Therapeutic Exercises for Older Adults – 5 Hours



Therapeutic exercise is essential for people of all ages, but older adults must maintain independence. It is highly recommended that elderly individuals participate in some form of exercise daily. Unfortunately, the elderly may have more exercise barriers due to several health conditions and co-morbidities. However, there are ways to design an exercise program that caters to the needs of every individual. The elderly population has a wide range of abilities, just like the general population, and everyone can exercise. As a healthcare professional, promoting exercise and wellness to improve health is crucial. Various exercise modes, such as Pilates-based rehabilitation, Tai Chi, resistance training, and aerobic exercises, can be used. A physician needs to clear a person for exercise if they have other co-morbidities or plan to begin anything more than a basic exercise program. Even the frailest elderly individuals can participate in a supervised exercise program. The elderly population is at a higher risk of falls than the general population, and exercise can help decrease this risk.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Describe the aging process regarding muscle strength, mobility, cardiovascular system, pulmonary system, height, weight, and functional activity levels.
  • Describe fall risks associated with aging and how to decrease the risk of falls in the elderly population.
  • Describe how to prescribe an exercise program for the frail elderly.
  • Define sarcopenia and understand how to develop an exercise program for those with this condition.
  • Discuss the long-term physical effects of exercise on the older adult population.
  • Develop a strength training program that is safe and effective for older adults.
  • Be able to prescribe exercise for special populations, including older adults with arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, peripheral arterial disease, and pulmonary disease.
  • Describe neuromuscular re-education for older adults.
  • Describe how PNF improves balance and knee extensors strength of older fallers.
  • Describe how Pilates-based rehabilitation can improve functional outcomes and decrease the risk of falls.
  • Be able to develop a Pilates-based rehabilitation exercise program for an elderly patient.
  • Describe how Tai Chi can help postural control in older people.
  • Describe how occupational therapists can help educate and treat patients at risk for falling.


Author:  Lisa Augustyn, PT, DPT, Christine Church, M.S., OTR/L

Contact Hours: 5 Hours / 5 PDR (AOTA CEUs—0.5)

Educational Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

Cost: $40 / Participant

AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1 – OT Service Delivery

Instructional Methods:  Online Independent Self-Study (Training + Post-Test). A minimum passing score of 70% is required to receive a printable certificate via email.

Target Audience: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Other Health Professionals 

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Biologix Solutions LLC is an approved provider of professional development courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The approval ID# for this distance learning-independent course is 9837, and it offers 0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at the Intermediate level, Category 1 – OT Service Delivery. Please note that the assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply the endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

The current term of approval extends from 6/21/2017 through 6/30/2025. Provider ID: 9837. Approval

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