Geriatric Physical Therapy

3rd Edition

Authors: Andrew Guccione Rita Wong Dale Avers
Print ISBN: 9780323029483
eBook ISBN: 9780323082495
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 24th January 2011
Page Count: 624


Geriatric Physical Therapy offers a comprehensive presentation of geriatric physical therapy science and practice. Thoroughly revised and updated, editors Andrew Guccione, Rita Wong, and Dale Avers and their contributors provide current information on aging-related changes in function, the impact of these changes on patient examination and evaluation, and intervention approaches that maximize optimal aging. Chapters emphasize evidence-based content that clinicians can use throughout the patient management process. Six new chapters include: Exercise Prescription, Older Adults and Their Families, Impaired Joint Mobility, Impaired Motor Control, Home-based Service Delivery, and Hospice and End of Life. Clinically accurate and relevant while at the same time exploring theory and rationale for evidence-based practice, it’s perfect for students and practicing clinicians. It’s also an excellent study aid for the Geriatric Physical Therapy Specialization exam.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage provides all the foundational knowledge needed for effective management of geriatric disorders.
  • Content is written and reviewed by leading experts in the field to ensure information is authoritative, comprehensive, current, and clinically accurate.
  • A highly readable writing style and consistent organization make it easy to understand difficult concepts.
  • Tables and boxes organize and summarize important information and highlight key points for quick reference.
  • A well-referenced and scientific approach provides the depth to understand processes and procedures.
  • Theory mixed with real case examples show how concepts apply to practice and help you enhance clinical decision-making skills.
  • Standard APTA terminology familiarizes you with terms used in practice.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Foundations

  1. Geriatric Physical Therapy in the 21st Century: Overarching Principles and Approaches to Practice
  2. Implications of an Aging Population for Rehabilitation: Demography, Mortality, and Morbidity
  3. Physiology of Aging-related Decline and its Functional Impact
  4. Geriatric Pharmacology
  5. Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults
  6. Part 2: Contexts for Examination and Intervention

  7. Health and Function: Patient Management Principles
  8. Environmental Design: Accommodating Sensory Changes in Older Adults
  9. Cognitive impairment in Older Adults
  10. Evaluation of the Acute and Medically Complex Patient
  11. Motivation and Patient Education: Implication for Physical Therapist Practice
  12. Older Adults and Their Families
  13. Part 3: Evaluation, Diagnosis, and the Plan of Care

  14. Impaired Aerobic Capacity/Endurance
  15. Impaired Joint Mobility
  16. Impaired Muscle Performance
  17. Impaired Motor Control
  18. Impaired Posture
  19. Ambulation: Impact of Age-related Changes on Functional Mobility
  20. Balance and Falls
  21. Part 4: Special Problems and Interventions

  22. Impaired Integumentary Integrity
  23. Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women and Men
  24. Conservative Pain Management for the Older Adult
  25. Lower Limb Orthothese for Older Adults
  26. Prosthetic Management for the Older Adult with Lower Limb Amputation
  27. Part 5: Special Popula


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About the Author

Andrew Guccione

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Director, Health Services Research & Development at Department of Veteran Affairs, Washington, DC

Rita Wong

Affiliations and Expertise

Physical Therapy Department Chair, Professor of Physical Therapy, Marymount University, Arlington, VA

Dale Avers


Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Transitional DPT Program, Department of Physical Therapy Education, College of Health Professions, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY