As age advances, there is a decline in the ability to complete functional dual tasks, which can lead to the loss in the number of moves in a specific period of time, as well as an increase in the quantity of execution errors, or the inability to complete the task. Difficulty with performing dual tasks, due to gradual loss of motor skills caused by aging, makes older adults dependent on the daily tasks execution, since most activities of daily living (ADL) involve dual tasks, such as walking holding an object or talking. The lack of ability to carry out dual tasks is one reason why older adults fall. Dual-task training aims to improve the ability to do two or more things simultaneously and thus reduce the risk of falling. Evidence also supports the greater improvement of both cognitive and physical functions when these skills are targeted simultaneously.
This session will review key research findings to support dual-task training. It begins with a review of the role of brain plasticity in motor learning and then looks at the scientific effects of physical activity on brain function, to help us understand how working with a physical and cognitive task simultaneously can result in greater outcomes. Significant studies will be shared of dual task training with older adults, to include the range of effects from that of healthy older people to that of several progressive neurological disease processes. Case studies and example documentation concludes the course as applications and tools for the therapists. Given the supporting external scientific evidence, expert’s clinical expertise and patient perspectives, this course demonstrates why dual task treatments are a viable interdisciplinary approach to patient-centered care for improved outcomes.
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- Definition and examples of Dual-task Training
- Targeted Diagnoses for Dual Task Training
- Brain Plasticity And It’s Role In Motor Learning
- The Brain’s Ability to Acquire New Skills- Repeated Activity Triggers Neuroplasticity
- Evidence that Brain Volume Increases With Exercise
- Motor Learning and Plasticity
- Evidence for Cognitive Improvements and Motor Learning
- Effect of Physical Activity on Brain Function
- Research supporting Dual- Task Training
- Research: Aerobic Training & Cognitive Improvement
- Research on the Effect of Walking on Cognition for Mild Cognitive Impairment &
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Further Evidence-Based Examples (citing multiple studies and mega-analysis)
- Applications for Dual-task Training in a SNF or Clinic Setting
- PT - Example Dual tasks/Treatment Notes
- OT - Example Dual tasks/Treatment Notes
- SLP - Example Dual tasks/Treatment Notes
- Case study of Mrs. Mabel an 83-year-old female with Parkinson’s Disease
- Case study of Mr. Floyd, an 86-year-old male with a subdural hematoma
- Documentation rules
- PT Examples notes
- SLP Example notes
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on applying current evidence of dual task training research to achieve improved physical cognitive outcomes.
- List significant research findings to support dual-task training for cognitive and physical functions.
- Identify the brain’s ability and processes involved with acquiring new skills.
- Recognize the evidence supporting cognitive Improvements with motor learning and physical activity.
- Identify the research supporting dual-task training with different older people.
- Cite examples of dual task training that could be completed by each healthcare team member.
- List case studies of inter-professional collaboration to utilize dual tasking for improved clinical outcomes.
- List associated documentation principles for dual-task interventions.
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Contact Hours: 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathologist
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
This course is offered for 0.30 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial –Lisa Milliken is employed by Select Rehabilitation and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service
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