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Orthotics and Prosthetics: Special Considerations for the Aging Adult

presented by Tamara Gravano, PT, DPT, EdD

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Financial: Tamara Gravano receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Tamara Gravano is a coauthor of the textbook Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation 4th Edition (4th edition). She is also a faculty presenter and coadministrator of the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Geriatric's Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults course series. Tamara 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: 80 minutes, Learning Assessment: 54 minutes
There is a growing demand to address mobility and functional needs in the aging adult population. Aging adults are expected to represent over 20% of all Americans by 2040 and will require healthcare practitioners with the specific knowledge, skills, and training to address the inherent complexities of care. For many aging adults, the ability to engage in daily activities may entail the use of an orthotic or prosthetic.
This course will provide the healthcare practitioner an overview of special considerations for the aging adult who uses orthotics or prosthetics to participate in meaningful activities. A review of the common orthotics and prosthetics available, their benefits, and their use with aging adults will assist clinicians in making the best clinical decisions for their patients.

Meet Your Instructor

Tamara Gravano, PT, DPT, EdD

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. Review of Age-Related Changes Relative to the Use of O&P

In this chapter, learners will recognize the growing need for orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) training and education for aging adults, review the aging systems as they relate to the use of O&P, and correlate the specific age-related changes of the major body systems (cardiovascular, integumentary, musculoskeletal, neurologic) to the use of O&P.

2. Orthotics Foundations

In this chapter, learners will review the foundations of orthotics terms, uses, and goals and compare the characteristics of orthotics for spinal, UE, and LE conditions.

3. Prosthetics Foundations

In this chapter, learners will review the foundations of prosthetics terms, uses, and goals and compare the characteristics of prosthetics for UE and LE needs.

4. Rehabilitation Approaches for the Aging Adult: Assessment

In this chapter, learners will analyze valid and reliable clinical examination tools for aging adults with orthotics or prosthetics and apply the available evidence to make informed clinical decisions regarding selecting outcome measures for the aging client.

5. Rehabilitation Approaches for the Aging Adult: Plans of Care

In this chapter, learners will analyze advanced mobility skills in aging patients with orthotics or prosthetics and compare rehabilitation plan of care options for aging adults with orthotics or prosthetics.

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