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How Strong is Your Patient's Exercise Program? Part 1

presented by Ellen R. Strunk

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Are you still using manual muscle testing as the only measure of muscle performance for your older adult patients? Are you still using endurance and number of minutes as the only measure of aerobic capacity for your older adult patients? This course will provide you with evidence-based strategies to strengthen your plan of care to address muscle performance and cardiovascular performance impairments in older adults. Emphasis will be placed on functional measures to guide both the design of, the progression of and the documentation of skilled therapeutic exercise programs and aerobic exercise programs for older adults.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

    Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC, has worked in various roles and settings as both a clinician and manager/director: hospital, transitional care, Director of Rehab for a hospital home health agency, Clinical Consultant, Director of a HH staffing division, and Director of Governmental Affairs for a company providing rehab services in long-term care, home health, and outpatient settings. Presently, Ellen is the owner of Rehab Resources & Consulting, Inc., a company providing continuing education and consulting services for post-acute care settings. For the past seven years, she has specialized in helping clients understand and navigate the CMS regulations for post-acute care settings, as well as how to prepare for the transition to a value-based system. Ellen is passionate about delivering medically necessary therapy services in these settings and lectures nationally on the topics of pharmacology for rehabilitation professionals, exercise and wellness for older adults, the importance of functional outcomes, and coding/billing/documentation for therapy services. Ellen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, where she has served on a Payment Policy Strategy Committee advising the APTA Board of Directors on payment policy in all settings. She is a member of the APTA Section on Geriatrics, the APTA Home Health Section, and the APTA Health Policy & Administration Sections. She serves on a state level as the President of the Alabama Physical Therapy Association and as its Practice & Reimbursement Chair. She is a member of the American Health Care Association, where over the last three years she has been a part of a therapy workgroup to develop a national quality measure for rehabilitation.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Effects of Aging on the Musckuloskeletal System

    1. Effects of Aging on the Musckuloskeletal System

    As a person ages, the body’s musculoskeletal system undergoes natural changes. The rate and severity of the changes observed in our patients are important to consider when developing appropriate exercise programs. This chapter will review some of these changes associated with this system.

  2. Effects of Exercise on the MS System

    2. Effects of Exercise on the MS System

    Exercise is an effective strategy to minimize the detrimental effects aging may have. While each individual is different, all older adults can review benefits from physical training. This chapter reviews some of the beneficial effects an appropriate exercise prescription can have on function.

  3. Effects of Aging on the Cardiovascular System

    3. Effects of Aging on the Cardiovascular System

    As a person ages, the body’s cardiopulmonary system undergoes natural changes. The rate and severity of the changes observed in our patients are important to consider when developing appropriate exercise programs. This chapter will review some of these changes associated with this system.

  4. Effects of Exercise on the CV System

    4. Effects of Exercise on the CV System

    Exercise is an effective strategy to minimize the detrimental effects of inactivity associated with aging. While each individual is different, all older adults can review benefits from physical training. This chapter reviews some of the beneficial effects of an effective aerobic prescription.