King Saud University.
College of Applied Medical Sciences.
Rehabilitation Sciences Department.
Course Title: Physical Therapy in Geriatrics and Terminal Illness.
Course Number: RHS 424.
Credit Hours: 1 + 1 = 2
Course Instructor: Dr. Kamaldeen A. Oluseye.
The course is designed to explore those factors affecting the health and well being of aging people. It will cover the relationship between the process of aging and behavior in such areas as sensory, personality and cognitive functioning. Other subjects will include the social and cultural aspects of aging, social influences on the aging individual, and age related changes in accommodation to the social environment. Finally, considerable attention will be paid to some specifically selected clinical conditions observed to be common with the elderly including an overall assessment of health profile of an aged individual.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Comprehend the concept of aging process.
2. Appreciate the implications and complications of aging in all its ramifications.
3. Recognize the need for welfare program for the aged population.
4. Understand the bases and strategies for interacting purposefully and effectively with the aged population.
5. Demonstrate professional skills and confidence necessary in the management of some common clinical conditions found in the elderly population.
Week 1. Introduction: What is Geriatrics?
◦♦The concept of aging (process)
♦ Who is an aged person?
Week 2. Selected Theories of Aging.
Week 3. Selected Theories of Aging contd.
Week 4. Principles and practice of Geriatric Rehabilitation.
Week 5. Principles and practice of geriatric rehabilitation contd.
Week 6. In-course Examination.
Week 7. Parkinson’s Disease.
Week 8. Cerebro Vascular Accident (CVA)
Week 9. Physical Therapy in Selected Musculoskeletal (orthopedic) conditions common in the elderly.
Week 10. week 9 lecture contd.
Week 11. 2nd In-course Examination.
Week 12. Case study ( Al-Zeimer’s Disease ): Clinical Appraisal and treatment strategies.
Week 13. Case study: Senile Dementia: Clinical Appraisal and treatment strategies.
Week 14. Clinical reasonings.
Week 15. Clinical reasoning, instrumentation and equipment selection and uses for the elderly.
Week 16. Final Examination.
♦In-course Examinations: 40%
♦Independent Project: 20%
♦Final Examinations. 40%
1. Geriatric Physical Therapy: A clinical Approach, Carole B. and Jennifer M., Publisher: Appleton and Lang, Norwalk.
2. Foundation of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Guccion A., Publisher: Mosby Year Book Inc., New York.
3. Physical Therapy of the Geriatric Patients, Jakson O., Publisher: Churchill Livingstone, New York.