Course Code: REL-RT-0-CCETBIOA
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Identify 2 types of TBI and their effects on older/aging people.
Describe at least 3 deficits identified during the evaluation of an older adult with TBI.
Describe at least 3 comorbid factors that influence the older person’s potential to recover from TBI.
Describe 3 strategies for maximizing communication/cognitive linguistic functioning in older adults with TBI.
Describe the similarities and differences in active rehabilitation of older adults with TBI as compared to younger adults with TBI.
Discuss 2 elements of discharge planning that must be considered in assuring safety for the adult with TBI.
TBI in Older People
Demographic Information – Geriatric versus Younger TBI
Mechanisms of TBI
2 Types of Traumatic Brian Injury in older People
Geriatric TBI data (2013)
Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury
Alertness and Attention
Working/Short Term Memory, Long Term Memory
Visual Perception and Language Skills
Executive Functioning and Problem Solving/Reasoning
Integration of Skills
Why is TBI Different in Older People?
Why Is Aging Different in Older People Who Have Had a TBI?
Dementia and TBI
What Other Comorbid Factors Contribute?
How Can I Help My Patient?
What About Apps?
Decision Making and Autonomy
Pamela Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Pamela Smith is a professor of speech pathology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in acquired neurogenic disorders of communication, cognition and swallowing as well as psycholinguistics. She has over 30 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist including work in acute care, acute rehabilitation, long term care and home health settings. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a member of Special Interest Group #2 Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Special Interest Group #15 Gerontology.
Disclosure: Pamela Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
The target audience for this course is: entry level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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