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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Sara Migliarese, PT, PhD, NCS
Peer Reviewer(s): Amy M. Yorke, PhD, PT
Item#: Q3525
Contents: 1 Course Book (76 pages)
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Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Price $29.95
Item # Q3525
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: January 8, 2019

Expiration Date: January 8, 2022

An older adult falls every second of every day, with more than 29 million falls occurring in 2014, resulting in more than 7 million injuries. This intermediate-level course provides healthcare professionals in the areas of physical and occupational therapy with the knowledge they need to successfully identify those at risk for falls, assess individuals, and develop interventions targeted at reducing fall risk in older adults. Although therapists may be aware of the need to assess and treat older adults for risk for falls, they may not be fully abreast of approaches that are supported by evidence and are proven to truly reduce the incidence of falls.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the definition of falls and their impact.
  • Describe risk factors for falls along with age-related body changes that may contribute to that risk.
  • Identify evidence-based fall risk screening tools that can be performed in the community.
  • Identify evidence-based assessment tools that measure fall risk and assist in therapeutic treatment planning.
  • Design therapy interventions supported by evidence-based practice that decrease fall risk and potentially prevent future falls in older adults.

Sara Migliarese, PT, PhD, NCS, has been a physical therapist for more than 30 years, specializing in adult neurorehabilitation. She received her MSPT degree from Texas Woman’s University in 1985 and worked at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in Houston before moving to North Carolina, where she practiced physical therapy at Forsyth Memorial Hospital and Gentiva Home Health Services. Dr. Migliarese received her certification in neurology from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 1995, recertification in neurology in 2005 and 2014 from the APTA, and Herdman certification in vestibular rehabilitation in 2008. She completed her doctorate in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009 and is currently an associate professor in the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Winston Salem State University (WSSU). Her research interests with older adults include vestibular function, fall prevention, frailty, and neurologic deficits. Dr. Migliarese teaches the adult neuromuscular rehabilitation content of the WSSU DPT program and provides patient care in pro bono community clinics, including MSFit for persons with multiple sclerosis and the Star clinic for adults with neuromuscular conditions.

Sara Migliarese has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

Amy M. Yorke, PhD, PT, is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint. She received her BS in Health Sciences and MPT from University of Michigan-Flint, and her PhD in interdisciplinary health sciences from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dr. Yorke is an ABPTS board- certified neurologic clinical specialist. She has 24 years of clinical experience in acute care, outpatient, skilled nursing, and the home care environment. She was a program manager of a specialty balance program and co-developed a continuing education course on vestibular rehabilitation. Her current teaching areas include the evaluation and treatment of patients with neurologic diseases and disorders. Her research interests include the utilization of physical performance measures in concussion and adults with multimorbidity and neurologic diseases as well as teaching and learning, including interprofessional education.

Amy M. Yorke has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.