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Evidence-Based Practice for Managing Fall Risk in Older Adults

Published by <p>This document is a quick reference for commonly used outcome measures for older individuals to determine if they have risk of falling. The document outlines what measures are best supported and outlines the sensitivity and specificity of the risk of falls in the next year. Shirley Ryan Ability Labs, 2022Academy of Neurologic Physical TherapyAcademy of […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Fall Risk and Medications

Published by <p>This resource provides therapists with a list of medications associated with increased fall risk to use during chart review and medication management activities. <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Home Assessments: Evidence-Based Strategies to Decrease Falls & Improve Mobility

Published by <p>As the older adult population continues to grow at a rapid rate, occupational and physical therapists face new challenges in helping individuals age in place. Older adults often lack the knowledge, equipment and home set up to allow them to remain at home safely. This presentation will showcase the importance of home assessment and modification, […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Slip-Fall Predictors in Community-Dwelling, Ambulatory Stroke Survivors: A Cross-Sectional Study (2020)

Published by <p>There were 61 individuals selected for inclusion in the study. All subjects had a single stroke over 6 months prior; were able to walk 7 meters; and had no musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, systemic disorders, or other neurologic conditions. Additionally, individuals with a low score on the MoCA, high aphasia score, and low bone density were excluded. […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Tai Chi and Fall Reductions in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial (2005)

Published by <p>Tia Chi is a form of modified martial arts activity that incorporates different poses and upper and lower body positioning tasks. It emphasizes control over one’s body mass, posture, range of motion, and muscles mostly of the lower body. Design: There were two groups that participated in a guided group exercise program of either Tai […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Occupational Therapy and the Use of Technology on Older Adult Fall Prevention: A Scoping Review (2021)

Published by <p>Three thematic categories were identified. A Description of the Type of Participants in the Study: The original articles included 614 older adults, 15 OTs, and 5 informal caregivers. There was a large range for participant ages (50 – 98 years old). All participants were community-dwelling. All studies included more females than males. Type of Intervention […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

A Vicious Cycle of Fear of Falling Avoidance Behavior in Parkinson’s Disease: A Path Analysis (2021)

Published by <p>Postural instability is one of the four cardinal signs of PD and can lead to falls, which in turn can lead to disability and mortality. This study used a secondary analysis of previously published data (55 participants with PD). The data was analyzed with structural equation modeling to test the proposed model of the relationships […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Qualitative Descriptions of Patient Perceptions About Fall Risks, Prevention Strategies and Self-Identity: Analysis of Fall Prevention Motivational Interviewing Conversations (2020)

Published by <p>This study used qualitative content analysis from fall prevention motivational interviewing conversations to understand how older adults respond to fall prevention and identify attributes that affect their responses to fall prevention. Three attributes were found to affect how they responded to fall prevention: the participant’s perception of fall risks, their perception about fall prevention strategies, […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Effect of Bathroom Aids and Age on Balance Control During Bathing Transfers (2017)

Published by <p>Fall risk during bathtub transfers has two major sources: People must negotiate (1) a high obstacle (the bathtub rim) while coping with (2) a potentially slippery surface. To counter the high falls risk during bathing transfers, grab bars and bathmats are commonly recommended. In the absence of grab bars, people may use the wall or […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Vestibular Hypofunction

Published by <p>This handout describes vestibular hypofunction and provides some insight about what to expect and what to do next. <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>