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All Pre-Conferences are scheduled Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 8:00 am -4:30 pm   Note: ‘Bootcamp’ and ‘Let’s Get Moving’ Preconferences have been cancelled

The goal of this preconference course will be to demonstrate and practice application of the Clinical Practice Guideline in a living laboratory setting with people with PD (PwPD). Parkinson Disease is the fastest growing neurological disorder, with a prevalence that is expected to grow to 12 million people worldwide by 2050. The APTA established a Guideline Development Group that published a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) in 2021. The purpose was to standardize practice using best available evidence. To facilitate dissemination and implementation of this CPG, a Knowledge Translation Task Force was created in 2021. This course will be a lab-based learning experience for clinicians to creatively apply the CPG action statements alongside taskforce members and PwPD. The focus of this course will be implementing the CPG action statements within all treatment environments focusing on clinics with minimal equipment. This course will strive to overcome barriers to implementation by helping clinicians across practice settings apply the action statements in the CPG for people with PD. This session will review the guideline, knowledge/attitudes/behaviors regarding the guideline, and implementation strategies to overcome identified barriers. ANPT knowledge translation tools will be reviewed in an active learning lab including higher, moderate, and lower-level PD patients.
Christina May Criminger-Morris, PT, PhD; Beth Elaine Crowner, PT, DPT
Level: Intermediate

Retaining or relearning the ability to perform a safe and timely floor transfer is an essential part of falls preparedness training. Inability to rise from the floor is associated with history of falls, fear of falling, frailty, and mobility disability. Not only does the ability to rise from the floor assist in the fall recovery, but it is also an important functional mobility component that demonstrates retention of high-level strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance required for participation activity, exercise and tasks occurring in daily life. This one-day pre-conference will assist physical therapy professionals in understanding the importance of falls preparedness; the use of floor transfers in examination, evaluation, and interventions strategies; the creation of an evidence-informed plan of care; and proper exercise dosing for floor transfers across the spectrum of movement ability. Application of this content across three very different case studies will be integrated throughout the content as well as ample opportunity for lab, group discussion, and self-reflection of skills, abilities, and biases that would impact the success of this information. Anne M. Reilley, PT, DPT, MS; Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT Level: Intermediate

Geriatrics-Focused Programming

= The 5Ms of Geriatrics (What Matters Most, Medications, Mind, Multi-comorbidity, and Mobility). Learn More.

Thursday, Feb. 15

8:00 am -10:00 am
The 5 M’s of Geriatrics: The Missing Link in Movement System Framework (18250)
Making an Impact: A Framework to Returning to High Level Activity Following Total Joint Arthroplasty (18077)  Mobility
De-Prescribing Polypharmacy, Identification of Medication Induced Movement Disorders, and the Role of the Physical Therapist (18038)  Medication

11:00 am-1:00 pm
Applying a Geriatrics 5Ms Framework to Osteoporosis Management (17875)
A Call for Physical Therapy Action on Hearing Loss, Balance Problems and Fall Risk (17247) Mobility & Multicomplexity
Technology Enabled Healthcare: Improved Digital Literacy Leads to Better Health Equity and Quality of Life (18455) Matters Most & Multicomplexity

3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Vestibular Disorders and Falls: Recognizing, Examining and Intervening in Older Adults (17273) Mobility & Multicomplexity
Evaluation and Optimization of the Geriatric Surgery Patient: Applying Lessons Learned from an Interprofessional Team (18421) Matters Most, Mind, & Mobility
Competence and Confidence: Raising the Bar in Dementia Care (17631) Mind
Geriatric Platform Session I (19129)

6:30 pm-8:30 pm
APTA Geriatrics Members Meeting & Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist Recognition & Awards Ceremony

Friday, Feb. 16

8:00 am-10:00 am
Raising the Bar in Heart Failure Management in Older Adults (17325) MultiComplexity
Healthy Places for All Ages: Physical Therapists’ Role in Creating Active, Age-Friendly Communities (17598) Matters Most & Mobility
Join the (Deprescribing) Movement! Patient Advocacy Strategies for Pharmaceutical Management in Physical Therapy Practice (17356) Medications
Geriatric Platform Session II (19130)

11:00 am-1:00 pm
2024 Carole B. Lewis Lecture (18379) 
Neurodynamics in the Older Adult Population: Are You Missing Key Components of Pain and Dysfunction? (17843) Mobiltiy & Matters Most
Your Attention Please: Advancing the Translation and Approachability of Dual Task in Rehabilitation (17490) Mobility, Mind, & Multicomplexity

3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Challenging Balance Exercise Prescription: Optimizing Therapist Measurement and Older Adult Self-Rating of Balance Exercise Intensity (17451) Mobility, Mind, & Matters Most
PT with a Twist of Lyme: Differentiating the Neuromuscular and Cardiovascular Cocktail from Common Imitators (17327) Multicomplexity
Aging in Place: Fad or Fantastic? A Primer for Physical Therapists (18390) Matters Most

Saturday, Feb. 17

8:00 am-10:00 am
Improving Geriatric Care By Integrating Physical Therapists into Rural, Urban, and VA Emergency Departments (17353)  Multicomplexity
What Matters Most: Autonomy Versus Safety in Caring for Older Adults (18098)  Matters Most & Mobility
Insurance Limiting Visits? Advocate for Patients’ Therapy Needs, Communicate Efficiently, and Maximize Outcomes through Documentation (17604)  Matters Most

11:00 am-1:00 pm
Athletic Performance Matters: PT Guide to Keeping Senior Athletes at the Top of Their Game (17801)
Pelvic Health in Older Adults: The Missing Piece?
(18419)  Multicomplexity
Geriatric Platform Session II (19131)

3:00 pm-5:00 pm
A Tactical Approach to Implementing Physical Activity Within Clinical Practice (17853)
Physical Therapists’ Roles in Supporting Brain Health in Aging Adults

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