Archive: PT 2012: Preventing Falls Programming

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    Thursday, June 7

    Epidemiology, Current Research, and Best Practices in Fall Prevention for Older Adults

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Mindy O. Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, CPH, MS; Tiffany E. Shubert, PT, Margaret Kaniewski, MPH

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    This is the first of a 6-session series on evidence-based fall prevention, risk assessment, and management for older adults. Unintentional falls in older adults present an increasing public health problem as the incidence of falls continues to increase and the older segment of our population grows in size. Physical therapists caring for older adults may not be aware of current evidence-based best practices to both identify fall risk and/or to facilitate effective fall prevention for their clients. The speakers will review the demographics and current literature on falls in older adults, discuss effective multifactorial management, and offer strategies to translate current research into best practice.

    Assessing Fall Risk in Older Adults: What Are Current Best Practices in Fall Risk Assessment, and What Should Be Included In Entry-Level DPT Education Programs?

    Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: (Bonita) Lynn Beattie, PT, MPT, MHA; Mindy O. Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, CPH, MS; Terry Shea, PT, GCS, NCS; Tiffany E. Shubert, PT

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    This is the second of a 6-session series on fall prevention, risk assessment, and management in older adults. Unintentional falls in older adults present an increasing public health problem as the incidence of falls continues to increase and the older segment of our population grows in size. Physical therapists are perfectly suited as a profession to take the lead on effective fall risk assessment and management for older adults. The speakers will introduce current best practices in falls management, describe the multifactorial Fall Risk Assessment and Screening Tool (FRAST), and recommend what entry-level DPT falls-management curricula should include.

    Friday, June 8

    Comparing Evidence-based Fall Prevention Programs for Active, Community-Dwelling, Older Adults, Including T'ai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Leslie Allison, PT, PhD; Suman Barkhas; Mindy O. Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, CPH, MS

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    This is the third of a 6-session series on fall prevention, risk assessment, and management in older adults. Unintentional falls in older adults present an increasing public health problem as the incidence of falls continues to increase and the older segment of our population grows in size. The speakers in this session will introduce evidence-based fall prevention programs delivered in the community setting for active older adults, including "T'ai Chi: Moving for Better Balance." This program is an 8-form version of T'ai Chi that Oregon Research Institute studies have found can substantially decrease the risk of falls in older adults.

    Comparing Evidence-based Fall Prevention Programs for Active, Community-Dwelling, Older Adults, Including "Stepping On" and "Matter of Balance"

    Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Patti League, RN; Jane Mahoney, MD; Mindy O. Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, CPH, MS; Terry Shea, PT, GCS, NCS

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    This is the fourth of a 6-session series on fall prevention, risk assessment, and management in older adults. Unintentional falls in older adults present an increasing public health problem as the incidence of falls continues to increase and the older segment of our population grows in size. The speakers will introduce evidence-based fall prevention programs delivered in a community setting for older adults who are community ambulators but who may not be active. Discussion will include an in-depth introduction to fall prevention programs, including "Stepping On", which targets risk-reducing health behaviors, and "Matter of Balance", which addresses fear of falling.

    Saturday, June 9

    Evidence-based Fall Prevention Programming for Frail Older Adults Delivered by Physical Therapists in the Home: The Otago Exercise Program

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Mindy O. Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, CPH, MS; Terry Shea, PT, GCS, NCS; Tiffany E. Shubert, PT

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    This is the fifth of a 6-session series on fall prevention, risk assessment, and management in older adults. Unintentional falls in older adults present an increasing public health problem as the incidence of falls continues to increase and the older segment of our population grows in size. The speakers will instruct clinicians on how to correctly and effectively implement the Otago Exercise Program in one-on-one home-based physical therapy aimed at fall prevention in frail older adults. Developed in New Zealand, the program has been proven to reduce falls in older adults, decrease falls and -related injuries in high-risk individuals, and increased the percentage of older adults who are able to live independently.

    Community Stakeholders, Resources, and Public Health: Disseminating Effective Fall Prevention Programs in Your Area, Including the NCOA's National Falls Free Initiative

    Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: (Bonita) Lynn Beattie, PT, MPT, MHA; Mindy O. Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, CPH, MS; Terry Shea, PT, GCS, NCS; Tiffany E. Shubert, PT

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    This is the last of a 6-session series on fall prevention, risk assessment, and management in older adults. Unintentional falls in older adults present an increasing public health problem as the incidence of falls continues to increase and the older segment of our population grows in size. This session will focus on effective and sustainable dissemination of evidence-based fall prevention programs. Who are your community stakeholders in fall prevention, and how do you facilitate effective fall prevention in your area? Key presenters from the full series will be available for wrap-up and discussion.

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