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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 / 3935 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
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by"
The OH PT Association (approval no. 19S1222 for 06/12/19 to 06/12/20).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-238491 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-190 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 05/31/19 to 05/31/23.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 8/1/19 to 7/31/20.
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: 2/29/2020


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

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


For Florida professionals:

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Danielle B - Chesterland, OH  ·  Jan 15, 2020
reinforced need for exercise in older adults
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HELLER H - Pennsburg, PA  ·  Jan 13, 2020
Very informative course
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Nick A - Waco, TX  ·  Jan 11, 2020
Very informative on benefit of exercise in general but also balance training in particular for elderly adults but could benefit from more detailed information regarding Advanced safe activities that can be performed in the home
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Scott T - Huntington Beach, CA  ·  Jan 08, 2020
a helpful primer on ways to reduce elderly falls.
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DAYLEN H - Miami, FL  ·  Jan 03, 2020
I learned more about fall prevention strategies while reading this seminar in skilled nursing facilities
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50