Incorporate the most current knowledge on intervention with geriatric patients into your physiotherapeutic practice, with a program that is established as the most comprehensive one in this sector"

Achieving up-to-date and quality professional performance in the field of geriatrics requires the physiotherapist to have the tools to create a treatment strategy based on clinical reasoning that leads them to set goals which they can then address with physiotherapeutic treatment.  

To do this, the professional must assess and examine the patient, understanding the most complex characteristics such as the social context in which they live and the framework of action (home care, in residential centers, in daycare centers or social centers and even private clinics).

This work should include treatments for pre-frailty, frailty, pain, trauma, neurological, respiratory and/or pelvic floor disorders, gerontological syndromes or cognitive impairment, and side effects of drugs and/or biopsychosocial conditions that may complicate the clinical picture.  

Therefore, it is essential to know the tools of physiotherapy and the appropriateness of its application in each case, such as active exercise, manual therapy and electrotherapy. It is important to be able to work in an interdisciplinary team, with appropriate communication tools, understanding the concept of person-centered care, having the most up-to-date knowledge of support devices and even the support of current technology. All this can be key to success in physiotherapy treatment.

An intensive study of the different therapeutic situations that may arise with geriatric patients in the field of physiotherapy"

This online Professional Master’s Degree in Geriatric Physiotherapy offers you the advantages of a first class scientific, educational, and technological course. These are some of its most notable features:

  • The latest technology in online teaching software
  • Intensely visual teaching system, supported by graphic and schematic contents, easy to assimilate and understand
  • Practical cases presented by practising experts
  • State-of-the-art interactive video systems
  • Teaching supported by telepractice
  • Continuous updating and recycling systems
  • Autonomous learning: full compatibility with other occupations
  • Practical exercises for self-evaluation and learning verification
  • Support groups and educational synergies: questions to the expert, debate and knowledge forums
  • Communication with the teacher and individual reflection work
  • Content that is available from any fixed or portable device with internet connection
  • Supplementary documentation databases are permanently available, even after the course

Easily and confidently acquire the most up-to-date vision of interventions for the different cases that geriatric patients may present" 

The program’s teaching staff includes professionals from the sector who contribute their work experience to this program, as well as renowned specialists from leading societies and prestigious universities.

The multimedia content, developed with the latest educational technology, will provide the professional with situated and contextual learning, i.e., a simulated environment that will provide an immersive program to learn in real situations.

This program is designed around Problem-Based Learning, whereby the professional must try to solve the different professional practice situations that arise during the academic year. For this purpose, the student will be assisted by an innovative interactive video system created by renowned and experienced experts.    

This Geriatric Physiotherapy is an intense program created to allow the physiotherapist to learn in a dynamic and effective way" 

With the support of the most efficient audiovisual systems, the purpose of this Professional Master’s Degree is that you not only acquire new knowledge, but that upon completion, you possess the working skills you need in this field" 


Through a complete and detailed syllabus, you will cover all the essential subject areas, gradually acquiring the skills required to put the necessary knowledge into practice. A very well-developed learning structure that will allow you to learn in a continuous, efficient way and which is tailored to your needs.   

A complete program created to boost the effectiveness of physiotherapy intervention in geriatrics, through a learning process that is compatible with your personal and professional life"

Module 1. Clinical Reasoning in Physiogeriatrics

1.1. Past, Present and Future of Geriatric Physiotherapy

1.1.1. Brief History of Physiotherapy Conclusions

1.1.2. Current Situation of Geriatric Physiotherapy
1.1.3. Future of Geriatric Physiotherapy Physiotherapy and New Technologies

1.2. Active Aging

1.2.1. Introduction
1.2.2. Concept of Active Aging
1.2.3. Classification
1.2.4. Active Aging from the Patients Point of View
1.2.5. Role of the Physical Therapist in Active Aging Programs
1.2.6. Example of Intervention

1.3. Geriatric Physiotherapy and Context of Action

1.3.1. Introduction and Definitions
1.3.2. Fields of Action Residential Centers Socio-Sanitary Primary Care Physiotherapy in Palliative Care Units

1.3.3. Future Areas in Physiogeriatrics New Technologies Physiotherapy and Architecture

1.3.4. Interdisciplinary Teams in Geriatrics Multidisciplinary or Interdisciplinary Teams? Composition and Functioning of the Interdisciplinary Team Main Functions within the Interdisciplinary Team

