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Stopping Falls: Evidence-Based Fall Prevention

presented by Jane A. Painter-Patton

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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 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.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Compliance with Recommended Interventions

    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

    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

    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.