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Jennifer Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD

Jennifer Bottomley Instructor Bio:
Jennifer M. Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD, embodies the characteristics of leadership, having worked on committees and task forces and behind the scenes to advance the goals and vision of the profession of physical therapy for 40 years. Bottomley is an independent geriatric rehabilitation program consultant, advisor, and educator. Previously, she held clinical roles at Sunspectrum of Concord’s Outpatient Division of Sundance Rehabilitation, Hillhaven Corporation, and Cushing Hospital. She has been a faculty member at Harvard Medical School’s Division on Aging and MGH Institute of Health Professions, and has been associated with University Hospital of Boston and Henry Ford Hospital. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences from Union Institute of Cincinnati, PhD in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, MS from MGH Institute of Health Professions, and BS from the University of Wisconsin.

Bottomley's colleagues report that she employs the qualities of listening, awareness, persuasion, and foresight when advocating for APTA to develop the governance department; she played a vital role in the conceptualization of the department itself. In addition, she had the foresight to advocate for APTA to recognize the importance of the profession in Medicare law and regulations. Because of her efforts, APTA made lobbying from the geriatric perspective a priority. Bottomley participates in Lobby Day at the State House, has served as a key contact for the Massachusetts Chapter, and is a key contact for APTA’s Department of Government Affairs as well. As a clinician, she has long recognized the importance and value of providing pro bono services and is active in elder homeless initiatives, including incorporating student physical therapists into the provision of pro bono services, a first for the state of Massachusetts.

A member of APTA since 1971, Bottomley has been involved with the Wisconsin, Michigan, and Massachusetts chapters, and has been active in the Section on Geriatrics since 1986, including as president and vice president. Within her community, she volunteers with free screening for the elderly in low-income housing projects. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Mary MacDonald Distinguished Service Award, the Section on Geratrics’ Service Award, APTA's Recognition & Appreciation Award, the Maley Lectureship, and the Rich Kessler Memorial Award from the Massachusetts Chapter.

Jennifer Bottomley's Continuing Education Courses

Rehabilitation Considerations: Geriatric Neurology Part A

Rehabilitation Considerations: Geriatric Neurology Part A

This course is the first part of a three-part series designed to provide the clinician with the tools necessary to treat older adults who present with natural and pathologic changes in their nervous system. Part A provides an overview of… Read Morearrow_right

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Rehabilitation Considerations: Geriatric Neurology Part B

Rehabilitation Considerations: Geriatric Neurology Part B

This course is the second part of a three-part series designed to provide the clinician with the tools necessary to treat older adults who present with natural and pathologic changes in their nervous system. In part B, the physiologic changes… Read Morearrow_right

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Rehabilitation Considerations: Geriatric Neurology Part C

Rehabilitation Considerations: Geriatric Neurology Part C

This course is the third part of a three-part series designed to provide the clinician with the tools necessary to treat older adults who present with natural and pathologic changes in their nervous system. In part C, the continuum of confusion/delirium,… Read Morearrow_right

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The Aging Brain, Part A: Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

The Aging Brain, Part A: Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

This course, with Jennifer Bottomley, is designed to provide the clinician with an overview of the central neurological changes that occur with aging, as well as the pathological manifestations of the aging brain. The clinical features… Read Morearrow_right

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The Aging Brain, Part B: Alzheimer’s - Clinical Signs and Symptoms

The Aging Brain, Part B: Alzheimer’s - Clinical Signs and Symptoms

This course, with Jennifer Bottomley, is designed to provide the clinician with a in-depth understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The clinical features of the disease will be discussed, including common terms associated with AD. The… Read Morearrow_right

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Medical Complexity Part 1: Defining Frailty and Age-Related Changes

Medical Complexity Part 1: Defining Frailty and Age-Related Changes

This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

This seminar focuses on changes specific to the aging process that lead… Read Morearrow_right

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Medical Complexity Part 2: Defining Frailty and Age-Related Changes

Medical Complexity Part 2: Defining Frailty and Age-Related Changes

This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

This seminar focuses on changes specific to the aging process that lead… Read Morearrow_right

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Functional Cognition Part 1: Impairment & Dementia

Functional Cognition Part 1: Impairment & Dementia

This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

Older Adults have always wanted to remain in their home as long as possible.… Read Morearrow_right

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Functional Cognition Part 2: Falls in the Elderly

Functional Cognition Part 2: Falls in the Elderly

This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

Older Adults have always wanted to remain in their home as long as possible.… Read Morearrow_right

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Functional Cognition Part 3: Preventions and Interventions in Rehabilitation

Functional Cognition Part 3: Preventions and Interventions in Rehabilitation

This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

This presentation will discuss important aspects of helping older adults… Read Morearrow_right

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Nutrition and Aging: The Basics

Nutrition and Aging: The Basics

This is the first course in a series on nutrition and exercise in the aging population. The focus of the series is interdisciplinary, looking specifically at the aging process, and deals with the changing perspectives concerning nutrition… Read Morearrow_right

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Nourishing Wisdom For Elders in Health and Disease

Nourishing Wisdom For Elders in Health and Disease

This is the second in a three-part series on Nutrition and Exercise in the aging population. The focus is interdisciplinary, looking specifically at the aging process, and deals with the changing perspectives concerning nutrition and exercise’s… Read Morearrow_right

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Exercise & Nutrition in Disease: Part 1

Exercise & Nutrition in Disease: Part 1

This is the third course in a series on Nutrition and Exercise in the aging population. The focus is interdisciplinary, looking specifically at the aging process, and deals with the changing perspectives concerning nutrition and exercise’s… Read Morearrow_right

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Cancer in the Older Adult: Exercise and Nutrition

Cancer in the Older Adult: Exercise and Nutrition

This is the fourth course in a series on Nutrition and Exercise in the aging population, specifically nutrition in cancer. The focus is interdisciplinary, looking specifically at the aging process, and deals with the changing perspectives… Read Morearrow_right

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Diet and Exercise Considerations for Cardiopulmonary Disease Management

Diet and Exercise Considerations for Cardiopulmonary Disease Management

This is the fifth in a six-part series on Nutrition and Exercise in the aging population, specifically with cardiopulmonary disease management. The focus is interdisciplinary, looking specifically at the aging process, and deals with the… Read Morearrow_right

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Diet and Exercise Considerations for Dementia Management

Diet and Exercise Considerations for Dementia Management

This is the sixth in a six-part series on Nutrition and Exercise in the aging population. The focus is interdisciplinary, looking specifically at the aging process, and deals with the changing perspectives concerning nutrition and exercise’s… Read Morearrow_right

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Exercise & Nutrition in Disease: Part 2

Exercise & Nutrition in Disease: Part 2

This is the fourth course in a series on Nutrition and Exercise in the aging population. The focus is interdisciplinary, looking specifically at the aging process, and deals with the changing perspectives concerning nutrition and exercise’s… Read Morearrow_right

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