EIM Launches New Online Courses Focused on Healthy Aging Care

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Educational Series Helps Physical Therapists Manage Falls and Dementia in Growing Senior Population.

The Evidence In Motion (EIM) Institute of Health Professions is now offering an online educational series to prepare physical therapists for the unique challenges they will be facing as the population ages. The assessment, management and prevention of falls for patients with dementia are the focus of EIM’s Aging Care Series. Authored by the nationally recognized leader in healthy aging and falls prevention, Dr. Tiffany Shubert, MPT, PhD, the series is part of her work to improve senior care and distribute evidence-based, best practice falls prevention research and applications to clinicians. The courses included in the current series are Introduction to Dementia, Dementia and Falls, and Introduction to Wii-Hab.

According to the US Administration on Aging, by 2030 the number of individuals 65 years or older will exceed 72 million; more than double the number of seniors in 2000 ("Aging statistics," 2011). Falls among adults in this demographic are also on the rise (Centers for Disease Control, 2011):

  •     One in three adults over 65 falls each year
  •     Leading cause of injury deaths among adults 65 and older
  •     Over $19 billion in direct medical costs related to falls

“We can’t ignore the numbers. Our profession needs to make the necessary preparations for this boom in the senior population so we can provide these individuals, who wish to continue pursuing active lifestyles, with the care needed to keep them going,” states Larry Benz, DPT, MBA, EIM founder and principle. “While Louisville continues its momentum in the aging care sector, we want to position physical therapy as the best first choice in musculoskeletal care.”

The intent of EIM’s Aging Care Series is to give physical therapists the tools needed to design effective interventions for aging patients. The series incorporates proven, evidence-based interventions with a patient’s stage of dementia, level of risk for falls and level of function. Dr. Shubert presents several of her non-traditional and innovative techniques using video game platforms as aids in the treatment of aging patients. Introduction to Wii-Hab, discusses the emerging role of video games in neurological rehabilitation and geriatric practice and their integration into patient care.

“The impact of technology in how we deliver care cannot be ignored. The Wii is a first step in using technology to extend our ability to manage patients and there are several other technologies now available, such as the Microsoft Kinect System, which allow PTs to create meaningful activity for patients at all levels of function with neurologic deficits.”

Dr. Shubert, an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy, also serves as a research scientist at the UNC Institute on Aging and the UNC Center for Aging and Health. The primary focus of her research is healthy aging, falls prevention, and developing multi-disciplinary community-based interventions to create a continuum of care for older adults.

For more information on EIM and the Aging Care Series, please visit
http://www.evidenceinmotion.com/agingcareseries.aspx.

About EIM:
EIM is an educational institution committed to creating and promoting a culture of evidence-based practice (EBP) within the physical therapy profession. EIM seeks to develop long-term relationships with its partners, create collaborations, and assist practitioners with the integration of a comprehensive EBP approach to care. Our mission is to elevate the physical therapy profession and the role of physical therapists in healthcare delivery. EIM offers Continuing Education, Certification Tracks, Residencies, a Fellowship Program, a Musculoskeletal Transition DPT, and an Executive Program in Private Practice Management with optional Transition DPT. For more information, please visit EvidenceInMotion.com. You can also find EIM on Facebook and Twitter, @EIMTeam.

References:
Aging statistics. (2011, September 01). Retrieved from http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Aging_Statistics/index.aspx
Centers for Disease Control. (2011, September 16). Centers for disease control and prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html

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