The Seated Posture: How can it impact the quality of life of the elderly population?



Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Ana Endsjo, MOTR/L, CLT

Sponsored by Permobil

Beginner Level, Seating and Positioning, ATP/SMS Prep Content



In this course, we will look at typical abnormal sitting postures that place the elderly client at high risk for multiple medical complications. These medical complications not only increase the risk of compromising major bodily systems such as the respiratory and digestive systems, increase the risk of the development of pressure injuries and impede the healing of existing wounds but contribute to an overall decreased quality of life. You will learn to quickly identify these postures and link some key recommendations from the NPIAP’s 2019 Clinical Practice Guideline to decrease the risk of the dreaded wound among this population.

Ana has worked as an occupational therapist since 2001, in a variety of treatment settings including: acute care, sub-acute care, outpatient, acute rehab, long term care, and as a lymphedema certified therapist. She has worked mostly with the geriatric population, dedicated to the betterment of the treatment of the elderly in long term care centers. Ana has taught courses related to seating and positioning for the geriatric population for over 6 years and has presented at ISS, for the NPIAP, NRRTS, WOW conference and various other conferences to promote better awareness of the critical role the seated posture has in promoting optimal quality of life for the elderly.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to identify 2 abnormal postures that compromise healing of an existing pressure injury.

Participants will be able to name 2 medical complications that may result from poor seated posture that could decrease the quality of life of the elderly client.

Participants will be able to name two reasons poor seated posture may impair wound healing.