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Course description: 

It is well known that falls and fall-related injuries are a major problem in older adults. For many years a primary focus has been on the prevention and treatment of hip fractures related to falls. In recent years, however, the increasing incidence of traumatic head injuries (TBI) and the subsequent morbidity and mortality secondary to these falls have been noted. With the aging of the population, traumatic head injuries related to falls have been named the silent epidemic¬Ě by the Center for Disease Control.

This presentation will focus on how health care professionals can contribute to addressing this problem through increasing public awareness of the issue, improving their ability to identify and manage individuals with signs and symptoms of TBI, and through use of evidence-based strategies to reduce fall risks in older adults


Philips Healthcare Learning Center (PHLC) is approved as a provider (provider number 6171) for continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Target Audience: Occupational Therapists. Content Level: Intermediate. Domain of OT: Performance Skills. Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Philips Healthcare Learning Center (ACE Approval Number 1176) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PHLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 09/19/2012 09/19/2015. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 Clinical continuing education clock hour.

Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050, for 2.0 contact hours.

This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider No. 50-1191) for 1.5 Contact Hours. CE BrokerCourse Tracking No. 20-264452.

Author: Pat Flemming, PT, DSc, GCS
Pat is a Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy.

This program has been approved by the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association, approval number 3714 for Class I Continuing Competency Requirements.

This program has been approved by the New Mexico Physical Therapy Association, approval number NM01275 for 1.75 contact hours.

This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Provider No. WV2011-0570RN) for 2.0 Contact Hours.

This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing educationcredit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs), approval number 790003348 for 1.75 clock hours.

Course is free



Course objectives: 

Upon completion the nurse will be able to:

  • Discuss the prevalence and incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) secondary to falls in older adults
  • Describe the impact of falls-related TBI on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality
  • Describe age-related changes that increase risk for falls/TBI in older adults
  • Describe the types of traumatic brain injuries that may occur secondary to a fall
  • Identify common falls related risk factors
  • Describe methods of identifying signs/symptoms related to TBI
  • Discuss evidence-based interventions in managing older adults following TBI
Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning


  • English

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