Course Description for Lifespan Geriatrics
Description: In this course a comprehensive view of the geriatric physical therapy patient will be presented. To that end this course has two basic components: a psychosocial component and a physical therapy practice component. The psychosocial component will provide an in depth discussion of the demographics of the elderly in the United States, theories of aging, transition to old age, dementia, sexuality, and falls. It will also address the perceptions clinicians and society have on aging and the elderly. Ageism will be also be addressed in some depth. The physical therapy practice component of the course will address those medical conditions commonly found in the elderly that require physical therapy intervention. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be expected to be able to discuss the necessary current practice management strategies for geriatric physical therapy patients, taking into account the psychosocial and physical aspects of his/her geriatric patient.