Exercise Prescription for the Older Adult With Multiple Chronic Conditions
Section: Geriatrics
Session Code: GR-2B-2449
Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Indiana Convention Center
Room: Room 241

Speaker(s):   Cathy Ciolek, DPT, GCS
  Greg Hartley, DPT
  Jill Heitzman, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS, CWS, CEEAA, FACCWS
  William Staples, DHSc

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

The growth in the number and proportion of older adults in the United States has reached an unprecedented rate, with 2 out of 3 older Americans having multiple chronic conditions. Health care costs for this population accounts for 66% of the country's total health care spending. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants will work with older adults with multiple chronic conditions in every practice setting. It is imperative that clinicians use exercise prescription principles that appropriately challenge their patients to maximize their physical function via strengthening, aerobic conditioning, gait, and balance interventions that meet guidelines for dose, intensity, frequency, and duration. Functional outcome tools can assist with the development of an exercise prescription and provide the information needed to meet current regulatory requirements. This session will discuss appropriate functional outcome measures that can be used for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and how to use data generated to develop a comprehensive evidence-based exercise program.

Learning Objectives:
1. Summarize 5 functional outcome measures that are appropriate to use for older adults with multiple chronic condition.
2. Formulate a comprehensive exercise program to address aerobic, strength, gait, and balance impairments associated with the most prevalent chronic conditions in older adults.
3. Critique case examples of exercise programs commonly used across the continuum of care to determine if they meet the exercise principles needed to effect positive change.

CEU: 0.2

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