Episode 13: Geriatrics, Part 3 [Depression and COVID-19]

We conclude our series featuring DPT students from the University of Michigan-Flint as they talk about important issues relating to geriatric physical therapy. Today’s episode features two segments talking about the effects of COVID-19 and depression in the geriatric community and how PT can positively effect patients in a post-COVID world.

A special thanks to all of the UM-Flint students and their instructor, Dr. Emily Carter, for their hard work.


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