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Exercise and Fall Prevention in Seniors - PT12

Exercise and Fall Prevention in Seniors

by Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT and Jill Patnode-Krause, DPT, PT, GCS
(4.4 / 3505 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Each year, one-third of adults over age 65 and half of those over age 85 fall, resulting in approximately 1.6 million ED visits. People who fall experience a greater functional decline in activities of daily living and in physical and social activities than people who do not fall. Exercise has been proven to reduce fall risk, but there are many methods and dosages of exercise, not all of which are equally effective.


The goal of this exercise and fall prevention continuing education program is to familiarize physical therapists with how exercise positively improves a senior’s balance, reaction time, functional ability and risk for falls in both community and institutional settings. After completing this module, you will be able to:
  • Describe how types of exercise, including strength, balance, aerobic and flexibility training work to reduce fall risk
  • Create exercise programs for frail and institutionalized patients
  • Design solutions to keep older adults exercising after physical therapy treatment has concluded

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Department of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/2009 to 10/20/2021.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of TX PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by The PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning was approved as a provider of continuing education by The NC PT Association (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from 3/8/2009 through 3/8/2010.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by"
The OH PT Association (approval no. 09S0901, exp. date 7/20/10; 10S1039 for 7/21/10 to 7/21/11; 11S0908 from 07/22/11 to 07/22/12; 12S1145 for 07/23/12 to 07/23/13; 13S1555 for 07/24/13 to 07/24/14; 14S1240 for 07/25/14 to 07/25/15; 15S1511 for 06/08/15 to 06/08/16; 16S1692 for 06/09/16 to 06/09/17; 17S5436 for 06/10/17 to 06/10/18).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE90714060 for 7/20/09 to 12/31/09; CE100014078 for 1/1/10 to 12/31/10; CP110015685 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CP120017203 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CP130019632 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021315 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023696 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27279for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-238491 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-238491 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TX Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 45876A for 7/20/09 to 7/20/10).
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 3785 for 05/23/11 to 05/22/12, 4366 for 05/23/12 to 05/22/13, 4979 for 05/23/13 to 05/22/14; 5699 for 05/23/14 to 05/22/15; 6157 for 05/23/15 to 05/22/16; 2016-165 for 05/23/16 to 05/22/17; 2017-214 for 5/23/17 to 5/22/18).
The PA Board of Physical Therapy (PTCE003842 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007025 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010087 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 781-2009, exp. date 1/31/10; approval no. 409-2010 for 2/1/10 to 1/31/12; 105-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14105-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 218-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-353 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 05/26/11 to 05/26/15; 05/01/15 to 05/01/19.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 437.2944 for 7/1/09 to 7/1/10; 437.3433 for 7/1/10 to 7/1/11; 437-3848 for 07/01/11 to 07/01/12; 437-4343 for 07/01/12 to 07/01/13; 437-4934 for 07/01/13 to 07/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 1340.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50% of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 7/22/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/22/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2018


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Jean H - Ahoskie, NC  ·  Nov 16, 2018
good review of current thinking about strength training.
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Andriette C - fort worth, TX  ·  Nov 15, 2018
some mixed information on the test compared to course information
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Michele C - Elkton, MD  ·  Nov 14, 2018
very clear and full of good information
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Lisa D - Swedesboro, NJ  ·  Nov 14, 2018
good content regarding exercise for older adults
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Jennifer M - Chambersburg, PA  ·  Nov 14, 2018
This course helped reassure me that I am using the correct exercises in my field of treatment.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50