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Rehab program helps frail older adults with heart failure

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization among older adults in the United States. In heart failure, the heart doesn’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. People with heart failure live with symptoms that greatly reduce their quality of life. These can include shortness of breath, exhaustion, coughing, and swelling in the legs and abdomen.

Studies have shown that exercise training can help reduce symptoms in people with heart failure. However, such studies have largely excluded frail older adults with other health conditions. Due to bed rest and other factors, this group is especially vulnerable to experiencing physical decline while hospitalized for heart failure.

A research team led by Dr. Dalane Kitzman from Wake Forest University tested a new exercise rehabilitation program built specifically for older, frail adults. The goal of the program was to improve people’s endurance, measured by the amount of time they could walk unaided. It also addressed problems with strength, balance, and mobility that prevented people from making endurance gains.

The program was personalized to each individual’s baseline abilities and goals. Unlike other exercise rehabilitation strategies, the new program was designed to begin while people were still hospitalized, rather than after discharge. It then included outpatient sessions three times a week for three months.

At a Glance

  • Older, frail adults with heart failure who participated in a personalized physical rehab program improved their endurance, strength, balance, and quality of life.
  • More than 80% of participants reported that they were still exercising at home six months after completing the program.

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HEADSTRONG: Differential Diagnosis and Management of Concussion Recovery

Advanced Clinical Reasoning for Physical Therapists

Physical Therapists are leaders in determining readiness for return to activity after mTBI. This advanced collaborative learning workshop helps ensure clinicians are prepared for that responsibility. We employ evidence-informed practical information necessary for differential diagnoses of acute and post concussive disorders (PCD) using the ICF Model to identify impairments that limit activities and life role participation. Interactive learning, practice of assessment and intervention skills, and case study exercises will equip participants to improve compassionate and effective interventions in their own practice settings and populations. Interfacing with community stakeholders, multidisciplinary health team, and legal implications are all discussed. Special attention will be focused on motion-provoked dizziness, visual motion hypersensitivity, postural maladaptations, and dysautonomia including POTS. Continued support and mentorship are available to participants through electronic means.

Continuing Education Credit:
Physical Therapists: The course meets Colorado standards for 15 hours of Category I continuing competence activities (C.R.S.§ 12-41-114.6)
Occupational Therapists: The course meets Colorado standards for 15 hours PDA (C.R.S.§ 12-40.5-109.3, may use 12 hours)

Two Sessions Available:

Course proceeds support Colorado physical therapy legislative efforts.


Diversity and Entrepreneurship in Physical Therapy: A Panel Discussion

The APTA Colorado Chapter Student SIG presents a panel discussion with clinicians from varying professional and personal backgrounds who will be discussing entrepreneurship in physical therapy.

When: Wednesday, June 23 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm MT

This FREE discussion is live via Zoom and open to all Students, PTs, PTAs and non-members. 

Click here for more information.


Southwest Virtual CE Webinar Series: Therapy Workshop

When: June 23, 2021 (12:30pm – 4:00pm MT/ 2:30pm - 6:00pm ET)
CE: 3.0 Approved PT CEUs/3.0 Approved OT CEUs

The Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado and six other Southwest State partners are hosting a Therapy workshop on 6/23. This is a great event for PT, OT, ST, and Administrators. Register to attend the live virtual event on 06/23/21 or watch the on-demand recording later! Download Flyer

  • The Future of Therapy in the Home (60 Minutes)
    Presenters: Dee Kornetti, PT, MA, HCS-D, HCS-C & Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD 

    This session will provide the attendee with an overview of the current delivery of therapy in the home health setting, with an eye to future opportunities and possibilities. A review of current research and available data will be discussed to facilitate understanding of the benefit of therapy in the post-acute space within the context of PDGM and the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Vital Signs – So What? (60 Minutes)

    Presenters: Jennifer Chung-Peck, PT, DPT, ATC & Jenny Underdown, PTA

    Our goal is to engage the learner in the interpretation of vital signs. We will provide the learner with current information on normal and abnormal vital signs. We will educate the learner on the importance of regular vitals assessment and how to use these tools to improve patient care.

  • The Cardiopulmonary and COVID Connection: Pathway to the Heart of the Issue (60 Minutes)
    Presenters: Derek Michael, PT, MPT & Jason Sasser, PTA, CWT, CSST, COOS

    In the continuance of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, new data is emerging almost daily linking the short-term and long-term effects that COVID-19 is having on the infected populations’ Cardiopulmonary system. Through swift clinical innovation and teamwork, HealthPRO Heritage developed COVID-19 and Cardiopulmonary Pathways to combat therapy and nursing functional limitations that presented with their patient across all continuums of care.

Click here to Register! Use discount code APTACO% at checkout to receive a discounted price of $75 for this workshopYou will need to make a prospect profile with HHAC in order to register. 


2021 APTA Colorado Board Nominations

The APTA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2021 APTA Colorado Board elections. Nominations are due by Sunday, June 27, 2021The Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:

 To learn more about the elections, requirements to hold office and to submit your nomination, CLICK HERE

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