1.4. Differential Diagnosis and Alarm Signs and Symptoms: Red and Yellow Flags in Geriatrics, Differential Diagnosis, Red and Yellow Flags

1.4.1. Introduction and Definitions Differential Diagnosis Diagnosis in Physiotherapy Geriatric Syndromes Red and Yellow Flags

1.4.2. Most Common Red Flags in Clinical Practice Urinary Infection Oncologic Pathology Heart Failure Fractures

1.5. Pharmacology, Effects on the Neuromusculoskeletal System

1.5.1. Introduction Drugs Influencing Gait

1.5.2. Drugs and Risk of Falls

1.6. Approach to the Physical Therapy Session in Geriatrics

1.6.1. Physiotherapeutic Examination and Assessment of the Geriatric Patient Valuation Components Most Commonly Used Scales and Tests

1.6.2. Determination of Treatment Objectives
1.6.3. Organization of the Treatment Session
1.6.4. Organization of the Physiotherapist's Own Work
1.6.5. Treatment Follow-up in the Elderly Patient

Module 2. Person-Centered Care (PCC): A Look from Physiotherapy

2.1. Definition, Concepts and Basic Principles

2.1.1. Decalogue of People-Centered Care What is and What is Not PCC: Its Principles Clarifying Concepts: Glossary of Terms

2.1.2. Origin and Conceptual Basis of PCC References from Psychology Referents from Social Intervention Quality of Life Benchmarks References from the Study of Disability Civil Rights Referents from the Civil Rights of Individuals Referrals from Gerontological Resources Legal and Regulatory Aspects

2.2. The PCC Model

2.2.1. Paradigm and Intervention Model

2.3. Good Practices in PCC

2.3.1. Definition and Concept of Good Practices
2.3.2. Areas of Best Practices
2.3.3. "Best Practices", the Path to a Best Practice
2.3.4. Key Best Practices

2.4. The Process of Transformation from a Service Model to a PCC Model

2.4.1. How to Build an Apprenticeship
2.4.2. Transformation of Services
2.4.3. Transformation of People

2.5. Provision of Physical Therapy Services in an PCC Model

2.5.1. Person-Centered Physical Therapy vs. Individualized Physiotherapy
2.5.2. Epistemology of People-Centered Physiotherapy

2.6. Actions

2.6.1. Introduction
2.6.2. Actions The Reception of the Physiotherapist Assessment and Evaluation Processes The Intervention Interrelationship with Co-Workers Interrelation with the Physical Environment Interrelation with the Community

Module 3. Understanding Fragility 

3.1. Integral Vision of Fragility

3.1.1. Introduction
3.1.2. Definitions of Fragility
3.1.3. Pathophysiological Bases of Frailty Activation of Inflammation and Coagulation Processes Comorbidity Malnutrition and Sarcopenia

3.1.4. Frailty as a Syndrome
3.1.5. Interventions and Models of Care

3.2. Tools for Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment of Frailty

3.2.1. Introduction
3.2.2. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
3.2.3. Frailty Assessment Scales
3.2.4. Conclusions
3.2.5. Learning Points

3.3. Assessment of Frailty in Physiotherapy

3.3.1. Initial Interview 
3.3.2. Highlighted Tests Specific Tests for Frailty Fall Risk Test Dual Tasks Strength Test Cardiopulmonary Capacity Test Functional Tests

3.3.3. Parameter Calculation
3.3.4. Summary

3.4. Exercise Prescription

3.4.1. General Aspects
3.4.2. Individual Exercise Prescription Heating Strength/Power Balance Aerobic Endurance Stretching

3.4.3. Group Dynamics in the Frail or Pre-fragile Patient Heating 

3.4.4. Summary

3.5. Therapeutic Adherence

3.5.1. Factors of Non-Adherence Socioeconomic Factors Health System or Care Disease Treatment Patients

3.5.2. Adherence Strategies ICT

3.5.3. Summary

3.6. Assessment of Frailty in Physiotherapy

3.6.1. Risk Factors for Falls
3.6.2. Diagnosis of Falls Specific Fall Risk Diagnostic Tests

3.6.3. Consequences of Falls
3.6.4. Containment to Prevent Falls Side Effects of Containment Adapted Containment Environmental and Verbal Restraints Types of Containments

