Psychosocial and Emotional Challenges Facing Older Adults

PTH 6985 4 Quarter Hours
Course Level CPS - Graduate
Description Analyzes and discusses the effects of the challenges on daily function of older adults, emphasizing the importance to the physical therapy clinician of recognizing and understanding these challenges. Along with significant physical changes that occur with aging, older adults often experience changes in cognition, socioeconomic status, psychological health, and stress on caregivers. Topics include depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, cognitive processing changes, family/caregiver burden, and the cumulative impact of loss and grief. Employs several learning activities, including online lectures, discussion of current research literature, and case discussions. Offers students an opportunity to develop a clinical case scenario and to propose an evidence-based solution to a problem faced by their “client.” The solutions provide a potential model of service that can be utilized by others.


Students should refer to the CPS Prerequisite Table for course prerequisite and corequisite information.


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There are no current sections scheduled for this course. Undergraduate course numbers changed beginning with the Fall 2016 term. Please make sure you are using the current course number.
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  • Fall Graduate
    Sep 18, 2017 (6- and 12-week classes)
    Oct 30, 2017 (6-week classes)

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