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Stopping Falls: Evidence-Based Fall Prevention

presented by Jane A. Painter-Patton

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

Non-Financial: Jane Painter-Patton has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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 IV of this six part falls prevention series provides evidence-based fall prevention interventions for occupational therapy practitioners and multidisciplinary team members working with community-dwelling older adults. Dr. Jane Painter-Patton details strategies to encourage compliance with fear of falling and fall prevention interventions, and discusses the implementation of these programs. Dr. Painter-Patton compliments her lecture with live Otago and Tai chi demonstrations. This six part falls prevention series is designed for occupational therapy practitioners and multidisciplinary team members to gain a better understanding of the prevalence, ramifications, impact on occupation performance, and evidence-based programs related to falls and fear of falling.

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. Compliance with Recommended Interventions

In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Jane Painter-Patton describes obstacles that prevent community-dwelling older adults from complying with recommended fall prevention interventions. She provides resources for evidence-based fear of falling and fall prevention programs, and identifies strategies to assist community-dwelling older adults in complying with these interventions.

2. Evidence-Based Exercise and Education Programs

Chapter 2 describes the national evidence-based fear of falling community education program, A Matter of Balance, and the evidence-based fall prevention exercise programs of Otago. Participants will be able to identify the purpose and application of A Matter of Balance in lessening the fear of falling among community-dwelling older adults.

3. Tai Chi Exercise Program

In the final chapter of this course, Dr. Jane Painter-Patton describes the evidence-based fall prevention exercise program of Tai Chi. She compares and contrasts Otago and Tai chi among community-dwelling older adults in various community settings and home. She provides an engaging live demonstration of Tai chi with a few older adults.

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