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Stepping Up to Stop Falls and Fear of Falling

presented by Jane A. Painter-Patton

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Financial: Jane A. Painter-Patton receives an honorarium from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course. 

Non-Financial: Jane A. Painter-Patton has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Part one of this six part falls prevention series is designed for occupational therapy practitioners to gain a better understanding of the prevalence, ramifications, impact on occupation performance, and evidence-based programs related to falls and fear of falling among community-dwelling older adults. In the Stopping Falls series, practitioners will learn how to incorporate current evidence-based recommendations related to screenings, evaluations, and interventions that can be utilized with community-dwelling older adults to reduce fall risk and fear of falling.

Please find part 1 and 3 of Dr. Jane Painter-Patton's Falls Prevention series here:

Stopping Falls: Evaluation of Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Stopping Falls: Occupational Therapy's Role in Fall Prevention

Meet Your Instructor

Jane A. Painter-Patton, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Jane Painter-Patton has 37 years of experience working with older adults and is a professor at East Carolina University’s Occupational Therapy Department. She serves on the NC Falls Prevention Coalition and is a Board member of the NC Injury and Violence Prevention Council. Her interests, presentations, and publications focus on geriatric community-based therapy, including…

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1. Prevalence and Ramifications of Falls and Fear of Falling

In the first chapter of this course Dr. Painter-Patton discusses the prevalence and definitions of falls and fear of falling. She explores the ramifications of falling among community-dwelling older adults, and the effects that fear of falling can have on those individuals.

2. Fall Risk Factors

Dr. Painter-Patton compares and contrasts multifaceted fall risk factors in relation to falls among community-dwelling older adults. She also discusses the importance of health care professionals working with one another to identify the risk factors associated with falls and fear of falling.

3. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Addressing Fall Prevention

In the final chapter of this course, participants will learn about the Falls Prevention team and review each member's role in addressing falls prevention and/or fear of falling. Dr. Painter-Patton also discusses the importance of community institutions, such as colleges, universities, and state aging agencies in educating about and promoting falls prevention practices.

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