IPTOP conference summaries

IPTOP encourages collaboration between its member organisations, both to provide opportunities to network and to learn. The IPTOP Committee attempt to provide educational opportunities for members every two years by organising stand-alone Conferences or by participating in the programme of the WCPT Congresses. IPTOP seeks invitations from its member organisations willing to collaborate so members can attend such conferences.

The events section of the WCPT website provides an expanded conference/events list including conferences that may be of interest to physical therapists working with older people. To include your event on the list or enquire about an advertisement please contact Rachel Moore at WCPT.



1 November

Addressing the Impact of Cognitive Frailty and Dementia on the Rehabilitation of Older Adults

Instructor Names: Dr. Hans Hobbelen, PT, PhD (IPTOP), Dr. Susan Hunter, PT, PhD (IPTOP & CPA), Dr. Kiran Rabheru (IPA), Dr. David Conn (IPA)
Date: November 1, 2018 at 8 am – 4:15 pm (7 Contact Hours)
Program Host: International Physical Therapists for Older Adults (IPTOP)
Program Collaborators: International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and Seniors’ Health Division/Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)
Register at: http://www.montreal18.ca

Older adults are the fastest growing segment of Canada’s population and world-wide. The prevalence of chronic conditions increase with age, and are often interpreted as a normal part of aging. Frailty is an often-used term to indicate physiological loss of reserve, poor response to health stresses, and increased risk for adverse health outcomes. In daily practice it can be awkward for physiotherapists to work practically with the term frailty. Frailty is complex and dynamic and often not recognized by patients themselves. This course will focus on a critical and increasingly important aspect of frailty that significantly impacts the rehabilitation potential of older adults—age-associated mental/cognitive disorders and dementia. As of 2015, 47.5 million people worldwide are living with dementia, more than the total population of Canada. The global number will increase to an estimated 75.6 million in 2030, and almost triple by 2050 to 135.5 million, with commensurate growth in health-care costs.

Increasingly, how to best address the rehabilitation needs of older adults is complicated by the growing prevalence of dementia and other age-associated changes in cognitive ability such as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

This session will review available evidence on how physiotherapists can best adapt their rehabilitation approaches in the setting of cognitive and behavioral changes in older adults.

Along with didactic presentations by experts in the field, an interactive, case-based format will provide participants with opportunities to share their own experiences, expertise and recommendations on how to best address the needs of older adults living with cognitive frailty.