OTA 206 - Geriatric Populations and the Occupational Therapy Assistant

4 credits (PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: OTA 101)

This course presents the pathophysiology, etiology, clinical signs and implications for intervention of various conditions seen in geriatric disabilities across practice settings, in a problem-based learning approach with didactic and hands-on activities. Identification of geriatric physical and psychological diseases common to occupational therapy practice and exploration of the therapeutic intervention process utilizing the occupational therapy practice framework. This course addresses the impact of environmental, cultural and community influences on the older individual, focusing on an ever changing occupational status through the influences of component skills. The methods of geriatric treatment and reimbursement available to the occupational therapy practitioner within the context of health care and the community are addressed. Lecture and lab. (F, Sp, Su)