The Ten Commandments for Fear of Falling: Evidence-Based Management Strategies
Section: Home Health Section
Co-Section: Academy of Geriatric PT
Session Code: HH-1A-4174
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 143ABC

Speaker(s):   Dennis Klima, PT, PhD, MS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric and Neurologic Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

This session will present the 10 commandments for managing fear of falling in older adults in a variety of practice settings along the ICF and Patient Management trajectories. The speakers will review outcomes measures related to balance confidence and fear of falling, along with psychometric properties that support or refute their use. They also will discuss factors associated with fear of falling, including physical function, fall history, assistive device use, and depression. Attendees will learn about the evidence for comprehensive interventions such as exercise, floor recovery, hip protection, cognitive-behavioral approaches, and functional mobility training. Recent developments in emergency alert systems for older adults will be discussed. The presenters will highlight community-based programs that target fear of falling reduction and fall prevention in older adults and their resource availability to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants nationally.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe outcome measures that measure balance confidence and fear of falling constructs.

2. Describe key fear of falling correlates, including gender, physical function, assistive device use, depression, and activity curtailment.

3. Synthesize interventions aimed at reducing fear of falling in older adults, including: exercise interventions, floor recovery, cognitive-behavioral approaches, functional mobility training, and home adaptations.

4. Discuss community-based fall prevention programs as a potential discharge resource.

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