall or are fearful of falling

The approaches presented will be evidence-based, supported by research and will focus on improving functional independence, mobility, ADLs, and even memory ability. Videotaped clinical case studies and examples will be used to illustrate and reinforce the ideas and techniques.

Course Objectives
  • Participants will be ready to implement effective strategies that enhance functional independence in clients with cognitive impairment. They will be able to identify strategies to remove common barriers to learning.
  • Participants will be able identify psychological barriers to learning (e.g., subtypes of depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and maladaptive thinking patterns).
  • Participants will be able to employ effective strategies to overcome psychological barriers to learning.
  • Participants will be able to modify treatment techniques in order to allow cognitively impaired patients to learn new skills.

Course Outline:

7:30 – 7:55 Registration
7:55 – 8:00 General conference information
8:00 – 9:30 New discoveries in memory, aging, and neuroplasticity can improve treatment efficacy
9:30 – 9:40 Break
9:40-10:45 How can you help cognitively impaired patients learn and remember better?
10:45-12:00 Using psychology in the clinic: Maximizing learning and treatment outcomes in your unmotivated, depressed, apathetic, fearful and/or anxious patients
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch — on your own
1:00 – 1:45 Using psychology in the clinic: Maximizing functional independence and carryover. Functioning better in a variety of settings, and with different caregivers. Motivating depressed, apathetic, and/or anxious patients
1:45 – 2:50 Prehabilitation: Taking advantage of the use it or lose it principle to maintain or enhance memory ability in older adults
2:50-3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:45 25 ways to improve your patients‚ (and your) memory ability

Beyond Balance: Evidence Based Practice Enhancing Quality of Life in the Geriatric Patient presented by Jennifer Coulter, MPT, GCS

Course Description: This one-day course will provide an active learning environment for therapists and assistants to gain knowledge of the appropriate tools to evaluate the geriatric patient in an objective manor with respect to balance, gait, strength and endurance and select innovative interventions to maximize their functional abilities. It is designed to expose the clinician to functional scale evaluation in an evidence-based mode. Insights into these tests will be provided to cover functional assessments of clients from the acute care setting through community dwelling older adults. Included will be active participation of how to design your interventions (such as body-weight supported treadmill protocols) and goals based on the scale results to effect a positive change in your geriatric patients. The day will conclude with the exploration of appropriate clinical decision making in each setting by participant activities presented in case study format for practical application with video clips showcasing innovative treatments.
Course Objectives: After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Choose and implement the appropriate functional scale for their patient status and setting.
  2. Identify reliable reimbursement and marketing options for fall prevention programs.
  3. Develop objective measurable treatment interventions and goals based on the functional scales used.
  4. Discuss the rationale and purpose for each functional scale presented.
  5. Quantify a geriatric patients balance, fear of falling and fall risk using the functional scales presented.
  6. Make a greater impact on reducing falls in their community!

Course Outline:

7:30 – 7:55 Registration
7:55 – 8:00 General conference information
8:00 – 9:50 Age-specific changes with balance
9:50 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:15 Functional Scale Assessment: What can I do differently in the clinic tomorrow?
10:15 – 11:45 Balance and Gait Assessments
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch on your own
12:45 – 1:30 Muscular Strength and Endurance Assessments
1:30 – 2:40 Innovative Treatment Interventions. Videotape applications.
2:40 – 3:00 Reimbursement for your fall prevention program
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 Putting it all together: Case Study Activities

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The Present and future of Neurologic and Geriatric Rehabilitation: Practical Applications for You to Use Now! presented by Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS

Course Description: This is an intermediate to advanced course for clinicians interested in taking their practice to the next level. Come to find out how to tap into neuroplasticity, improve your patient’s function, and your success! Mr. Studer will present case study videotape to enhance the learning experience – allowing you to see how to apply these techniques immediately. Are you coming? Your competitors are…
Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to apply new treatment techniques to maximize their patient’s functional independence in mobility and ADLs.
  2. Participants will be able to understand and directly apply recent research in stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia, brain injury and arthritis to their clinical practice.
  3. Participants will be able to manage their high risk faller more successfully.
  4. Participants will be able to improve outcomes in their patients with complaints of dizziness, distractibility, and weakness.
  5. Participants will be able to GET PAID FOR DOING ALL OF THEIR WORK – with objective, measurable outcomes.
Course Outline:

8:00 – 8:45 The case for intensity. Neuroplasticity in the clinic
8:45 – 10:00 What is missing in rehabilitation today? Advances in treating the cognitively impaired and frail geriatric patient
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 Р11:45 Changing your mindset: from maintenance to improvement: Parkinson’s, MS and chronic stroke (> 1year post-onset)
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch (on your own)
12:45 – 2:00 Acute Stroke: apraxia, aphasia, pusher syndrome
2:00 – 3:00 Acute TBI, and cerebellar impairment — from severely impaired to the community
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Improving outcomes in difficult cases: dementia, non-surgical arthritic patient, chronic dizziness and the high frequency faller
4:00 – 4:30 More videotape applications, case studies, and questions

Participant comments:
“Thank you, I have applied some of my learning from the course on several clients and the change is notable especially in attention and engaging the client, this has been the best course I have taken in years”

Independence and Beyond: Innovative Treatments for Enhancing the Quality of Life in the Geriatric Patient presented by Jennifer Coulter, MPT, GCS

Course Description: This one-day course will provide an active learning environment for therapists and assistants to gain knowledge of how to design innovative treatment interventions using appropriate tools to evaluate the geriatric patient in an objective manor with respect to balance, gait, strength and endurance and their functional abilities. Included will be active participation in how to design your interventions and goals (and updating of goals) based on objective assessment and patient feedback to effect a positive, patient-centered and measurable change in your geriatric patients – what MDs, payers, family members and most importantly PATIENTS are looking for! The day will conclude with practical application in a case-study format with video clips showcasing innovative treatments.

Course Objectives: After attending this course, participants will be able to:

1.    Choose and implement the appropriate assessment for their patient status and setting;

2.    Formulate and update objective goals that are meaningful to your patients;

3.

Design innovative, patient-centered interventions;

4.¬†¬†¬† Make a greater impact on outcomes of your geriatric patient’s course of treatment!

Course Outline:

7:30 – 7:55 Registration
7:55 – 8:00 General conference information
8:00 – 9:50 Age-specific & Diagnosis-specific changes in gait, balance and mobility
9:50 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:30 Patient-centered, functional assessment
11:30 – 12:00 Goal design concepts
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 Treatment design concepts
1:30 – 2:45 Innovative Treatment Interventions. Videotape applications.
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:15 Putting it all together: Case Study Activities

Speaker info:

Jenny Coulter, MPT, GCS, received her B.S. in Physical Therapy (1993) and her Master’s (1994) in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Ms. Coulter has been Board Certified by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in Geriatrics since 2005. She has spoken locally for over 10 years and nationally since 2003. Her work experience with older adults spans the continuum of care including acute care, outpatient clinics, long-term care, home health and community outreach with education presentations and screening for fall prevention. Ms. Coulter currently is employed by Providence Health System in Portland, OR working in the areas of home health and ElderPlace [A program of all-inclusive care (PACE) for the elderly]. She has been involved in her community and workplace to raise awareness of these issues and is the current APTA Geriatrics Balance and Falls Special Interest Group Nominating Chair. Her current professional memberships include the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).