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Dementia: Improving Physical Performance and Functional Mobility

presented by Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Video Runtime: 58 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 40 Minutes

In this course, Dr. Carrie Ciro focuses on four areas that impact physical performance in people with dementia. First, she discusses specific gait changes and evidence-based intervention for improving dementia-specific deficits. Second, she explores how pain impacts mobility and best practice management for assessing and managing pain. Third, she demonstrates assessment and activity plans that focus on meaningful movements needed to improve quality of life. Finally, the participant will consider evidence-based recommendations for fall risk.

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Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Carrie Ciro is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with adults/older adults in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, home health, and hospital care. Additionally, she has 20 years of academic experience teaching introductory-level…

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1. Making Mobility Activities Meaningful

Chapter one will introduce the importance and need for meaningful exercise and mobility activities for patients with dementia. Participants will learn how to deliver the Physical Performance Test in order to examine movement during activities. Dr. Carrie Ciro discusses how to make exercise meaningful for dementia patients based on individual necessity and personal goals.

2. Gait Changes in Dementia and Best Treatment

This chapter will address gait changes associated with aging, as well as the additional impact of known gait changes that stem from dementia. With this information, participants will be able to develop a treatment plan using evidence-based interventions in order to improve the lifestyle of those affected by dementia.

3. Assessment of Pain to Improve Mobility

In order to improve mobility, a thorough assessment of pain must be conducted before treatment. This chapter provides participants with the knowledge to apply guidelines for examining dementia-related pain in order to determine the best interventions to improve mobility. Emphasis is placed on utilizing a pain scale for dementia patients that have trouble with verbal communication, as well as on classifying the differences in pain perception and response between people afflicted with and without dementia.

4. Fall Risk and Prevention

This chapter will explore how dementia affects brain systems and impacts mobility skills, a consequence that contributes to, and increases the risk of falls. Participants will be able to understand variables that contribute to fall risk, and have the opportunity to investigate evidence-based programs that are designed to improve gait and reduce fall risk.

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