Sarcopenia Robs Older Adults of Strength - PT405

Sarcopenia Robs Older Adults of Strength

by Kathleen Burkland, PT, DPT, MTC and Robert Trenholm, BSN, RN-BC
(4.5 / 468 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


As people age, there is an increased risk of developing sarcopenia, a condition characterized by losses of skeletal muscle mass, strength, and functional ability. Sarcopenia can lead to an increased risk of falls. Healthcare professionals may encounter patients with sarcopenia in a variety of settings such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics, and even during home health visits. It is important that healthcare professionals can identify and address this common health issue. By understanding the potential causes and resulting effects and providing education regarding prevention measures, providers may improve patient outcomes and quality of life. This educational offering provides information regarding the causes, contributing factors, potential risks, and possible consequences of this condition. This course will also review specific prevention measures and information about the management of sarcopenia.


The goal of this continuing education course is to provide current information to enhance healthcare professionals’ knowledge of and awareness about sarcopenia. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Identify the 3 clinical measurements used to diagnose this condition.
  • Describe the factors which may cause or contribute to this condition.
  • State ways to partner with other healthcare team members to enhance prevention, identification, and management efforts.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physical therapists, and physicians.
Nurses: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 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 for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
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; 16S2265 for 12/04/16 to 12/04/17; 17S6290 for 12/5/17 to 12/5/18).
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; CE17-538162 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-538162 for 1/1/18 to 12/31/18). 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; 2213 for 11/22/15 to 11/21/16; 2016-527 for 11/22/16 to 11/21/17).
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; PTCE010063 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1910-172 for 2/1/20 to 1/31/22).
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: 7/3/2006
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/22/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/22/2022


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

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Mike D - Long Beach, CA  ·  Apr 29, 2020
Great overview of sarcopenia, increased awareness of causative factors.
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Yan C - Galloway, NJ  ·  Apr 26, 2020
This is a good refresher course on this topic with updated data to support our care to the older patient population.
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Ken T - Sunnyvale, CA  ·  Apr 17, 2020
Very applicable to the type of patients Im currently seeing and is a great information for better understanding with the patients im seeing
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Edwin B - Dubuque, IA  ·  Apr 16, 2020
Good and quick overview of sarcopenia and effects on the elderly
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Drake Y - Garden Grove, CA  ·  Apr 07, 2020
I enjoyed the thorough assessment of sarcopenia factors & how to prevent it.
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Price: $19.00
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