Resistive Exercise Training for the Geriatric Patient

Virtual Continuing Education for California PTs, PTAs, OTs, and COTAs

Training 1 - CA Rehab Therapists


Training 1: October 28th at 4:00pm PST

Course Description

This two-hour course is intended to provide the clinician with current information regarding the rationale for and implementation of resistive exercises to counter impairments and functional deficits caused by age related decrease in strength, sarcopenia.  The course material will prepare the clinician to design and implement a resistive exercise program for the older adult with and without chronic conditions.


Upon completion of this course the participant will have the ability to:

  1. Describe age related musculoskeletal changes, including sarcopenia, and impact on function in older adults.
  2. Explain the difference between strength and power
  3. Discuss differences and similarities between strength training and power training
  4. Describe physiological response to resistive exercise training
  5. Discuss the functional benefits of resistive exercise training for the older adult
  6. Implement a strength training and power training exercise program

Training Schedule

4:00-4:10 - Introduction and discussion on the emergence of strength training in the older adult

4:10-4:25Explaining the difference between strength and power

4:25-4:35Sarcopenia and other age-related musculoskeletal changes and impact on function

4:35-5:00The evidence behind strength training and power training in older adults

5:00-5:45Strength Training/Power Training parameters, Exercise demonstration


Format of Instruction, Assessment of Learning Objectives and Course Evaluation

Instruction will be facilitated through a live webinar power point presentation and demonstrations. Evaluation of participants will be through oral questions and answers relating to case scenario presentations. Course evaluation will be conducted through a written evaluation form completed at the conclusion of the course.

Topic Description

With advancing age, older adults experience a higher risk for falls, decreased mobility, increasing morbidity, and decreased quality of life. Defined as sarcopenia, decreases in strength, power, and function due to age-related loss of muscle mass have been associated with these negative events.

Resistive exercise training has been shown to be a safe and effective intervention for the management of sarcopenia in older adults with and without chronic conditions. With a 10% loss of strength per decade, especially after the age of 50, and a prevalence rate of 30 percent costing billions of dollars annually, it is important for the therapist to understand the neuromuscular and functional changes that can occur with resistive exercise programs. This program will explore the benefits of both traditional strengthening and power training (high velocity exercise training) for the older adult.

Meet Your Presenter

Jamie McKinleyJamie McKinley, PT, CEEAA, Director of Clinical Services

Jamie McKinley, PT, CEEAA, serves as Director of Clinical Services for Consonus Healthcare’s rehab operations in the Midwest/Texas and California regions. Jamie offers extensive experience in pediatrics, orthopedics and geriatric physical therapy, and has spent more than

ten years working with older adults. Jamie is a physical therapy graduate of Northern Illinois University, and has been recognized as a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Jamie has provided mentorship and training to therapists on topics specific to seniors, including resistive exercise, post-surgical rehabilitation, chronic conditions, fall prevention, virtual reality and neuromuscular electrical stimulation. He has also guest lectured on therapy issues at Northern Illinois University and Clarke University.


Upcoming Trainings

Mark Your Calendar for CE Trainings Two and Three:
Training Two
November 18th, 2020
COVID-19 – Post-Acute Treatment Considerations

Training Three
December 16th, 2020
Pain Management in Older Adults