presented by Jane A. Painter-Patton
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
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 fall prevention, fear of falling, and home safety. She is a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi and Interactive Metronome instructor, and is a Master Trainer for both A Matter of Balance and AOTA’s Fieldwork Educator Certificate program. Dr. Painter-Patton works with a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a geriatrician, physical therapist, and geriatric pharmacist in the Fall Risk Assessment Clinic for Older Adults at the Brody School of Medicine's Family Medicine, Geriatric Clinic. She has recently become a master trainer for the Matter of Balance fear of falling community-based program.
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.
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.
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.