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Evidence in Motion: Management of Neurologic Problems, Balance and Falls in Older Adults Course
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   Cody Thompson PT, GCS, CSCS

Sanford Meeting Room B

November 4 & 5, 8am – 5PM

Course Description: 

One of three adults age 65 and over will fall this year, and 70% of these falls can be prevented with the appropriate interventions. Older adults with neurologic impairments due to stroke or degenerative nerve diseases are at an even higher risk of falls. EIM’s Management of Balance/Falls and Neurologic Problems in the Older Adult course is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill level in the evidence-based management of individuals with neurologic disorders and those who are at increased risk for falls.  This lab intensive course focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on problem solving necessary to effectively integrate evidence-based screening, assessment, intervention, and management techniques into the clinical management of these individuals. Participants will work as teams to assess their current treatment practices. They will develop plans to implement evidence-based practice into their patient management plans. Barriers and facilitators to implementation will be discussed and resources in the community identified. Students will complete the course with a quality improvement project which can be used in their clinical practice.



This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants in advance of an intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend.  The online precourse provides an evidence-based overview of the management of neurological problems and fall risk management strategies using a series of web-based video presentations, key evidence summaries and primary research articles. The on-site lab intensive weekend provides participants with case studies, self-assessments, real life problem solving, and group learning.   An online post-test and on-site skill assessment are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning.


Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:

1.      Apply the concepts of the continuum of healthy aging to your clinical practice

2.      Analyze the impact of the pathological process on common central nervous system disorders in terms of function and fall risk.

3.      Apply understanding of the pathology of the nervous system and aging into evidence-based treatment plans

4.      Select and perform tests and measures to identify a person’s fall risk.

5.      Identify and perform evidenced-based interventions tailored to the patient to decrease fall risk.

6.      Review the role of technology and the aging services network as an extender of therapy to achieve the best outcomes.

7.      Describe how to integrate evidence-based fall risk management into the workflow and plan of care.

Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!


AUDIENCE: Intermediate level course open to healthcare providers, including occupational therapists.


Credits: 24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site)


Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women)



Dr. Thompson is a physical therapist and ABPTS certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Currently he is working on a DHSc in Educational Leadership. In addition to academic administration as the Director of Health Related Programs for the Alabama Community College System, Dr. Thompson has a passion for teaching and clinical practice with Geriatric patients. He has spent 11 of his 12 years as a PT working with the geriatric population. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Alabama-Birmingham with a Master of Science in PT, and from Alabama State University in 2013 with his DPT.

Dr. Thompson has a strong interest in developing educational tools for training leadership and future PT/PTA faculty. He has been a PTA program director at two institutions, on PT faculty with two Universities, and is the Program Director for the EIM Geriatric Residency and Certification programs. He is an active member of various committees in Alabama and nationally, including the Alabama Obesity Task Force, the Alabama Health Alliance Committee and the Alabama Healthcare Education Committee.




Friday______November 3, 2017

1:00 pm                       Registration

1:30-8:45 pm              Adriann Louw course (supper provided onsite at 5PM)


Saturday        November 4, 2017

7:15-8:00 am              Registration for Evidence in Motion Course-Breakfast on your own

8-6pm                          Evidence in Motion course

7:45-8:30 am              Registration for Adriann Louw Course –Breakfast on your own

8:30 – 5:15 pm           Adriann Louw course

12-2 pm                       Business Meeting and State Award Presentations

            Lunch noon – provided onsite for course and/or business meeting participants


Sunday           November 5, 2017

7:15-8 am       Course Check In - Breakfast on your own

8-5 pm Evidence in Motion course               

12 pm              Lunch – provided onsite




A block of rooms is reserved at the Country Inn & Suites located at 200 E 8th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 for $109/night. 605-373-0153.   Please request the “SD Physical Therapy Association” grouping. The room block with this special rate expires 10/02/17.  Call early for reservations!




SDPTA Cancellation Policy: 


Registration fee, less $35 administrative charge, is refundable if written cancellation is received two weeks prior to program date.  No refunds will be made within two weeks of the program date; however those funds may be transferred to a future SDPTA course.










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