About The Presenter:

Dr. Dustin Jones, PT, DPT, GCS, CF-L1

Dustin is a Geriatric Physical Therapist with a background in home health, sports and orthopedics. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011 from the University of Kentucky. Dustin is a board certified Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS) and CrossFit
Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1).

He blends his sports & geriatrics background to help older adults improve their lives at StrongerLife
in Lexington, KY.

Dustin is also the creator of the GEROS Community which has been a key voice in shifting attention towards elevating the quality of care, and more specifically, the intensity of care, that we deliver to aging adults.

Modern Management of the Older Adult

Course Objectives:

Challenging Myths & Misconceptions about Aging
• Identify Ageism in our society, profession, & communities.
• Describe how beliefs, expectations, and stereotypes of aging impact older adults' lives.

Lab: The Process
• Develop a thorough examination process tailored to common considerations for older adults.
• Identify appropriate and effective functional measures for your patients.
• Understand how to leverage functional measures to build therapeutic alliance and buy-in.

Functional Reserve & Geriatric Syndromes
• Describe physiological processes that happen during healthy aging as well as with the development of clinical geriatric syndromes
such as frailty and sarcopenia.

Exercise Prescription 1: Prescribing Exercise like a Drug
• Progress beyond mindless exercise prescription and understand evidence-based principles to properly dose exercise interventions.

Lab: Squat
• Prescribe, modify, and scale the Squat.

Exercise Prescription 2: Older Adults as Masters Athletes
• Design appropriately-dosed exercise programs including progressions and regressions to obtain the intended outcome for your client
who is older whether you're in the home health setting or working with the Masters athlete.

Lab: Deadlift
• Prescribe, modify, and scale the Deadlift.

Psychosocial Considerations
• Understand the progression & screening of cognitive impairments in older adults.
• Determine appropriate communication and compensation strategies to serve older adults with cognitive impairments.
• Identify how fear and chronic pain can impact performance and outcomes in older adults.
• Develop strategies to manage, minimize, or reduce fear and persistent pain in the older adult population.

Lab: Carries
• Prescribe, modify and scale Loaded Carries.

Falls Prevention
• Identify major contributors to the risk of falling in older adults.
• Design evidence-based fall prevention programs to obtain the intended outcome for your clients.
• Prescribe, modify, and scale various Balance-Focused Interventions.

Balance Training
• Prescribe, modify, and scale various Balance-Focused Interventions.

Rise of the Masters Athlete
• Identify the impact Masters Athletes have on the research landscape.
• Describe the age associated changes in which Masters Athletes are showing less of a decline.

Lab: Floor Transfers
• Prescribe, modify, and scale Floor Transfers.

Strategies to Become Providers of Choice
• Develop strategies to be known as the aging expert in your community.
• Identify opportunities to advocate for older adults.