3.6.5. Post-Fall Treatment
3.6.6. Summary

3.7. Care Transitions

3.7.1. Justification of Programs in Transitions
3.7.2. Limitations in Care Transitions
3.7.3. What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Care Transitions? 
3.7.4. An Example of "Pre-Discharge Service": Transition Coaches
3.7.5. Nursing Frailty Assessment at Discharge Communication Techniques Motivational Interview Person-Centered Care; Health Goals for the Elderly 

Module 4. Physiotherapy Approach to People Affected by Cognitive Impairment

4.1. Introduction to Cognitive Impairment

4.1.1. Cognitive Impairment Definition and Epidemiology Risk Factors Diagnosis Treatment Non-Pharmacological Treatment Pharmacological Treatment

4.1.2. Dementia Epidemiology Pathogenesis and Risk Factors Clinical Manifestations Evolution Diagnosis Differential Diagnosis Mild Cognitive Impairment: Already Explained Previously Acute Confusional Syndrome or Delirium Subjective Memory Complaints and AAMI (Age-Associated Memory Impairment) Affective Disorders: Depression-Depressive Pseudodepressive Dementia Severity of Dementia Treatment Non-Pharmacological Treatment Pharmacological Treatment Comorbidity-Mortality

4.2. Types of Cognitive Impairment: Possible Classifications

4.2.1. Utility of the Cognitive Impairment Classification
4.2.2. Types of Classification By Degree of Affectation By Evolution Course By Age of Presentation By Clinical Syndrome By Etiology

4.3. Causes and Effects of Cognitive Impairment

4.3.1. Introduction
4.3.2. Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment
4.3.3. Causes of Cognitive Impairment Primary Neurodegenerative Etiology Vascular Etiology Other Etiologies

4.3.4. Effects of Cognitive Impairment Inattention and Lack of Concentration Memory Impairment Language Impairment Apraxia Agnosias Executive Function Disorders Alteration of Visuospatial Functions Behavioral Alteration Alteration of Perception

4.3.5. Conclusions

4.4. Individual and Group Physical Therapy Approach

4.4.1. Physiotherapy and Dementia
4.4.2. Physical Therapy Assessment
4.4.3. Therapeutic Objectives
4.4.4. Therapeutic Interventions from Physiotherapy Physical Exercise Individual Therapy Group Therapy Physiotherapy According to the Stages of Cognitive Impairment Alteration of Balance and Gait

4.4.5. Adherence to Treatment-Family

4.5. Tools to Connect

4.5.1. Introduction
4.5.2. Difficulties Encountered with Disoriented and/or Disconnected Users
4.5.3. How to Access the Disoriented and/or Disconnected User Music as a Tool for Working with People with Dementia Application of Music in People Affected by Dementia Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Application of AAT in People Affected by Dementia Structure of Sessions Materials The Dog Examples of AAT Application Yoga and Mindfulness Yoga Mindfulness Application of Mindfulness

4.6. Basal Stimulation

4.6.1. Origin of Basal Stimulation 
4.6.2. Definition of Basal Stimulation
4.6.3. Indications of Basal Stimulation
4.6.4. Basic Principles of Basal Stimulation Advantages of Basal Stimulation

4.6.5. Basic Needs Requirements of Basal Stimulation Basic Areas of Perception 

4.6.6. Body Identity and Environment 
4.6.7. Global Communication

4.7. Sharing of Knowledge, Interdisciplinary Approach to the Affected Person

4.7.1. Introduction
4.7.2. Biopsychosocial Model as a Reference
4.7.3. Multidisciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity
4.7.4. Areas of Intervention. Levels of Care Primary Care Specialized Care Socio-Health Care Other Professionals

4.7.5. Integrative Health. A Holistic View
4.7.6. Community Intervention
4.7.7. Conclusions

Module 5. Pain and Aging, Update on Current Scientific Evidence

5.1. Anatomy and Physiology of Pain Transmission

5.1.1. Peripheral Elements
5.1.2. Nociceptors
5.1.3. Nociceptor Depolarization
5.1.4. Peripheral Sensitization of Nociceptors

5.2. Types of Pain

5.2.1. Introduction
5.2.2. Temporal Acute Pain Chronic Pain

5.3. Pain and Aging

5.3.1. Aging
5.3.2. Characteristics of Aging
5.3.3. Prevalence
5.3.4. Physiological Changes of Aging
5.3.5. Physical and Neurological Changes with Impact on Pain Chronification Differences in Pain Perception Increased Chronic Inflammation in Aging Disruption of the Circadian Cycle in Aging Neurodegeneration and Implications for Learning Elderly Depression Sedentary Lifestyle and Frailty in the Elderly Under-Recognized and Under-Treated Pain

