Dizziness in Older Adults - OT310

Dizziness in Older Adults

Defined and Differentiated

by Margi J. Schultz, PhD, RN, CNE, PLNC
(4.4 / 2863 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
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and occupational.
Occupational Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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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

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LUKE M - Hendersonville, NC  ·  May 27, 2019
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Greg W - Kearns, UT  ·  May 19, 2019
The course materials, while very comprehensive and voluminous, was not as organized as a course of this amount of information could have been. I think having it better bulleted and simplified with some of the major touch points, could have been a bit better. Also, I personally tend to respond better with examples and other vignette's than only one that was presented at the very beginning. This may have made the course a bit longer, having other examples of patient's with the other conditions, but would have been quite helpful in triggering examples of when I've worked with patients with similar conditions and symptoms. This information about patient dizziness is ALMOST ALWAYS an issue in the home health setting, and having it set up and organized a bit better would be quite important, in my personal view.
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Mark M - Buda, TX  ·  Apr 17, 2019
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Deanna G - Keller, TX  ·  Mar 31, 2019
5- very easy to read. Useful information to ascertain differentials in dx
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tiffany c - Louisville, KY  ·  Mar 26, 2019
This section was very useful for the field I am in. The test was based on reading from previous page.
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