Maintaining Balance and Preventing Falls: Ensuring Safety for Baby Boomers
In this live interactive webinar, we will delve into the pressing issue of balance and falls in the aging population, particularly among baby boomers. With the goal of reducing fall risk and promoting safety, we will explore the physiological aspects of balance and identify the components of steadiness that may deteriorate over time. By understanding the preventable risk factors for falls, we can develop effective strategies to mitigate these risks.
One crucial aspect we will address is the efficient identification of individuals most at risk for falls. We will learn specific tests and meas...Read moreures that have been proven to accurately document balance deficits. These tools are not only easy to implement but also cost-effective, making them accessible across various clinical settings. By incorporating these tests into our practice, we can confidently design balance-building care plans that promote function, enhance balance, and ultimately reduce falls in our aging population.
Throughout the webinar, we will share evidence-based strategies to identify individuals at risk for falls and develop programs that yield measurable improvements in balance. By adopting these proven approaches, we can effectively address the needs of our booming aging population and anyone else susceptible to falls. Join us to gain valuable insights and actionable knowledge to enhance the well-being and safety of individuals affected by balance issues. Less...
- Describe the effect of aging on physiological components of balance.
- Select and administer five evidence-based balance tests to determine falls risk in elderly persons.
- Select and incorporate interventions to reduce the risk of falls in elderly populations based on current evidence.
- Document outcomes of reliable and valid balance assessments in compliance with Medicare standards.
- Beginner to Intermediate
Thursday, August 24, 2023
06:00 PM EDT - 08:00 PM EDTRegister for this Webinar
About the speaker
Theresa A. Schmidt, PT,DPT,MS,OCS,LMT,CEAS
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Balance definitions, physiology, and strategies. Influence of aging on balance, fall risk factors in aging, and medications. Medical, cognitive, integumentary, musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, urological, degenerative processes, and osteoporosis.
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Function and balance assessment. Self-efficacy, Falls Efficacy Scale, ABC scale, Falls Risk Self-Assessment, Function in Sitting Test (FIST), vertebral artery test, and orthostatic hypotension test.
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Performance-based balance assessments. Romberg, tandem Romberg, Functional Reach (sitting, standing), Five Times STS, 30-second chair rise test, Single Leg Stance Test, Berg Balance Scale, TUG, 6MWT, Figure 8, Tinetti, Dynamic Gait Index, BESTest, Mini BESTest.
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm: Advanced balance assessments and converting test results into therapeutic interventions. Brief BESTest, Four Square Step Test, Y and STAR excursion test, examination selection based on client condition, converting test results into therapeutic interventions for functional gains. Review of the evidence for balance and fall prevention training programs. Medicare guidelines for documentation. Q&A, conclusion.
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