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Geriatric Emphasis Area Courses

Doctor of Health Science Degree

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DHSC 1621

The Aging Sensory Motor System

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This course provides health professionals with advanced knowledge of the aging sensori-motor system. The course includes normal and pathological changes in the neuro-musculo-skeletal system during middle and late adulthood, as well as the consequences of these changes on human movement. Balance during late adulthood will also be covered. Emphasis will be placed on interpretation and integration of contemporary research investigating the plasticity of the musculoskeletal system throughout middle and late adulthood.

Credits: 4

DHSC 1622

Motor Control in Late Life

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Health professionals will utilize information from the foundation science of motor control for the assessment and treatment of older adults with movement dysfunction. A physical-dynamical approach will guide the examination/evaluation process. Movement performance will be viewed as an emergent feature of individual, task and environmental constraints that are particularized by initial and boundary conditions. Examination procedures and the process by which interventions are identified and executed will be addressed within this framework.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

DHSC 1621 The Aging Sensory Motor System or Permission of the Instructor

DHSC 1623

Comprehensive Geriatric Evaluation

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Health professionals will design and implement comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation programs for geriatric clients including the identification and explanation of all problems, cataloguing of resources and strengths, assessment of service needs, and development of coordinated care plans. Topics cover: 1) components of comprehensive assessment; 2) design, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive assessment; and 3) ongoing management of geriatric assessment programs in medical and community settings.

Credits: 4

DHSC 1724

Advances in Geriatric Exercise

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Health professionals will gain advanced knowledge about exercise for frail older adults and persons with specific medical conditions common among older adults. Students will integrate physiological principles of exercise with knowledge of biological, psychological and social aging in the design of exercise interventions for individual older adults. Contemporary research related to exercise prescriptions for persons with sarcopenia, osteoporosis, Parkinson disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cerebral vascular disease are emphasized.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

DHSC 1622 Motor Control in Late Life or Permission of the Instructor

DHSC 1725

Independent Study In Geriatric Therapy

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This is an intensive course requiring self directed learning related to a specific component of geriatrics. The purpose of this course is to provide each student with an in-depth understanding of the body of literature underpinning the student's scholarly project. The course plan includes the student's individual course objectives, scope of work to be accomplished, and grading criteria.

Credits: 1-4

Prerequisites

Permission of the Instructor