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2. Definitions What is Geriatrics Physical Therapy What % of PTAs (nationally/regionally) work in the setting What might be a salary range in the setting What types of patients (diagnosis) and treatments seen in the setting Any advanced skill, training or recognition needed or could be obtained to work in the setting. 3. Geriatrics is a sub-specialty of medicine that focuses on health care of the elderly. It aims to promote health and to prevent and treat diseases and disabilities in older adults. There is no set age at which patients may be under the care of a geriatrician. Rather, this is determined by a profile of the typical problems that geriatrics focuses on. 4. long-term care (LTC) The provision of medical, social, and personal care services on a recurring or continuing basis to persons with chronic physical or mental disorders. skilled nursing facility (SNF) An establishment that houses chronically ill, usually elderly patients, and provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, and other services. Also called long-term care facility, nursing home. The American Heritage Medical Dictionary Copyright 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Mosby's Dental Dictionary, 2nd edition. 2008 Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved. 5. Geriatric physical therapy covers a wide area of issues concerning people as they go through normal adult aging, but is usually focused on the older adult. Geriatric physical therapy helps in developing a specialized program to help restore mobility, reduce pain, increase fitness levels and more. Geriatrics was separated from internal medicine as a distinct entity in the same way that neonatology is separated from pediatrics. Was termed as a medical specialty in 1989. 6. Arthritis Osteoporosis Cancer Alzheimer's Disease Parkinson's Disease Amputations Hip and Joint Replacement Coordination and Balance Disorders Dementias Cerebral Vascular Accident (Stroke) Urinary and Fecal Incontinence Cardiac and Pulmonary Diseases Functional Limitations related to mobility Sports/Orthopedic Injuries Hip Fractures 7. A Physical Therapist, working with the older adult, understands the anatomical and physiological changes that occur with normal aging. The Physical Therapist will evaluate and develop a specially designed therapeutic exercise program. Physical therapy intervention may prevent life long disability and restore the highest level of functioning. Through the use of tests, evaluations, exercises, treatments with modalities, screening programs, as well as educational information 8. Increase, restore or maintain range of motion, physical strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and endurance Recommend adaptations to make the home accessible and safe Teach positioning, transfers, and walking skills promote maximum function and independence within an individual's capability Increase overall fitness through exercise programs Prevent further decline in functional abilities through education, energy conservation techniques, joint protection, and use of assistive devices to promote independence Improve sensation, joint proprioception Reduce pain 9. Nationally about 5.9-6.9% of PTAs work in a LTC or SNF place of employment. In MN 23% of PTAs work in a Long Term Care or Skilled Nursing Facilities 10. The average Salary for a PTA in nursing care facilities is around $48,000 On the higher end can receive $51,090- $52,700 11. Must have an associates degree from an accredited PT assistant program Work under the direct supervision of a Physical Therapist Meet licensure requirements in states where it's required A PTA can get advanced training that focuses on just Geriatrics 12.**http%3a// 13.