On today’s episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Dr. Dustin Jones joins me to chat about our educational session at this year’s Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas! The discussion, OLD not WEAK: Strengthening the Older Adults, will be held on February 17, 2017 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Salon E. We are looking forward to the conversation and hope you will walk away with more creative solutions for the geriatric population! If you can’t make it to the talk, follow along on social media with #OldNOTWeakCSM!


Description of the session:

In their contribution to the Choosing Wisely initiative, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) noted, don’t prescribe under-dosed strength training programs for older adults. Under-dosed strength training in older adults has been the norm for far too long. Luckily, things are changing. The same principles physical therapists use to strengthen our athletic populations can also be used with older adults. How can we apply these principles to older adults? Drawing from current strength and conditioning principles and practices, attendees will learn to apply effective methods to strengthen their older patients. Starting with appropriate screening and ending with execution, attendees will learn the tactics to build strength and improve outcomes in their older patients.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the historical shifts in fitness and rehab that have led to current concepts in training methodology.
  2. Identify strength training precautions and contraindications for older adults.
  3. Describe how to appropriately dose, program, and monitor strengthening programs for older adults.
  4. Demonstrate fundamental strength training exercises for older adults.


CEU: 0.2


Dustin warns that, “We kind of form this preconceived notion of what an 80 something year old can do… Those stereotypes are being absolutely broken.”


Dustin has set out to convince physical therapists to re-think their view of this patient population. One of our goals of the talk is to get people to understand that, “Geriatrics can be sexy. Working with older adults can be fun and it can be exciting and it can be challenging.”


For more information on Dustin:

My name’s Dustin Jones. ​I’m a Home Health Physical Therapist working to keep people resilient and independent at home. My background is in sports and orthopedics. I never intended to work with older adults. Yet, I’ve now found myself mainly working with older adults and loving it!

I blend a lot of what I learned working with athletic populations with helping my older patients improve their function. I am by no means an expert, but I hope to share mistakes made & lessons learned along the way to benefit other clinicians.


Resources discussed on this show:

CSM session: OLD not WEAK: Strengthening the Older Adults



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