Due to lengthening life span, the elderly are experiencing more wear and tear on their bodies.


The average life expectancy of a person in the United States is steadily increasing. Due to this additional life span, the elderly are experiencing more wear and tear on their bodies. This affects their mobility. This course will cover the mobility spectrum ranges from optimal functioning to total dependence with regard to bed mobility, sitting, transfers, standing, ambulating, and balancing. Dr. Carole Lewis has developed the framework for increasing function in an older population.

Course Details


Course Length



Module I

Unit 01: Introduction
Unit 02: Statistics – Our Future Selves
Unit 03: Physiological Changes in the Current System
Unit 04: Specific Strengthening Protocols
Unit 05: Discussions with Mr Nerve and The Heart
Unit 06: Bed Rise Difficulty
Unit 07: Passive Sitting Evaluation
Unit 08: Wheelchair Evaluation
Unit 09: Exercises and Role-Playing with Wally Cook
Unit 10: Question and Answer Section Part I

Module II

Unit 11: From the chair to the standing position
Unit 12: Examples of Helpful Exercises
Unit 13: Identifying Postural Abnormalities
Unit 14: Gait and Balance
Unit 15: Assessment and Improvement of Gait Pattern
Unit 16: Balance – Why People Fall
Unit 17: Review of Journal Entries and Articles
Unit 18: Balance Training Exercises
Unit 19: Environmental Assessments – Normal vs Impaired Vision
Unit 20: Treatment Strategies
Unit 21: Question and Answer Section Part II

Final Test

Certificate of Completion

Course Evaluation

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this class, you should be able to:

  • Identify mobility challenges in aging populations
  • Summarize techniques and practices to increase function in older populations