NCOA Connect

Physical Therapists as Partners for Older Adult Health & Wellness

May 31st webinar: The Role of Physical Therapy in Older Adult Health & Wellness

Did you ever wonder what physical therapists do? Or if they could help an older adult who recently stopped going to your exercise classes and started using a cane? And if they could help, where do you find a physical therapist and who would pay for the service? This 30-minute webinar will describe the role of physical therapy in older adult health and wellness and how senior centers and other community-based organizations can partner with physical therapists to improve their programs and services.

October 18th webinar: Strategies to Build Partnerships with Physical Therapists

Everyone wins, especially older adults when community-based organizations and physical therapists collaborate to build a continuum of health and wellness. This 30-minute webinar will describe the benefits of this collaboration from the perspective of senior center staff and physical therapists. A step-by-step process for community-based organizations to identify and engage with physical therapists in their community will be discussed and potential barriers will be identified and addressed. After this webinar, you will know how to start the right conversation with the right physical therapist to build your community-clinical bridge.




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    Did you ever wonder what physical therapists do? Or if they could help an older adult who recently stopped going to your exercise classes and started using a cane? And if they could help, where do you find a physical therapist and who would pay for the service? This 30-minute webinar will describe the role of physical therapy in older adult health and wellness and how senior centers and other community-based organizations can partner with physical therapists to improve their programs and services.

    Did you ever wonder what physical therapists do? Or if they could help an older adult who recently stopped going to your exercise classes and started using a cane? And if they could help, where do you find a physical therapist and who would pay for the service? This 30-minute webinar will describe the role of physical therapy in older adult health and wellness and how senior centers and other community-based organizations can partner with physical therapists to improve their programs and services.

     Learning Objectives: By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

    1. Describe the role of physical therapy in older adult health and wellness 
    2. Identify older adults who could benefit from working with a physical therapist
    3. Discuss ways and strategies senior centers and community-based organizations can connect with physical therapists in the local community

    Dianne Stone

    Associate Director of Network Development and Engagement, Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC

    National Council on Aging

    Dianne Stone has more than 20 years of experience with senior centers and aging issues, primarily as the Director of the Newington Senior and Disabled Center in Newington, Connecticut. Stone has also worked, volunteered, and held leadership positions with a variety of organizations in Connecticut, including Connecticut AgeWell Collaborative, the ADA Coalition of Connecticut, Connecticut Medicaid Oversight Council, and the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity. She joined NCOA in January 2022, as a member of the Center for Healthy Aging, where she is primarily focused on supporting senior centers throughout the country through the ACL-funded Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC. 

    Tiffany Shubert, PT, PhD

    Senior Product Manager, Relias and Clinical Architect

    Shubert Consulting

    Tiffany E. Shubert, PT, PhD, Senior Product Manager, Relias and Clinical Architect,  Shubert Consulting, North Carolina. Dr. Shubert has been a leader in the dissemination of the Otago Exercise Program in the United States. She was funded by the CDC to develop the OEP online training and study OEP implementation in the United States. She has developed and tested virtual versions and community-based delivery modes of the OEP. She has a BA in communication from UC San Diego, a Master’s in Physical Therapy from UC San Francisco, and a PhD in Movement Science from UNC Chapel Hill.

    Rebecca M. Elmitt, PT, GCS

    Physical Therapist

    Immanuel Pathways PACE

    Rebecca M. Elmitt, PT,GCS, staff physical therapist at Immanuel Pathways PACE program in central Iowa.Rebecca graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University ofIowa in 2013 and became a Board Certified Geriatric Certified Specialist in2020. She is passionate about serving older adults in her practice andmaintains certifications and memberships in APTA Geriatrics, A Matter ofBalance, and LSVT BIG.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/18/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Everyone wins, especially older adults when community-based organizations and physical therapists collaborate to build a continuum of health and wellness. This 30-minute webinar will describe the benefits of this collaboration from the perspective of senior center staff and physical therapists. A step-by-step process for community-based organizations to identify and engage with physical therapists in their community will be discussed and potential barriers will be identified and addressed. After this webinar, you will know how to start the right conversation with the right physical therapist to build your community-clinical bridge.

    Everyone wins, especially older adults when community-based organizations and physical therapists collaborate to build a continuum of health and wellness. This 30-minute webinar will describe the benefits of this collaboration from the perspective of senior center staff and physical therapists. A step-by-step process for community-based organizations to identify and engage with physical therapists in their community will be discussed and potential barriers will be identified and addressed. After this webinar, you will know how to start the right conversation with the right physical therapist to build your community-clinical bridge.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Describe the benefits of collaborating with physical therapy for senior centers and community-based organizations
    2. Describe effective ways to partner with physical therapists to improve older adult health and wellness programming and services
    3. Discuss potential barriers to meaningful partnership and strategies to overcome them