Geriatric Neurology in the Medically Complex Client

Course Description:

Learn evaluation and treatment protocols most appropriate for medically complex older persons with neurological dysfunction. This course will focus on clinical decision making to prioritize key exam findings and develop appropriate treatment strategies in light of complex presentations and co-morbidities. Modifying functional mobility training and therapeutic exercise will be discussed.

Evidence-based information on specific neurological assessment and treatment of older clients with Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, balance and gait disorders, neuro-sensory pathologies, and pain problems will be provided. An evaluative model for looking at neurological dysfunction from a complex medical perspective across the spectrum of care will be addressed. The major pathologies that will be highlighted include Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Vascular Accidents, and the neurological manifestations of Alzheimer’s disease. A focus on balance and falls, functional mobility, evaluation of numerous causes of dizziness and physical changes, and treatment interventions aimed at decreasing the incidence of falls will also be included.

At the conclusion of this course the participant will be able to:

• Identify treatment strategies that promote optimal
mobility and function.
• Modify functional mobility training and therapeutic
exercise appropriate for the frail elderly and medically complex neurologic patient.
Identify strategies thad decrease length of stay, decrease readmission and keep patients at homepromoting functional mobility and independence.
• Determine appropriate assessment and intervention approaches in light of complex physiologic
presentation and co-morbidities.
• Evaluate clients with Parkinson’s, Stroke, Alzheimer's
Disease utilizing multiple physical and functional
assessment tools and design effective treatment
interventions to maximize function.
• Develop specific approaches to assess and intervene
with balance and falls in the older person using a
variety of screening and evaluative tools and innovative interventions including environmental design.
• Understand the key exam findings in light of complex neurologically involved patients which impact clinical decision making in prioritizing treatment approaches.

 

 

What others are saying:

"This was one of the best courses I’ve ever taken. Dr. Bottomley was extremely knowledgeable about the material presented and she offered many original treatment ideas, which were beneficial in my PT practice. I can’t wait to go back to the clients with some new ideas!" -Lynn Javer

"Dr. Bottomley is a fabulous presenter- so knowledgeable and experienced but always able to relate the information. It was a pleasure to take this course." -Stephanie Baggett

"Fortunate is the student who has Jennifer Bottomley for an instructor and mentor, and fortunate is the patient who has her for a physical therapist! She is what we all should aspire to be. Information is presented clearly and concisely with a dose of humor to keep it entertaining and maintain our attention span. Her love and her knowledge of her subject matter shine through, as does her compassion and empathy for those with whom she works. The information she presents is practical and doesn\'t require lots of time or expensive equipment. She almost makes me wish I were at the beginning of my career rather than the end!"- Barbara Williams

Instructor(s):

Jennifer Bottomley

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Session 1 June 20-21, 2014
Arlington, TX (Map)
435.00/person

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Session 2 October 24-25, 2014
Weymouth, MA (Map)
435.00/person

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Session 3 November 14-15, 2014
Minneapolis, MN (Map)
435.00/person

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Session 4 December 5-6, 2014
Englewood, NJ (Map)
435.00/person

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