Falls and the Older Adult


Course Overview

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Course Description
In this module you will learn about age related changes, risk factors for falls, evaluation and interventions.Falls are the leading cause of injury-related visits by older adults to emergency rooms, and are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries that result in hospital admissions for older adults. Falls are also the leading cause of injury deaths in older adults. The rate of fall-related deaths among older adults has risen significantly over the past decade.

This course is provided by The Ohio State University - Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies and will require a secondary login and/or registration. Click the LAUNCH button below to start or be taken to the course.

Target Audience
Social service or community provider, or a clinician providing direct care for older adults

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Define the extent of the problem of older adults falling.
  2. Identify physical, mental, and environmental risk factors for falling.
  3. Identify and describe how age-related skeletal changes can affect an older adult's risk for falling.
  4. Recognize common chronic conditions and syndromes that increase risk factors for falling.
  5. Become familiar with the patient history and physical exam used by clinicians for assessing fall risk in the older patient.

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)
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Professional/Disciplinary Competencies
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Online/ Self-study

Credit /CEU
2.0 CEUs

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Course Publication Date
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