Occupational Therapy: Therapeutic Exercise and the Older Adult: An Evidence-Based Approach, 2nd Edition

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About the Author

Odessa Addison, DPT, PhD, is a physical therapist with many years of experience working with older adults. Dr. Addison received her DPT in 2005 and a doctorate in rehabilitation science in 2012, both from the University of Utah, where her focus of study was neuromuscular adaptations in the older adult. Her dissertation focused on how physical activity influenced inflammation, fat in the muscle, and mobility in older adults. Dr. Addison has presented at the American Diabetes Association, the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section, the Gerontological Society of America, and the International Conference for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research. Dr. Addison has written on a broad range of topics concerning exercise and older adults. Her writings have been published in the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy; Physical Therapy; the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy; and the Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging. She is currently a research associate at the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.

Peer reviewer: Jessica J. Bolduc, DrOT, MSOTR/L, received her master’s degree from the University of New England in 2005 and her doctorate in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical experience spans the continuum of care, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and home health. Dr. Bolduc is an adjunct professor at the University of New England, where she teaches courses on research and scholarly inquiry. She served as vice president of the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association for 2 years and as president for 3 years. She is currently active with the Maine Occupational Therapy Association and will serve as President-elect starting in January 2018. Dr. Bolduc was selected to join the first cohort of the Emerging Leaders Development Program of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and was subsequently appointed to the AOTA’s Emerging Leaders Development Committee and Volunteer Leadership Development Committee. She has received three service commendations from the AOTA, as well as the Young Alumni Award from the University of New England and the Alpha Eta Richard E. Davis Service Award from Nova Southeastern University. She was inducted into the Nu Sigma Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Eta Society for scholarly accomplishments at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Bolduc is licensed in occupational therapy in four states and is a certified clinical fieldwork educator. She has published in OT Practice and the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice and has written chapters in Gerontology for The HealthCare Practitioner and Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence. She has presented at national and state occupational therapy conferences. In addition to her ongoing work as a staff occupational therapist, Dr. Bolduc served as the occupational therapy planner for Western Schools, an AOTA-approved provider of continuing education.

Occupational Therapy Planner: Jessica J. Bolduc, DrOT, MSOTR/L, The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the changes that take place in the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems with aging.
  • Describe the benefits and explain an appropriate exercise intervention to mitigate age-related changes.
  • Explain common barriers to exercise in older adults.
  • Identify appropriate tests for clinical use to measure change after an aerobic or resistance exercise intervention.
  • Explain special considerations when prescribing exercise for older adults with comorbid conditions.

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