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Module: Diabetes and Fall Risk: Special Considerations in Improving Quality of Life for Older Adults

Course Category Listing: Healthcare Professionals, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Philips Lifeline, Philips Lifeline Employees, Philips Lifeline LPM / LCOM, Social Workers

Module Description:
Audience: Select Health Care Professionals
Prerequisites: None

As the world’s population ages, chronic diseases have become the most common cause of death. Most people over 65 have at least one chronic disease and half will have three or more. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent; 75% of people over age 80 have diabetes or pre-diabetes and treatment options may differ from younger patients. The elderly also have the highest risk of falls with one in three persons over 65 falling every year. Older people with diabetes have been found to have a higher risk of falls and when there is a fall; hip fracture is twelve times more likely.

This course will explore the identification and management of diabetes and fall risk and evidence based guidelines for management and prevention, as well as a discussion of special considerations in improving the quality of life and health care for older adults.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the nurse will be able to:

  • Identify the problem: review demographics of diabetes and falls in older adults
  • Discuss the medical and psychosocial complications of diabetes
  • Review evidenced based preventive care for older adults
  • Emphasize the critical importance of ‘geriatric syndrome’ identification and management
  • Present the literature review of increased risk of falls in people with diabetes
  • Discuss diabetes management with special considerations for older adults
  • Discuss fall prevention strategies
  • Identify partnerships for management of fall risk for people with diabetes: focus on patient self-management

This course is accessible on the Philips Lifeline Learning Center website at


The Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050 for 1.75 Contact Hours.

This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider No. 50-11991) for 1.5 Contact Hours. CE Broker Course Tracking No. 20-355724.

This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Provider No. WV2011-0570) for 1.75 Contact Hours. Expires 12/31/18.

Philips Healthcare Learning Center (PHLC) is approved as a provider (Provider Number 6171) for continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This program is approved for 1.5 contact hours. Target Audience: Occupational Therapists. Content Level: Introductory. Content Categories: Domain of OT (Areas of Occupation), Occupational Therapy Process (Evaluation) The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers.This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers Provider 886492219 for Social Work continuing education hours.

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