Dual Task Performance – Assessment and Training for the Older Adult

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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