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Text: Falls in Community Dwelling Older Adults - Part II: Examination and Evaluation
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Author(s): Cathy Ciolek, PT, GCS; Mary Fran Delaune, PT, MPT


$29 Member | $49 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
Publication Date: November 2007
Related Files: Read the PDF for free now! You must enroll in the course to complete the online test.


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

Prevent falls and maintaining older adults as valuable members of their communities is rapidly becoming a national priority, a health care concern that also encompasses the social and economic impact on the individual, family/caregivers, and the health care industry. This course covers the problem of falls in community-dwelling older adults and identifies some of the “normal” aging factors that may be modifiable with physical therapy intervention and increased physical activity. You will be able to describe how medication use may predispose older adults to orthostatic hypotension, a contributing factor to falls, identify tests that that can measure sensory interaction.

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After reading this continuing education (CE) article, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Discuss the problem of falls in community-dwelling older adults.
  • Identify some of the “normal” aging factors that may be modifiable with physical therapy intervention and increased physical activity.
  • Describe how medication use may predispose older adults to orthostatic hypotension (OH), and how OH may be a contributing factor to falls.
  • Discuss how impaired range of motion may contribute to balance instability.
  • Identify tests that can measure a patient’s sensory interaction.
  • Discuss the value of multidimensional risk assessment and multi-component risk reduction in preventing falls.
  • Explain the use, value, and applicability of both strengthening and endurance activities for older patients.

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Presenter(s) Bios

Kathy Brewer, PT, MEd, GCS,
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, AZ;

Cathy Ciolek, PT, GCS, Associate Director, Neurologic and Older Adult Clinic, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Delaware.

Mary Fran Delaune, PT, MPT, Associate Director of Practice, American Physical Therapy Association.

Roberta A. Newton, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Ann K Williams, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy, University of Montana.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEU (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certification 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: 15S1058
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 1 DA, 1 GEN
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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System Requirements

Text-Based Course: This course consists of a monograph, available in the online course as a downloadable PDF file, and a posttest.
Computer System Requirements


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