As many of us know, today is the first day of fall, but did you also know that today is National Falls Prevention Day? Falls are a leading cause of disability and death among the elderly. It is often that the issues leading to a fall are commonly attributed to the effects of aging alone. However, the causes of falls are multifaceted and often include balance and mobility impairments that are a result of disease processes. Many of these impairments are amenable to therapy intervention. When an older adult falls, it can begin a cascade of events affecting the quality of life, including a loss of independence, reduced mobility, and even earlier admission to a nursing home. But the good news is that falls are largely preventable.
Therapists can help to curb these alarming statistics through specific therapies. HomeCEU is excited to be able to offer an applicable continuing education opportunity to meet the needs of the therapist looking to help with the prevention of falls - Treating Balance & Fall Prevention by Geoff Mosley.
Treating Balance & Fall Prevention - Webinar
Treating Balance & Fall Prevention is produced in cooperation with Geoff Mosley, PT, NCS, and will be presented in live, interactive, webinar format on Monday, October 24th, 2011 from 4 pm - 8 pm CST.
In this live, interactive, online seminar, Geoff Mosley will outline many of the risk factors and impairments leading to fall risk, how to evaluate high-risk patients, and ideas for intervention. This live continuing education course will include discussion of the therapy management of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, and specific sensory disorders that lead to imbalance and falls. In addition to addressing risk factors and physical therapy management, we will also go over prevention strategies for both home and institutional settings.
To purchase this 4 contact hour, live, interactive, webinar please visit the state and profession specific course catalog at HomeCEU.
A few National Falls Prevention Facts:
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries for Americans aged 65 years and older.
- More than 18,000 older Americans die every year because of a fall, and the rate has risen dramatically over the last 10 years.
- The U.S. spends an estimated $19 billion annually on medical care related to falls; in 2008, over 2.1 million older adults were treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries.
- Women age 50 and older are more likely than men to fall.
- Men the age of 50 and older are more likely to die from a fall until about age 70.