An innovative educational clinical experience promoting geriatric exercise

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Submitted by Minnesota North... on Jun 6, 2021 - 6:36pm CDT

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Journal Article

This article published in Gerontology & Geriatrics Education describes how formal educational training in physical activity promotion is relatively sparse throughout the medical education system. The authors describe an innovative clinical experience in physical activity directed at medical clinicians on a geriatrics rotation. The experience consists of a single 2 1/2 hour session, in which learners are partnered with geriatric patients engaged in a formal supervised exercise program. The learners are guided through an evidence-based exercise regimen tailored to functional status. This experience provides learners with an opportunity to interact with geriatric patients outside the hospital environment to counterbalance the typical geriatric rotation in which geriatric patients are often seen in clinics or hospitals. In this experience, learners are exposed to fit and engaged geriatric patients successfully living in the community despite chronic or disabling conditions. The full article can be accessed with an OpenAthens account through your institution or with a Taylor & Francis Online account.

Kenneth M. Manning
Darien L. McNeill
Sandra O. Pinheiro
Mitchell T. Heflin
Willy M. Valencia
Cathy C. Lee
Steven C. Castle
Leslie Catzel
Jamie Giffuni
Miriam C. Morey