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District 4 Virtual Meeting - D, DD, DDD. One size never fits all.

Wednesday, September 22nd,  6:30-7:30 pm (HOSTED BY DISTRICT 4)

Presenter: Chris Childers BSc (Hons), MS, PhD

Lecture Topic: Treating older adults who are cognitively challenged can be very demanding and difficult for the Physical Therapist.  However, the concept of Therapeutic Nihilism, a term coined by the founder of the cognitive and mental health SIG, implies a belief that there is little that PTs or PTAs can do to enhance quality of life and physical activity in the individual who is cognitively challenged.  It is critical that PTs and PTAs have a comfort level and an ability to work with individuals with cognitive challenges. This highly interactive and fun session will demonstrate tried and tested ways to promote physical activity and physical therapy interventions for this population.  Using the concept of FEF, familiarize, engage, and focus the presenter will demonstrate how to connect with these individuals and provide appropriate but fun interventions that they will enjoy.  Be ready to shake rattle and roll throughout this engaging session.

Bio: Chris has recently transitioned to Arizona where she is working to develop the DPT program at the University of Arizona. Chris has her BSc (Hons) in physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia in her native UK, an MS in Gerontology from the University of Utah and she completed her PhD in Health psychology, with research into motivation and limitations to being physically active in the older adult. She has a passion for working with the older adult and is a board certified Geriatric clinical specialist.  Chris is the current chair of the Cognitive and Mental Health special interest group for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and recently coordinated the revision of the Description of Geriatric Physical therapy for the ABPTS as part of her work for the Geriatric specialty council.

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