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Sarcopenia Robs Older Adults of Strength - PT405

Sarcopenia Robs Older Adults of Strength

by Arlene Orhon Jech, BSN, RN and Wiera Malozemoff, RN, MS, CS and Bethany Gentleman, BC-GNP and Annette Kelly, PhD, MSN, ARNP
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This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Between 5% and 13% of people age 60 to 70 and 11% to 50% of those age 80 or older have a condition called sarcopenia, which is the loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength, leading to muscle weakness. Nurses and physical therapists are likely to encounter people with sarcopenia in hospitals after a fall, as well as in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, public health wellness programs and their own homes. Nurses and physical therapists must be able to address this common problem by identifying causes and consequences and by teaching preventive measures throughout the continuum of care to improve quality of life in aging. This course describes the condition and its consequences, causes and contributing factors. It also discusses modalities for prevention and management of sarcopenia.


The goal of this sarcopenia continuing education program is to provide nurses with the latest knowledge about age-related sarcopenia. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
  • Define sarcopenia and describe its consequences.
  • Identify its causes and contributing factors.
  • Discuss modalities used in its prevention and management.

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S1772 for 11/29/11 to 11/29/12, 12S1691 for 11/30/12 to 11/30/13; 13S1885 for 12/01/13 to 12/01/14; 14S1702 for 12/02/14 to 12/02/15; 15S2358 for 12/03/15 to 12/03/16).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE110017870 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120018042 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019762 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021494 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150024008 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27024 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4113 for 11/22/11 to 11/21/12, 4551 for 11/22/12 to 11/21/13; 5264 for 11/22/13 to 11/21/14; 5827 for 11/22/14 to 11/21/15).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002773 for 01/14/12 to 12/31/12; PTCE004234 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006378 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 171-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 221-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/06/11 to 12/06/15; 11/15/15 to 11/15/19.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/09/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4106 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13, 437-4600 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 3/28/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/28/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/28/2017


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Karey K - Olga, WA  ·  Sep 03, 2016
Very interesting, will enhance my work with my elderly patients
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Wendy G - malta, NY  ·  Jul 02, 2016
It was very informative and was presented well.
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Julie R - Ventura, CA  ·  Jul 02, 2016
This course was interesting and added to my knowledge. Specific mention of exercises would have been good ie exercises for strengthening for sitting up, standing and pulling up.
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LOUIS R - modesto, CA  ·  Jun 22, 2016
course is very helpful and educational for my practice as a home health PT. I see a lot of sarcopenic patients
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Bryce M - Knoxville, TN  ·  Jun 18, 2016
geared more towards nursing, but still a great course
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