The Section on Geriatrics APTA is offering a 3 course series leading to becoming a “Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults“. The Academy has supported the geriatric physical therapy training program for several years with Thera-Band products including resistance bands, Stability Trainers and FlexBars. Physical therapists who complete the program will demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in (1) examination of aging adults, (2) designing and applying an effective exercise prescription, and (3) measuring the effectiveness and reflecting on the current evidence of exercise for all aging adults. The process to attain the credential of “Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults” is to complete formal didactic education and to participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection, practical testing, and critical thinking. Three courses of two days each address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery. The three courses are designed to build on each other; however, Courses 1 and 2 can be taken out of sequence. Course 1 is Introduction and Examinati on (Tests and Measures); Course 2 is Exercise Prescription and Consensus Guidelines; and Course 3 is Special Populations, Complementary Exercises, Motivation, Drug and Nutritional Considerations, and Marketing. For information contact Karen Oshman at <>. Further information can be found on the Section’s website

Here is the schedule of upcoming courses: 
Texas State University–San Marcos 

Department of Physical Therapy 

601 University Drive 

San Marcos, TX 78666 

Course 1: January 15-16, 2011 

Course 2: March 12-13, 2011 

Course 3: May 28-29, 2011 


Des Moines University Physical Therapy Department

3200 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50312 

Course 2: March 19-20, 2011 

Course 3: May 14-15, 2011 


Nova Southeastern University 

3200 S. University Drive 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328-2018 

Course 1: April 30-May 1, 2011 

Course 2: September 17-18, 2011 

Course 3: November 12-13, 2011 


Fox GERI: Geriatric Education & Research Institute 

7 Carnegie Plaza 

Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003 

Course 1: March 24-25, 2012 

Course 2: April 21-22, 2012 

Course 3: July 21-22, 2012

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