5.4. Pain Syndromes in Geriatrics

5.4.1. Introduction
5.4.2. Cervical Osteoarthritis
5.4.3. Occipital Neuralgia
5.4.4. Cervicogenic Dizziness
5.4.5. Vertebral Fracture due to Osteoporosis
5.4.6. Lumbar Osteoarthritis and Facet Syndrome
5.4.7. Central Canal Stenosis in the Lumbar Spine
5.4.8. Hip Osteoarthritis
5.4.9. Shoulder Rotator Cuff Rupture
5.4.10. Knee Osteoarthritis

5.5. Pain Assessment
5.6. Pharmacological Treatment of Pain in the Geriatric Patient

5.6.1. Drugs for Pain
5.6.2. Aines
5.6.3. Coxibs
5.6.4. Paracetamol
5.6.5. Metamizole
5.6.6. Opioid Drugs
5.6.7. Phytotherapy
5.6.8. Adjuvant Drugs

5.7. Physiotherapist's Treatment of the Geriatric Patient

Module 6. Update on Support Devices for the Autonomy of People

6.1. Support Product Definition

6.1.1. Framework and Definition of Supporting Product
6.1.2. What Characteristics Must Each Support Product (S.P.) Comply With?
6.1.3. Success in Optimal Product Support Advice

6.2. Update on the Different Assistive Devices for Daily-Living Activities

6.2.1. Facilitating Devices for Feeding
6.2.2. Dressing Aids
6.2.3. Facilitating Devices for Hygiene and Personal Care

6.3. Update on Different Pressure-Dissipating Devices for Pressure Ulcer Prevention

6.3.1. Sitting
6.3.2. Supine Position
6.3.3. Pressure Blanket Evaluation System

6.4. Transfers

6.4.1. Transfers and Mobilizations Common Errors Basic Guidelines for the Correct Use of the Different Devices

6.4.2. Device Upgrades

6.5. Novelties in the Different Devices Designed to Facilitate Mobility and Correct Positioning

6.5.1. General Framework
6.5.2. Mobility Devices in Geriatrics Tilting Chair Scooter Electronic Driving Wheelchair Relocation Assistance Rear Walker

6.5.3. Positioning Devices in Geriatrics Backups Headrest

6.6. Personalized Devices for the Control of Wanderers, Plesoassistance

6.6.1. Definition of Plesioassistance or Control of Wanderers
6.6.2. Differences between Plesioassistance and Telecare
6.6.3. Objectives of Plesioassistance or Control of Wanderers
6.6.4. Components of the Plesioassistance Devices
6.6.5. Simple Wanderer Control Devices for Home Environments
6.6.6. Adaptation of the Environment to Facilitate the Wanderer's Orientation
6.6.7. Summary

6.7. Support Products for Recreation, Taking Advantage of Current Technologies
6.8. Upgrading of Accessibility Support Products and Architectural Barrier Removal Products

6.8.1. Framework for the Abolition of Architectural Barriers and Universal Access to Housing
6.8.2. Support Products for the Removal of Architectural Barriers in the Living Environment Ramps Lift Chairs Inclined Elevated Platform Overhead Crane Short Travel Ladder Platform Lifting Platform Stair Climbing Devices Convertible Ladder

Module 7. Physiotherapy in Traumatology, Neurology, Pelvic Floor and Respiratory Disorders in the Elderly

7.1. Physiotherapy in Fractures and Dislocations in the Elderly

7.1.1. Fractures in the Elderly General Concepts of Fractures Main Fractures in the Elderly and their Physiotherapeutic Treatment Most Frequent-Surgical Complications

7.1.2. Dislocation in the Elderly Introduction and Immediate Handling Main Dislocation in the Elderly and their Physiotherapeutic Treatment Most Frequent-Surgical Complications

7.2. Physiotherapy in Hip, Knee and Shoulder Arthroplasty

7.2.1. Arthrosis
7.2.2. Rheumatoid Arthritis
7.2.3. Physiotherapy in Hip Arthroplasty
7.2.4. Physiotherapy in the Preoperative Phase
7.2.5. Physiotherapy in the Preoperative Phase
7.2.6. Physiotherapy in Knee Arthroplasty
7.2.7. Physiotherapy in the Preoperative Phase
7.2.8. Fast-Track in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
7.2.9. Physiotherapy in Shoulder Arthroplasty
7.2.10. Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

