Dizziness in Older Adults: Defined and Differentiated
by Instructor: Margi J. Schultz, PhD, RN, CNE, PLNC; Instructor: Mary Hofmeister, OTD, OTR/L
Credentialed for: Social Work CEUs | ContinuingEducation.com

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Course Overview

Nearly everyone knows what dizziness feels like, whether remembering what it felt like to spin around as a child on the playground or what it felt like as an adult to stand up too fast or battle seasickness. Dizziness may be one of the vague occurrences that patients or clients report as each person may use the term dizzy to refer to different kinds of symptoms. One person may say he feels lightheaded, but another may say he feels like the room is spinning. Some may say they have poor equilibrium or feel like they are going to faint. Dizziness can be simply described as disturbed postural awareness, where there is a perceived sense of motion. The most frequent forms of vestibular dysfunction in the elderly are peripheral vestibular dysfunction, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and Ménière’s disease. Every factor associated with the maintenance of postural stability deteriorates during aging. In order to properly care for patients with dizziness, care providers must be able to differentiate the types of symptoms, especially reported dizziness in older adults, which can lead to falls and possible injury or even death. 

About the Course Author

Mary Hofmeister, OTD, OTR/L, is a rehabilitation manager and serves as adjunct faculty for several private universities.

Mary Hofmeister, OTD, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Details

  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-CE310-60
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-05-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-11-05
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe age-related and pathologic causes of dizziness in older adults.; Differentiate among the types of dizziness.; Outline the essential elements in the assessment of patients with dizziness and in the implementation of interventions, including rationales
  • Outline:

    Dizziness Differentiated

    Vertigo

    Causes of Dizziness

    Otologic dizziness:

    Ménière’s disease

    Aging

    Medication-related causes (polypharmacy)

    The Root of the Problem

    Assessment: Interview 

    Assessment: Physical

    Red Flags

    Back on Solid Ground

     

     

     

     

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