Course Title: Dizziness, Vertigo and Falls in the Older Adult: A Healthcare Crisis
Release Date: January 2019
Expiration Date: December 2019
Estimated time to complete course: Approximately 60 – 75 minutes
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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of healthcare providers involved in the care of older patients who are at risk for dizziness, vertigo, and falls.
Dizziness, vertigo and falls are among the most common medical symptoms and of considerable concern to the older population. An overview of the trends in population growth will be presented including the economic impact on the medical and health care system. A review of morbidity and mortality data and the co-morbidities contributing to these symptoms will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on common and easily treated conditions such as Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV), the #1 cause of vertigo in the 65+ age group.
Additionally, recommendations for patient evaluation, triage and therapeutic management of other forms of dizziness using vestibular and balance therapy, and wellness programs will be presented. A patient guide to safety and fall prevention will be provided for printing and dissemination to patients.
At the conclusion of the class, students will be able to:
• Discuss the growth trend in the aging population from 1950 to 2050
• Identify 3 common causes of dizziness and vertigo
• Name 3 medical conditions that contribute to an elevated Risk of Falling (ROF)
• List 2 in-office screening procedures to identify fall risk
Richard E. Gans, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO
The American Institute of Balance
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint provider-ship of Medical Education Resources (MER) and The American Institute of Balance. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:
Name of Faculty Reported Financial Relationship: Richard E. Gans, PhD
Reported Financial Relationship: No financial relationships to disclose
The content managers reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:
Name of Content Manager Reported Financial Relationship: Rochelle Yellowdy
Reported Financial Relationship: No financial relationships to disclose
Planners at Medical Education Resources No financial relationships to disclose
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There is a $29.00 USD fee for participating in and receiving credit for this activity. During the period [release month] [year] through [expiration date], [year], participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, 2) study the educational activity, 3) complete the online post-test, and 4) complete the online activity evaluation form.
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