Course description

This 8 week online course is designed for rehabilitation professionals who want to elevate their clinic skill set in the management of older adults.  The size of this population is growing rapidly, unfortunately the desire to manage them with cutting edge evidence guided treatment has lagged well behind.  Too often we see our older adults getting under treated, both with exercise and manual therapy, apparently as a consequence of both fear and ignorance.  This course is designed to take a deep dive into exploring misconceptions and laying out a clear current best evidence pathway to enable our older adults to not only survive but to thrive.  A special emphasis is placed on progressive functional fitness in this population. 

course schedule 

Week 1: Challenging myths & misconceptions about Aging / Screening

Week 2: Facing the Geriatric Giants: Frailty & Sarcopenia / Functional Testing

Week 3: Exercise Prescription 1: Prescribing Exercise like a Drug / SQUAT

Week 4: Exercise Prescription 2: The Deep Dive / DEADLIFT

Week 5: Evidence-Based Fall Prevention Strategies / BALANCE TRAINING

Week 6: Psychosocial Considerations 1: Cognitive Decline / LOADED CARRIES

Week 7: Psychosocial Considerations 2: Becoming a Hope Dealer / FLOOR TRANSFERS

Week 8: Strategies to Become Providers of Choice / UE PUSH & PULLS

Course format

  • Students will be placed in a Private Facebook Group where they can discuss with faculty, each other, and submit assignments.
  • Weekly meetings will occur Tuesdays at 7 PM EST via GoToMeeting. Attendance at meetings is encouraged but not required. Recordings of meetings will be available after the session has concluded.
  • Course material will be available on the course website and assignments should be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the Weekly meeting.

Course faculty 

Christina Prevett:

Christina finished her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto in 2007 and then continued into her Masters of Physiotherapy at McMaster University, graduating in 2013. As a varsity athlete throughout her undergraduate degree, Christina’s interest in health and fitness led her to complete her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) accreditation through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Christina is certified in Soft Tissue Release and Rock Tape. She is involved as an intern at McMaster University in Strength and Conditioning with women’s rugby. She has recently worked on dry land speed development for Bujan Goaltending. Christina is a competitive CrossFit athlete and coach at CrossFit Battlefield. Christina has a strong interest in athlete development and injury prevention.

Dustin Jones:

Dustin Jones is a Home Health Physical Therapist with a background in sports and orthopedics. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011 from the University of Kentucky and went on to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Russian Kettlebell Instructor (RKC-1).

He blends what he has learned working with athletic populations to help older patients improve their function. The creator and voice behind "The Senior Rehab Podcast", Dustin has been a key voice in shifting attention towards elevating the quality of care, and more specifically in many cases the intensity of care, that we deliver to aging adults.