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Physiotherapy Collaborative Workshop

Addressing the Impact of Cognitive Frailty and Dementia on the Rehabilitation of Older Adults

IPA is excited to partner with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and the International Physical Therapists for Older Adults (IPTOP) for this new one-day workshop. Geared towards physiotherapists and other allied health professionals working with older adults, the programs will focus on a critical and increasingly important aspect of frailty that significantly impacts the rehabilitation potential of older adults—age-associated mental/cognitive disorders and dementia.

  • Date: 1 November 2018 at 8 am – 4:15 pm (7 Contact Hours)
  • Venue and Geographic Location: Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress, Montreal, Quebec
  • Program Host: International Physical Therapists for Older Adults (IPTOP)
  • Program collaborators: International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) / Seniors’ Health Division
  • Intended audience: Physiotherapists, and other allied health professionals working with older adults
  • Full program and details can be found on the Pre Congress website and registration is now open


Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize cognitive and pathophysiologic changes of aging which impact management of frailty in older adults
  2. Understand the impact of cognitive and behavioural changes on physiotherapy in older adults
  3. Demonstrate adapted rehabilitation approaches in the setting of cognitive and behavioral changes in older adults
  4. Develop multi-modal strategies for management of cognitive frailty and its consequences in older adults


Kiran Rabheru MD, CCFP, FRCP, DABPN
University of Ottawa
Session: "Neuropsychiatric Contributors to Frailty & Rehabilitation Potential"
Dr. Kiran Rabheru, MD is a Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. In 2014, he was certified as a subspecialist in Geriatric Psychiatry by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as recertified as a geriatric psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Currently at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Rabheru serves as Medical Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry and ECT Program, as well as the Behavioral Support Team.

David Conn MB, BCh, BAO, FRCPC
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
Session: "The Impact of Dementia on Rehabilitation"
Dr. David Conn, MB, FRCPC, is the vice-president of Education and inaugural director of the Centre for Education & Knowledge Exchange at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, and a professor in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario. He is the founding co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, and is chair of the Coalition’s National Guidelines project. His academic interests include nursing home psychiatry, guideline development and late life mood disorders. Dr. Conn has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and is the co-editor of three textbooks including Practical Psychiatry in the Long-Term Care Homes: A Handbook for Staff.


Hans Hobbelen, PT, PhD
Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands
Session: "Overview of frailty and varying viewpoints in the literature"
Dr. Hans Hobbelen, is a Professor in Healthy Lifestyle, Ageing and Health Care, at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands. He completed his PhD in 2010 on the topic of paratonia, a distinctive form of hypertonia in dementia. He is currently Vice President of the International Association of Physical Therapists for Older People (IPTOP) sub-group of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT), a Board member of the Dutch Association for Geriatric Physical Therapy (NVFG), member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, and Program Leader of the Living Lab Active Ageing Elderly, part of the national Centre of Expertise on Healthy Ageing, funded by the Dutch government.

Susan Hunter, PT, PhD
University of Western Ontario
Session: "Balance and gait and their interaction with cognitive decline"
Dr. Susan Hunter is Assistant Professor at the School of Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Dr. Hunter’s teaching and research interests include balance, gait, postural stability, falls and fall-related injuries in older adults, and rehabilitation of cognitively impaired older adults. She has authored numerous scientific papers and presented at national and international conferences.


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