This course builds upon DPT 5055 Transitional Care I by addressing physical therapy patient/client management of the older adult in the long term care, subacute, assisted living and outpatient settings. Theories of aging and the effects of normal aging on the neuromuscular and integumentary systems are introduced. Effects of normal aging on the cardiopulmonary system and musculoskeletal systems are expanded upon from DPT 6000 and DPT 5055. Concepts of and issues related to successful aging, frailty, sexuality, polypharmacy, nutritional needs, and residential care of older adults are covered. Topics include dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, introduction to vestibular dysfunction (BPPV), balance/falls, wellness/prevention, osteoporosis, and administration issues (compliance, financial performance, restraints). Connective tissue disorders are defined and rheumatoid arthritis is studied. The neuroscience of emotion, cognition and the limbic system; fundamentals of teaching/learning theory; and design of a teaching presentation are included. Multiple sclerosis is presented and integrated with issues of aging. Reimbursement systems (Medicare) are addressed, as is evidence-based practice with regard to selected functional outcome measures. Research topics include epidemiology, reliability, chi square and kappa. The Senior Mentor series culminates in this course with the integration of information learned with multiple key topics. Prerequisite: DPT 6015.