As the baby boomers continue to grow the ranks of the elderly population in the United States, therapists are facing ever greater number of geriatric patients that are either recovering from injuries related to falls or are at risk of falling. We are placed in a unique role of identifying these patients, assessing their risk factors for falling, and successfully intervening to reduce their risk for future falls.
This course is designed to break down the complicated concepts and help you define balance with a modern day perspective. You will receive insights into how to successfully evaluate balance and fall risk. Finally, you will gain knowledge of the latest ideas about intervention, including the role of technology in the clinic.
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- Common perceptions and misconceptions of balance
- Balance definitions
- Hierarchy and components of balance
- Age related changes to normal balance in elderly adults
- Disease related changes to balance
- Define falls including current statistics
- Identify common causes for falls
- Introduce concepts for intervention
- Outline assessment procedures and interpretation for the geriatric patient with balance dysfunction
- Outline evidence-based intervention for balance dysfunction in specific areas
- Differentiate intervention for low, moderate, and high-risk fallers
- Discuss impact of new technologies on balance reeducation
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on current state of research concerning balance and best practice for clinical intervention.
- Identify the 5 components of the balance hierarchy and how they function
- Recognize the difference between open and closed loop balance control
- Identify the 3 requirements for a successful balance reaction
- Identify age related changes to each of the following 7 areas that can adversely affect balance: Sensory Musculoskeletal Cognitive Cardiovascular Urinary Environmental/Social Psychological
- Identify at least 3 non-age related factors associated with changes in balance in the elderly
- Identify the 2 most important facts to consider regarding falls and the implications on possible treatment
- Identify and detail at least one limitation that can affect balance in each of the following categories: Range of motion/flexibility, muscle strength, sensory, and cognition
- Identify at least 3 balance specific assessment tools and how they are indicated
- Identify at least one intervention for each of the following areas: ROM, Strength, Sensory organization, Verticality, General exercise
- Identify the 3 tenets of balance reeducation
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Contact Hours: 7 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
Financial – Geoff Mosley is employed by Special Academy of Content Experts and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service
Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact Anne Osborn by email Anne@HomeCEU or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.