PT CE: Aging Adults course

Are You Pushing Your Aging Adults Hard Enough?

Marilyn Moffat PT, DPT, PhD, DSc (hon), GCS, CSCS, CEEAA, FAPTA, and

UNMC's Division of Physical Therapy Education will hold this 2-Day continuing education event October 12 & 13, 2019 in the Bennett Hall Lab (Room 4016) on the University of Nebraska Medical Center Campus, Omaha, NE and in the Health Science Education Complex (Rooms 204/206), Kearney, Nebraska connected virtually with onsite instructors.

Course Description:

This two-day course will encompass didactic and laboratory sessions to enhance knowledge and skill in the optimum management of aging adults. The number of aging adults with impairments, functional limitations, participation restrictions, and disability will affect physical therapist practice. Exercise is the single most effective intervention physical therapists can use to positively impact these changes. It will be imperative to maximize the results of PT interventions and capitalize upon the opportunities presented.

Functional tests and measures for aging adults will be presented in the areas of aerobic capacity/endurance, anthropometric characteristics, balance, gait, mobility, mental function, muscle performance, posture, range of motion, and sensory integrity with normative data to provide evidence-based baseline information to support interventions.

The course will also provide the knowledge for scientifically prescribing safe and effective exercise of appropriate intensity for aging adults in the areas of: aerobic conditioning/endurance training; balance, coordination, and agility training; posture training; flexibility training; gait and locomotion training; and muscle performance training.

Contact Hours: 16 CEUs

Course Objectives:

Speaker Bios:

Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, DSc (hon), GCS, CSCS, CEEAA, FAPTA
Dr. Moffat is a Full Professor of Physical Therapy at New York University, where she directs both the professional doctoral program (DPT) and the post-professional graduate master's degree program in pathokinesiology. She is in private practice in the New York area. Dr. Moffat is immediate Past-president of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, and she coordinated the efforts to develop international guidelines for physical therapist educational programs and standards of physical therapy practice around the world. She has given over 800 professional presentations throughout her practice lifetime, and she has taught and provided consultation services in many areas around the globe.

Dr. Moffat completed a six-year term as the President of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 1997 during which time she was instrumental in the development of the “Guide to Physical Therapist Practice” and the “Normative Model for Physical Therapist Education”. She is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist, a Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist, a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, and a certified BoneFit Professional. She established the APTA Section on Geriatric’s Certification Program for Physical Therapists as Exercise Experts for Aging Adults and served as its first co-chair for four years. Dr. Moffat is currently a member of the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise is Medicine® work group. Amongst her many publications are two books for the lay audience - American Physical Therapy Association’s Book of Body Maintenance and Repair and Age-Defying Fitness. She also completed a 4-book series known as the Musculoskeletal Essentials, Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Essentials, Neuromuscular Essentials, and Integumentary Essentials for physical therapy clinicians and students. Dr. Moffat has received numerous national and international awards and has had 3 awards named after her – the Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Dr. Marilyn Moffat Distinguished Service Award of the New York Physical Therapy Association, and the Marilyn Moffat Service Award of the North America/Caribbean Region World Confederation for Physical Therapy. She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA, presented the Mary McMillan Lecture, and is a recipient of the WCPT’s Mildred Elson Award.

Dr. Karen Kemmis is a Physical Therapist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and adjunct professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Within this position, she has worked at the Syracuse affiliate of the Joslin Diabetes Center and University Endocrinologists for 22 years. She earned bachelor and doctorate degrees in physical therapy at SUNY Upstate Medical University and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Syracuse University. She specializes in physical therapy and exercise prescription for aging adults, those with diabetes, osteoporosis, orthopedic conditions, and with balance dysfunction. She was co-chair and an instructor for the Certification as Exercise Experts for Aging Adults program for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Geriatrics. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, currently serving as the 2018 President-elect and is a Fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). She has presented nationally and internationally on diabetes and osteoporosis, has authored chapters on the aging musculoskeletal system and physical therapy for osteoporosis, is a frequent resource and contributor for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and is a media spokesperson and blogger for the AADE. She utilizes Pilates exercise for rehabilitation in her practice.

Course Schedule:

Day One– Functional Examination (times subject to change)


12:00-12:45 Lunch


Day Two– Exercise Prescription (times subject to change)


12:00-12:45 Lunch


Course Fee:

Registration is limited due to lab space.
$495.00 ($300 for UNMC Clinical Instructors and Alumni)

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

Each participant must bring with them: