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Frailty: Why Should Physiotherapists Care?

Frailty: Why Should Physiotherapists Care?

Frailty: Why Should Physiotherapists Care?

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This course was recorded in February 2022


The population of Canada is aging.

One of the most problematic expressions of population aging is frailty. Frailer people have more chronic conditions and are more likely to have worse health outcomes. Finding ways to prevent and manage frailty will be important for the health and well-being of aging Canadians.

Research has shown that frailty is rarely integrated into clinical care including in physiotherapy practice. This webinar will describe what frailty is, how it can be measured, and how it can be managed.

Frailty is the state of increased vulnerability to adverse health outcomes, such as frequent use of health care services, poor quality of life, disability, and death. Frailty arises from age-related declines across various physiological systems.

Due to these declines, people accumulate medical and social issues, which can interact and exacerbate one another. The result is a progression from healthy aging to frailty.

This live webinar is brought to you by the Seniors Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.


Speaker: Olga Theou

Olga Theou, PhD, is the Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Healthy Aging. She is an Assistant Professor of Physiotherapy and Geriatric Medicine at Dalhousie University. She is also an Affiliated Scientist of Geriatric Medicine with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Medicine with the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Olga obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Sports Sciences at Aristotle University in Greece, Masters of Science in Gerokinesiology from the California State University in Fullerton, and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with specialization in Health and Aging from Western University.

In 2013, she was awarded a Banting Fellowship, which recognizes exceptional individuals deemed likely to contribute positively to Canada’s economic, social, and research-based growth. Her research interests include aging, frailty and physical activity and she has been ranked 7th worldwide in frailty expertise by Expertscape.


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Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Seniors' Health Division

The Seniors’ Health Division (SHD) is a special interest group within the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. SHD is committed to providing members with services related to older adult health and physiotherapy practice.

It is comprised of physiotherapists from across Canada who work with older adults in a variety of practice settings, including acute geriatric care, geriatric rehabilitative and restorative units, long term care settings, community based and home care settings.

SHD is a member of The International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older Persons.

Vision of the Seniors' Health Division: Older Canadians are moving, moving more and moving better with the help of physiotherapists.

Mission of the Seniors' Health Division: To support our members in providing excellent physiotherapy care to optimize the independence and quality of life of older adults.

Course Material included in this course
  • Frailty: Why Should Physiotherapists Care?
  • Welcome!
  • Introduction
  • The Concept of Frailty
  • Importance of Frailty
  • Measurement of Frailty
  • Interventions for Frailty
  • Conclusion
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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