Understanding, Identifying, and Addressing Fall Risk in Aging Adults

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

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As we age, most adults desire to continue living independently in the community. To do this, it is essential to have the necessary physical, cognitive, and psychological skills that are needed to engage in activities in daily life. The risk of falls increases with age, with up to 25%  of those aged 65 and older experiencing a fall, and rates increasing to 33%  of those aged 85+. The consequences of a fall can be physical and/or psychological, both of which could ultimately impact a person's ability to remain living independently. In addition to the potential for serious injury as a result of a fall, including breaking bone(s) and possible traumatic brain injury, even falls that do not cause substantial physical harm may lead to psychological consequences, such as increased fear of falling. Whether a person limits movement as a result of fear or physical injury, this can lead to increased risk of social isolation, loneliness, and/or depressive symptoms. Fall prevention should be a goal of those who provide care to aging adults in order to help them maintain quality of life. This webinar will disuss the various ways to assess fall risk and how to intervene by implementing various modifications.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Describe the risk factors for falls.
  • Identify which clients are at high risk of falling.
  • Understand care techniques to adopt to prevent falls.
  • Identify and remove obstructions that lead to falls in the home.

Presenter

Julie Blaskewicz BoronJulie Blaskewicz Boron, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She holds the Leo Missinne Professorship of Gerontology and serves as the Doctoral Program Chair. She is also a member of the Center for Research in Human Movement Variability and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Biomechanics. As the director of the CAPACITY Lab, she focuses on understanding how to help adults of all ages achieve and maintain their cognitive and physical capacity so that they can experience a high quality of life and independent lifestyles. This is with the understanding that each person is different in terms of their capabilities and goals.