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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 / 1924 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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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Carol B - Greenville, NC  ·  Jun 29, 2018
This course was very educational. It was refreshing to review the different types of dizziness presented with the geriatric population in the skill nursing setting.
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Jennifer H - Boulder Creek, CA  ·  Apr 14, 2018
pertinent information to occuapational therapists, with good ideas for causes
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Jennifer B - Evans, GA  ·  Mar 24, 2018
It was very beneficial for our population of patients
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Shakeda M - Benton, MS  ·  Mar 20, 2018
This was a great course! I am more of a paper person so it is hard for me to focus on the computer to complete this course. This will be a great improvement of helping me assess my patients during assessments and treatments
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Jodie M - Whitesboro, TX  ·  Mar 19, 2018
Good course. Clear and easy to follow.
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