Balance Interventions for Older Adults

Published by APTA of Maryland


Balance impairments are common in older adults. Since balance impairments are multifactorial, intervention plans need to be individualized for the specific needs of the patient to have a successful outcome. Exercise and other interventions can reduce fall risk and risk of injury in older adults. This session will focus on interventions for different impairments to improve balance and reduce fall risk. The target audience is physical therapist assistants and physical therapists who want to learn about balance interventions that can be modified for most settings. Case studies will demonstrate how to design and implement successful balance intervention plans.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the attendee should be able to:
1. Identify interventions that are specifically designed to address one or more balance impairments
2. Select appropriate balance interventions based on the results of the PT examination
3. Incorporate evidence-based balance interventions in the development of an individualized plan of care.

Linda B. Horn, PT, DSc, MHS
Linda B. Horn, PT, DSc, MHS is an Assistant Professor and Director of Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Horn has over 30 years of clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings including acute care, outpatient and home care. She is an ABPTS Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics since 2015 and Neurology since 1993. She is a national lecturer on fall prevention as well as balance and...More

Originally Published

November 3, 2018

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Balance Interventions for Older Adults - Video

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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