7.3. Physiotherapy in Amputees

7.3.1. Multidisciplinary Team in the Amputee Patient
7.3.2. Importance of Prosthetic Knowledge
7.3.3. Evaluation of the Amputee Patient
7.3.4. The Physiotherapist in the Prosthetic Rehabilitation Program Perioperative Phase Pre-Prosthetic Phase

7.3.5. Patient Education
7.3.6. Long-Term Management of the Amputee Patient

7.4. Physiotherapeutic Approach to Acute, Subacute and Chronic Stroke Patients

7.4.1. Definition, Classification, Early Detection and Initial Hospital Management
7.4.2. Guiding Principles in Neurophysiotherapy
7.4.3. Outcome Measurement Scales after Stroke
7.4.4. Assessment and Physiotherapeutic Treatment According to the Evolutionary Stage of the Disease Acute Phase Subacute Phase Chronic Phase

7.4.5. Management of Frequent Complications Spasticity Contractures Shoulder Pain and Subluxation Falls Fatigue Other Fundamental Problems: Cognitive, Visual, Communicative, Swallowing, Continence, etc.

7.4.6. Beyond Rehabilitation Discharge

7.5. New Trends in Physiotherapy for Parkinson's Disease Patients

7.5.1. Definition, Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Diagnosis of PD
7.5.2. Global Management of the Person with PD
7.5.3. History of Physical Therapy and Physical Examination
7.5.4. Goal Setting in People with PD
7.5.5. Physiotherapy Treatment in PD
7.5.6. Falls in PD: Towards a New Approach Model
7.5.7. Self-Management and Information for Caregivers

7.6. Urinary Incontinence and Chronic Urinary Retention

7.6.1. Definition of Urinary Incontinence
7.6.2. Types of Urinary Incontinence Clinical Classification Urodynamic Classification

7.6.3. Therapeutics of Urinary Incontinence and Overactive Bladder
7.6.4. Urine Retention
7.6.5. Physiotherapy in Urinary Incontinence and Chronic Urinary Retention

7.7. Respiratory Physiotherapy in COPD

7.7.1. Definition, Etiology, Pathophysiology and Consequences
7.7.2. Diagnosis and Classification
7.7.3. Physiotherapeutic Management of the COPD Patient Treatment in Stable Phase Treatment in Exacerbations

7.8. Respiratory Physiotherapy in Neurological Conditions

7.8.1. Introduction
7.8.2. Nervous Disorders Associated with Respiratory Problems
7.8.3. Physiotherapy for Respiratory Problems of Nervous Disorders
7.8.4. Respiratory Warning Signs

Module 8. Tools for the Daily Practice of the Physiotherapist in Geriatrics

8.1. Communication, a Tool for the Success of Physical Therapy Treatment

8.1.1. Introduction The Mirror and the Lamp

8.1.2. Communication in the Framework of the Therapeutic Relationship Definitions Basic Aspects Components Context Impossibility of Not Communicating

8.1.3. Codes in Messages Specific Aspects of Communication with Elderly Patients Main Problems in Communicating with the Elderly Communication with the Family The Therapeutic Relationship as a Special Form of Social Interaction Model for Communication Training in Physiotherapy

8.2. Bereavement in the Professional

8.2.1. Why Talk About Grief? 
8.2.2. What is Dueling? 
8.2.3. Is Bereavement a Depression? 
8.2.4. How Does It Show Itself in Mourning? 
8.2.5. How is a Mourning Process Elaborated? 
8.2.6. How Will We React to the Loss of a Patient? 
8.2.7. When Does the Mourning End? 
8.2.8. What Is a Complicated Duel? 
8.2.9. When You're the Mourner: First Tools
8.2.10. When Someone Else is the Mourner: How to Support Them 
8.2.11. When to Ask For Help or Refer to a Psychologist

8.3. Elderly-Centered ICT

8.3.1. ICTs and Health Specific Terminology Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) eHealth mHealth Telemedicine Wearables Gamification eDoctor ePatient Digital Health Digital Divide Infoxication

8.3.2. “e-Physiotherapy" in Geriatrics The Generational Digital Divide Prescription of ICT in Geriatric Physiotherapy

8.3.3. ICT Applications in the Context of Geriatric Physiotherapy

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