Dual Task Performance – Assessment and Training for the Older Adult


Course Description

Falls are the leading cause of accidental death among older adults. Most falls involve multiple factors, but research shows that balance impairment is a major contributing factor to falls in the elderly population.  Recent research indicates that cognitive systems, in addition to motor & sensory systems, may play a significant part in balance. The dual-task method (performance of multiple tasks simultaneously) has been used to assess the effect of cognitive tasks on balance & mobility. Most balance, gait, and mobility training occurs under single-task conditions. However, activities of daily living typically require the older adult to perform multiple concurrent tasks while maintaining posture/balance.  Research indicates that older adults who perform poorly under dual-task conditions are at an increased risk for falls.  

Since most activities of daily living require older adults to perform dual-tasks, it is imperative that we as therapists train our patients under the appropriate conditions. This course introduces the concept of dual-task training; provides information & ideas for assessing & interpreting a patient’s dual-task ability, and discusses functional dual-task treatment ideas.

This Seminar-On-Demand is 2 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Contact Hours: 2
Video Course Format: Video
Target Audience: OT/COTA, PT/PTA
Instructional Level: Intermediate