The Interprofessional’s Use of Dual Task Training to Address Cognition and Balance

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Course Description:

As age advances, there is a decline in the ability to complete functional dual tasks, which can lead to the loss in the number of moves in a specific period of time, as well as an increase in the quantity of execution errors, or the inability to complete the task. Difficulty with performing dual tasks, due to gradual loss of motor skills caused by aging, makes older adults dependent on the daily tasks execution, since most activities of daily living (ADL) involve dual tasks, such as walking holding an object or talking.  The lack of ability to carry out dual tasks is one reason why older adults fall. Dual-task training aims to improve the ability to do two or more things simultaneously and thus reduce the risk of falling.  Evidence also supports the greater improvement of both cognitive and physical functions when these skills are targeted simultaneously.

 This session will review key research findings to support dual-task training.  It begins with a review of the role of brain plasticity in motor learning and then looks at the scientific effects of physical activity on brain function, to help us understand how working with a physical and cognitive task simultaneously can result in greater outcomes.   Significant studies will be shared of dual task training with older adults, to include the range of effects from that of healthy older people to that of several progressive neurological disease processes. Case studies and example documentation concludes the course as applications and tools for the therapists.  Given the supporting external scientific evidence, expert’s clinical expertise and patient perspectives, this course demonstrates why dual task treatments are a viable interdisciplinary approach to patient-centered care for improved outcomes.

Contact Hours: 3
Video Course Format: Video
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Instructional Level: Intermediate