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Dizziness in Older Adults - OT310

Dizziness in Older Adults

Defined and Differentiated

by Margi J. Schultz, PhD, RN, CNE, PLNC
(4.4 / 2810 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
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At one time or other, most people have experienced dizziness, one of the vaguest complaints health professionals face in practice, because what each person calls dizziness differs greatly. Some describe it as poor balance, lightheadedness, wooziness or spinning, while others may say they feel as if they are about to faint. Trying to put into words what they are feeling can be difficult. All of this leads to the word “dizziness” being nearly useless as a one-word description. To properly care for patients with dizziness, care providers need to be able to differentiate the types of symptoms — vertigo, disequilibrium (unsteadiness, imbalance), near syncope (lightheadedness), central dizziness and nonspecific dizziness — especially reported dizziness in older adults.  


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses and occupational therapists with practical guidelines for assessing and managing the care of older adults who report dizziness. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Differentiate among the types of dizziness
  • Describe age-related and pathologic causes of dizziness in older adults
  • Outline the essential elements in the assessment of patients with dizziness and in the implementation of interventions, including rationales
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Domain 1: Body Functions
Process 2: Evaluation
Process 3: Intervention

Accreditation Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 10/24/2008
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/26/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/26/2018

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.

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Barbara G - Ware Neck, VA  ·  Dec 09, 2018
very informational and useful.
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Katherine M - Van Wert, OH  ·  Dec 07, 2018
I would say that it is beneficial in assisting in pin-pointing the cause of the "dizziness" in our patients and steps to take to A patients with dizziness due to specific reasons.
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Rashmi B - frisco, TX  ·  Dec 06, 2018
good overview of the causes of dizziness
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Erica S - Riverside, IL  ·  Dec 04, 2018
Good information to consider especially when working with the elderly populaion
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Krysta K - Logan, WV  ·  Nov 07, 2018
Applicable to my field of work.
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