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Treating Older Adults — Quiz Results

It has been very interesting to watch the results come in on the quick quiz we posted last week regarding treating older adults. THANK YOU for participating! We hope it was fun, and now… we are ready to give you the feedback on this exercise. First, let me state that it was very gratifying to see so many hit it right on the nail on questions 1 and 3. Well done! As for questions 2 and 4 — well… check it out!

Avers quiz 1

A vast majority got this right. But on the next question, the correct answer (that community dwelling older adults who are functioning well are able to walk over 1/4 mile) got only 22.39% of the votes.

Avers quiz 2

As far as question #3, the greater number of you got it right: Speed of movement is the most powerful predictor of functional decline.

Avers quiz 3

And on the question about the ratio between stretching and exercising, less than 1/4 of you nailed it: it’s 60/4!

Avers quiz 4

We hope that this short quiz proved instructive to some degree. The whole practice of geriatric PT is increasingly relevant: As the boomer generation enters an older age bracket, you are likely to end up with more and more older patients in your care. Geriatrics PT is a topic covered in great detail in a passionate and entertaining style by Dale Avers, PT, DPT, Ph.D. and Patrick VanBeveren, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, GCS, CSCS in their EDUCATA course Functional Assessment and Exercise for the Aging Adult. Dr. Avers is a recipient of numerous awards, and a past president of the Geriatrics Section of the APTA, while Dr. VanBeveren is the past president of the NY chapter of the APTA and has also been recognized for his expertise.


For a few more days (until March 1, 2013), you may purchase Drs. Avers’ & VanBeveren’s course on the subject of aging patients at a very special rate:

25% off older adult

Your aging patient

Without exercise, aging is accompanied by a slippery slope of decreased vigor and well being. As PTs, there is much we can do to halt this decline and to help ourselves and our patients.

In this blog entry, we’d like to take the pulse of our community with a series of quick questions — for fun and for learning. Check them out and participate! We’ll share the responses (and correct answers!) in a follow up soon.

How much do you know about aging and exercise? Quiz yourself!




How did you do? We will publish the combined responses in the next few days. In the meantime, if you are treating older patients, you owe it to yourself to check out EDUCATA’s Functional Assessment and Exercise for the Aging Adult course by Drs. Avers & VanBeveren. They cover this topic with great expertise in a series of engaging lectures.

During February, we are offering this course at 25% off its regular price. That means that the cost of the 7-hour course is now only $157.41. The lectures include:

This offer will be good until February 28, 2013. To take advantage of the offer, click here and enroll. The discount will be automatically applied.

In the meantime, stay tuned for next week’s post with the results of the above quizzes. And, as always, we’d love to hear your questions and comments, so feel free!


Marilyn Pink, PT, Ph.D.

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