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PRI Integration for Geriatrics - Oakland, CA - Course in Review

Beautiful weekend in Oakland California talking PRI for the frail, the immobile and the chronic with a super group of medical professionals at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. A huge thanks to our host site coordinator Shaun Buchanan for thinking of everything and making sure we had a wonderful weekend. Your hosting was amazing Shaun. Also thank you to Tim Dempsey, CSCS, CPT, PRT who assisting me this weekend as a lab instructor and made sure the group had a good experience.

 The night before the course was fun and relaxing for me because I got to attend a Golden State Warriors basketball game in the new Chase Center arena. I have been to several games in the historic Oracle Arena in Oakland, but getting to attend a game in their newly completed arena across the bay in San Francisco was an awesome experience. After the game, I picked up a souvenir that helped me teach the course the next day. It was a Matryoshka or nesting doll painted as one of my favorite players, Klay Thompson. Klay turned out to be great asset for giving the class context for rotational diaphragm performance, lumbopelvic rotation and contralateral respiratory rotation through the rib cage during transitional activities and gait. Who knew?

This PRI Integration for Geriatrics course does a great job assessing and making treatment recommendations for different aspects of the human gait cycle. The design of the Seated Gait Integration Test is to determine early to mid stance performance and the design of the Seated Eversion with Abduction Test is to determine late stance/pre-swing performance for the geriatric athlete. These components of upright performance are essential for dynamic upright balance activities, transfers in and out of the standing position and delivering efficient gait mechanics. Seeing the L AIC/R BC pattern in context with different components of gait allows the practitioner to make meaningful changes to gait deficiencies and upright balance and transfer problems. Preventing falls in these populations is by far the most meaningful thing you can do to preserve upright function.

Another powerful aspect of this course if the time spent on Functional Routines in the Home from both a patterned and a preferred standpoint. Thank you John Maynarich, OT for helping our class stay functionally minded throughout the course and for representing the profession of Occupational Therapy so well. You were right, this material is well designed for OT practitioners and should be an important part of all geriatric care. Our ability to make positive changes in daily functional routines really is the whole point, isn't it?

Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to our 3 first-time course attendees in the class. Thank you Tom Borremeo, Christina Cherg and Fabrice Rockich. You guys were amazing. And thank you Carol Cahn, PT, PRC for personally bringing your friend and co-worker Tom to the course. As I said, you 3 newbies are VIPs from my perspective and it was an honor to cater the content of the presentation to your level of understanding as we went along. Thank you for being willing to ask questions and for the great class discussions you helped to generate. You literally are the reason the Affiliate program exists and we thank you for being there.  

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