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Interventions for Functional Mobility and Gait in the Aging Adult

presented by Tamara Gravano, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS, CEEAA

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Financial: Tamara Gravano is a faculty presenter and coadministrator of the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Geriatrics’ Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) course series.

Nonfinancial: Tamara Gravano has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 39 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 22 Minutes

The motor task of walking is ultimately a product of the characteristics of the individual and their environment. Healthcare professionals must be mindful of all components of gait and strategically integrate appropriate challenges when targeting gait interventions. This is the third in a series of three courses designed to present geriatric gait considerations in a systematic approach. The first course is an overview of the foundations of gait, age-related changes, and postural control. The second course focuses on choosing and using evidence-based examination tools.

This course offers healthcare practitioners evidence-based interventions to enhance gait and functional mobility in aging adults. Grounded in the results of functional outcome measures, participants will explore a comprehensive range of interventions tailored to individual patient needs.

Through analysis and comparison, participants will evaluate the effectiveness of various evidence-based interventions in improving gait and functional mobility. The course emphasizes the interpretation of supporting evidence and its application to different patient populations and healthcare settings, including diverse environmental conditions.

Participants will develop the skills to create individualized intervention plans by integrating functional outcome measure results with patient-specific goals and comorbidities. The demonstrated interventions span a wide range of settings and incorporate various techniques, such as task-specific training, resistance training, and balance exercises.

Throughout the course, participants will critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, fostering confident clinical decision-making and informed treatment approaches. By the course's conclusion, participants will be equipped with evidence-based strategies to optimize functional mobility and gait outcomes for aging adults, enhancing their overall quality of life.

Meet Your Instructor

Tamara Gravano, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS, CEEAA

Dr. Gravano is an associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and is the director of survey research at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She earned her BHS, MSPT, and transitional DPT from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and completed her EdD in leadership studies (emphasis in higher education…

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1. Evidence-Based Interventions for Gait and Functional Mobility

This chapter focuses on comparing different interventions and their applicability to specific patient populations and healthcare settings. Through a combination of lecture and demonstration, participants will gain insights into the effectiveness of various interventions in improving gait. Furthermore, the chapter showcases the practical application of interventions in different healthcare settings and with patients having diverse abilities. Understanding the comparative effectiveness and appropriate use of interventions based on patient characteristics and settings is crucial for healthcare professionals to deliver tailored and effective treatments to enhance gait and functional mobility in aging adults.

2. Creating the Plan of Care

This chapter focuses on the creation of evidence-based plans of care for individual patients, utilizing functional outcome measures as a foundation. Participants will learn how to develop personalized care plans that address specific functional needs and goals. By discussing the plan of care directly with the patient, healthcare professionals can ensure that interventions are aligned with the patient's preferences and foster a collaborative approach to treatment. This chapter highlights the importance of individualized care planning and effective communication in optimizing patient outcomes and promoting patient-centered care.

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