ATrain Education

 

Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Balance, Postural Control, and Falls in Older Adults

Author:
Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Lauren Robertson earned a BA in Biology from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California at San Francisco.

Lauren is the founder and co-owner of ATrain Education (atrainceu.com) and she has written or co-written more than two hundred courses on a wide range of topics for her continuing education website. She is certified as a trainer on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.



  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 1
  • Expiration date: June 1, 2020
  • Course price: $39

Course Summary

Discussion of the scope, morbidity, and mortality related to falls and fall risk in older adults. Strategies for assessing and preventing falls in older adults, with discussion of age-related risk factors including polypharmacy. Description of common screening and assessment tools used to identify fall risk in older adults and suggested interventions are designed to improve balance and reduce the risk of falls.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Activity Demands, Performance Skills; Category 2—Occupational Process, Evaluation and Intervention

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Provide definitions for balance, postural control, and falls.
  • Describe the incidence and cost of falls in the United States and their medical consequences.
  • Relate how nurses, rehabilitation therapists, physicians, and older adults themselves differ in their approach to fall risk and fall prevention.
  • Summarize the factors that increase fall risk in older adults.
  • Describe tools used for screening and assessing fall risk in older adults.
  • Describe the components of a comprehensive balance assessment.
  • Outline interdisciplinary interventions used to improve balance and reduce the risk of falls in older adults.

    Instructions
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