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Human Development II - Topics in Geriatrics

PTA 222

Human Development II - Topics in Geriatrics

PTA 222

Course Description

Prerequisite: PTA 102, PTA 120, PTA 120L, PTA 121, PTA 123W, PTA 123LW, PTA 124, PTA 125, PTA 125LW, and LWA 206B, each with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade. Concurrent enrollment in PTA 205, PTA 205L, PTA 209, PTA 209L, PTA 210, PTA 210L, PTA 213, PTA 213L, PTA 214, PTA 216, and LWA 206C. Provides Theory and clinical application of normal and abnormal physical and cognitive development in the aging process and focus on a geriatric client. Prepares the student to perform physical therapy intervention as part of a physical therapist's plan of care under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. (30-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Discuss the applied gerontological concepts as they relate to aging and physical therapy treatment.

Objectives:

  • Define demographics of an aging population.
  • Compare and contrast theories of aging.
  • Compare and contrast age related changes in biology, physiology, and anatomy.
  • Describe the psychosocial aspects of aging.
  • Describe the pathological manifestations of aging.
  • Define types of mental, functional and physical therapy assessment instruments.

Apply a plan to geriatric rehabilitation including discussion, planning, treatment, and education.

Objectives:

  • Identify normal age-related changes of communication and modify treatment programs to reflect these changes.
  • Identify community based screening program needs for the geriatric population.
  • Discuss the pharmo-cokinetic changes that occur with the normal aging process and how the body responds to medications taken in the geriatric population.
  • Discuss the concepts of polypharmacy, adverse drug reactions, noncompliance, and how this may impact recovery of the geriatric population.
  • Discuss the psychological, behavioral, and cognitive aspects of aging and how they may play a role in carrying physical therapy treatment programs.
  • Discuss the nutritional needs in the elderly and how physiological changes can lead to malnutrition.
  • Discuss how application of physical agents may be altered to be safely and effectively applied to the geriatric population based on normal age-related changes.
  • Discuss how cultural diversity in the elderly can play a role in the recovery process.
  • Discuss how to modify educational materials for the geriatric population taking into consideration age-related learning, memory, intelligence, physical, and physiological changes.
  • Interact with nursing, recreational therapy, and social work staff in a fall prevention screening program at a local retirement community under supervision of a P.T.

Explain attitudes and ethics related to treatment of geriatric population.

Objectives:

  • Discuss care giver stress.
  • Identify and practice and advocate patient rights and patient dignity.
  • Understand informed consent.
  • Discuss death issues, e.g., living wills, euthanasia, terminal care, hospice, suicide, cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Discuss how understanding cultural diversity of the older population can play a role in recovery and overall health status.

Discuss potential legal and ethical issues pertaining to course content.

Objectives:

  • Describe an appropriate response to each legal/ethical clinical issues discussed in class.