Can Treating Geriatrics Be "Sexy"? Yes, by Adding Evidence, Movement, and Music
Section: Home Health Section
Co-Section: Academy of Geriatric PT
Session Code: HH-2A-9676
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 143ABC

Speaker(s):   Christine Childers, PT, MS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic

At CSM 2018, Miles Quiben, a well-respected member of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, suggested that to encourage more students into the field of geriatrics, we must make it "sexier." However, the skills needed for our geriatric clients, who make up a significant proportion of home health clients also require the clinician to be able to motivate the client. It is a 2-way problem: how to make patients want to work with therapists, and how to inspire therapists to work with geriatric patients. In this session, the speakers will show how clinicians can use music and movement to convert physical and psychological evidence-informed interventions into fun, exciting treatment sessions.Music and movement activities can be incorporated into all practice settings to improve balance, strengthening, and functional mobility. This session will tap into the prior experience of dance and the critical emotional experience of having fun and enjoying oneself. The movement and music interventions to be presented in this session differ from actual dance moves in that movement and music uses critical balance deficits and interventions and incorporate them into themed choreography to music appreciated by the older adult. These concepts have been tried and tested on the older adult population in a variety of settings. Clinicians will learn how to turn deficits into fun, active interventions.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Analyze the life events and experiences of our current cohort of geriatrics, to ensure age appropriate interventions.

2. Analyze the theories of motivation with respect to exercise participation in the older adult and apply them to interventions.

3. Analyze balance deficits as shown in outcome measures and address them in a fun, exciting manner.

4. Participate in movement and music activities that can be taken back to the clinic the next day.

CEU: 0

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