Older adults commonly present with cognition and communication impairments due to either a recent traumatic brain injury (TBI) impacting function or the cognitive changes of aging with previous TBI. This course uses a series of case studies to describe the common clinical presentations of each type of older adult with TBI, appropriate goals, expected progression, and evidence-based interventions to integrate into a plan of care. Clinicians will learn best practices for assessment and management of this population and considerations for comorbidities that can influence recovery.
0.10 ASHA CEUs
Approved for 1.0000 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.0000 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Prior History of TBI vs. New Onset in Older Adults
TBI in the Aging Brain
The Typically Aging Brain
TBI and Aging: What Is Different?
TBI and Dementia
TBI and Parkinson’s Disease
Typical Clinical Presentations of TBI in the Older Adult
Section 3: Assessment and Intervention
Section 4: Example: History of TBI in an Older Patient
Section 5: Examples of New TBI in the An Older Patient
The Silent Epidemic
Falls and TBI
Case Example: A New TBI
Case Example: A New TBI in a Patient with Dementia
Section 6: Conclusion
Karen is a Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 30 years’ experience in a variety of medical settings, including acute care, subacute care, skilled nursing, and home health. She received her B.A. in English and Developmental Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Rutgers. She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California and works in home health. When time allows, Karen enjoys teaching others by combining her clinical experience with her love for writing.Writer: Wendy Phillips, PT, BSPT
Disclosure: Karen Eutsler Little, MSCCC-SLP. discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as Collecting Speaker's Fees All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Biology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University. She has more than 25 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist in multiple care settings, including acute care, inpatient rehab, independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and outpatient orthopedics. Wendy has a strong manual therapy background and has completed additional training in McConnell taping, geriatric care, McKenzie MDT, Maitland Mobilizations for the joints and spine. She is most passionate about using her manual skills to improve mobility and reduce pain in individuals of all ages. As a Lead Physical Therapy writer for Relias, Wendy enjoys being able to combine her clinical knowledge with her interest in research and staying up-to-date with changes and advances in the field of rehabilitation. Disclosure: Wendy Phillips, PT, BSPT discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
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