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UJ & Sanford offer PT workshops

Jackie Madsen, PT, DPT
Associate Professor, Admissions Coordinator

701-356-2136 ext. 5902
Jackie.Madsen@uj.edu

Sanford Health and the University of Jamestown’s Physical Therapy program are offering a series of workshops to address the role of physical therapists working with aging adults. Three courses, each lasting two days, will bring together over 70 physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from all over the U.S. to Fargo this spring.

The median age of Americans is going up. In 2014, there were approximately 46 million Americans over the age of 64. By 2030, there will be approximately 75 million, and by 2050, approximately 90 million [CDC 2016].

The negative consequences of aging are not inevitable. Functional decline occurs not only as a result of the aging process itself, but from lack of exercise. The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy has adopted the position that physical therapists should be exercise experts for aging adults to ensure maximum safety, health, and performance outcomes for our older citizens.

The first course will begin at the University of Jamestown Fargo Campus on April 1 and 2, and will be directed and managed by staff and faculty in the University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

The courses are specifically designed to advance physical therapists’ understanding of the exercise response in older adults. The most up-to-date evidence in regards to exercise for older adults will be presented. Additionally, six highly credentialed speakers will present and participate in the workshop.

The partnership of the University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program and Sanford Health brings together research and clinical practice to better inform the exercise prescription and management for our older citizens.

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Posted:March 27, 2017


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