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Online: PT09: Geriatrics: Fear of Falling in Older Adults: Evidence-Based Strategies for Examination and Intervention Management
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Presenters: Dennis Klima, PT, MS, GCS, NCS

Price: $28 Member | $45 Nonmember (price subject to change)
CEU: 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Course Level: Intermediate
Publication Date: September 2009


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements


The speaker will provide a thorough review of current evidence-based examination and intervention strategies for older adults with fear of falling disorder. Attention will be given to pertinent demographic and cultural perspectives of the disorder throughout the patient management model continuum. The session will review current instruments used to screen, identify, and measure deficits in balance confidence among older adults, along with applicable psychometric strengths and weaknesses of each tool. Relevant factors associated with fear of falling will be described, including gender differences, assistive device use, and comorbidities such as depression and anxiety. A discussion of current management strategies will target best practice interventions aimed at reducing fear of falling in older adults living in a variety of domiciles. Specific interventions include the use of Tai Chi, fall risk education programs, treadmill training, and multidimensional exercise regimens.

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After completing this module, you should be able to:
  • Analyze the relationship between fear of falling, balance performance, activity restriction, and fall risk.
  • Describe major instruments used in both research and clinical practice designed to measure fear of falling and related balance confidence deficits among older adults.
  • Contrast the psychometric strengths and weaknesses of measures including administration feasibility in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Describe current best practice interventions used to prevent or reduce the fear of falling in older adults.
  • Discuss current evidence-based interventions employed to manage fear of falling, including Tai Chi, speed-dependent treadmill training, fall risk education programs, and multidimensional exercise activities.

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Presenter's Bio

Dennis Klima, PT, MS, GCS, NCS, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD: joined the faculty of University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the fall of 2002. Prior to his UMES appointment, Dennis served as program director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the Baltimore City Community College for thirteen years. A graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia in 1983 and began clinical experience at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore, Maryland. He received a Master’s of Science degree from Coppin State College in Adult and Continuing Education and is pursuing a PhD in Physical Therapy from Temple University. He has continued to practice clinically at both Montebello and Kernan Hospitals in Baltimore for the past several years, including working on the stroke, traumatic brain injury, multi-trauma, and medical-surgical units. Dennis received his geriatric and neurologic clinical specializations from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. His APTA experience also includes serving as an on-site reviewer for both PT and PTA programs with the Department of Accreditation since 1990. He has presented geriatric and neurologic continuing education courses both locally and nationally, and recently authored two textbook chapters related to neurologic trauma in older adults. His doctoral research focuses on physical performance and balance confidence in a large cohort of Roman Catholic priests.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 14S1969
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 2 GEN
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

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System Requirements
Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation, interactive knowledge checks, and a posttest.
Computer System Requirements

Recommended Internet Connection:  The PT 2009 Revisited courses are presented using streaming video technology.  We recommend users have at least a high-speed cable or DSL connection.  Dial up modems and/or Satellite Internet connections are not recommended.

Please click one of the demo links below to see if you are able to view the content prior to purchasing this course.

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