Nov 28, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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DPT 680 - Geriatrics and Gerontology


3 credit(s)
This course is an introduction to the issues facing older persons in the areas of health, health care policy and sociocultural expectations. It addresses the issues surrounding the burgeoning aging population; the common pathologies and impairments that are associated with the over 65 population in the context of normal vs. usual aging of the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and integumentary systems; and documentation and reimbursement in the Medicare system. Discussions will include the benefits of exercise in prevention of and rehabilitation from functional limitations; home assessment, housing options and community resources; communication and education with the elderly; restraint use issues; and the issues surrounding elder abuse. Students will also critique many of the functional assessment tools used with this population.



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