Current Concepts in Fall Prevention and Balance Reeducation for the Geriatric Population

About the Course:
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.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the 5 components of the balance hierarchy and how they function
2. Recognize the difference between open and closed loop balance control
3. Identify the\3 requirements for a successful balance reaction
4. Identify age related changes to each of the following 7 areas that can adversely affect balance: Sensory Musculoskeletal Cognitive Cardiovascular Urinary Environmental/Social Psychological
5. Identify at least 3 non-age related factors associated with changes in balance in the elderly
6. Identify the 2 most important facts to consider regarding falls and the implications on possible treatment
7. 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
8. Identify at least 3 balance specific assessment tools and how they are indicated
9. Identify at least one intervention for each of the following areas: ROM, Strength, Sensory organization, Verticality, General exercise
10. Identify the 3 tenets of balance reeducation

About the Author:
Geoff Mosley has been a physical therapist practicing primarily in neurological rehabilitation since 1997, when he graduated from the University of Missouri—Columbia. He attained his specialty certification in neurologic physical therapy (NCS) in 2001 and was recertified in 2011. In the past he has also received certification in vestibular rehabilitation from Emory University in 2003, and as an Assistive Technology Provider (ATP) in 2007.He is currently an item writer for the Special Academy of Content Experts (SACE) of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities (ABPTS) and has been an adjunct instructor at the Missouri State University Physical Therapy program. He has provided neurological rehabilitation continuing education for therapists over the years in several forms, including online written courses, webinars, and presentations at national conferences. He has participated in several research projects, including work with neural tension and spasticity, body weight supported treadmill training in patients with stroke, use of video gaming systems in balance retraining, and administration of the Functional Gait Assessment.