Balance & Falls Special Interest Group

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Purpose:

The primary purpose of the Balance and Falls SIG is to provide a forum for the increase of knowledge and quality of Physical Therapy practice in relation to older persons with balance problems and an increased risk for falling.

These include:

  • Programs at CSM
  • Articles in Gerinotes or other publications
  • Initiating discussions on Listserve.
  • Journal Club
  • Newsletters to Members
There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved! To participate or learn more about current SIG activities and projects, contact the SIG chair.
 

Balance and Falls SIG Events

Monday, June 28th - Annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (NFPAD) Kick Off Call

The APTA Geriatrics Balance and Falls Special Interest Group is proud to announce that our annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (NFPAD) Kick Off Call that occurred on Monday, June 28th, was a success! NFPAD is an annual event that occurs each year on the first week of fall (this year, it is the week of Wednesday September 22nd) and serves as a national effort to bring fall prevention to the forefront of the minds of clinicians, communities, and community partners. At this meeting we presented our NFPAD Toolkit (Version 2.0) to support falls prevention community events, talked about successful events others have had in their states (both pre and post COVID), and answered many of your questions about falls prevention! See below for a recording of the meeting.

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    Balance and Falls SIG News

     
     
    posted: May 24, 2021

    The revised Outcome Measure Toolkit is now available to APTA Geriatrics members. The revision project had multiple purposes: to update the Outcome Measure Toolkit; to reassess recommendations based upon additional literature found; to correct and edit errors that were oversighted from the original Toolkit; to add information about references’ populations to the tables to assist with decision-making about tool use.

    Key updates in the revision document:

    • Tables have been amended, and now include updated content from recent literature up to 2019 and descriptions of subject populations. In addition, there are references listed following each table.
    • Recommendations have been adjusted based on evidence. In addition, a few outcome measures, i.e., TUG, were accidentally left out in the recommendation section of the original Toolkit and are now included in the revision document.
    • Population and setting information have been edited with more details and consistency. Unfortunately, some authors provided only mean age or age range, instead of mean and standard deviations. Additionally, a handful of articles did not publish participants' age information. In these cases, we specifically pointed out "information on age details not available".

    Read the revised toolkit here: https://geriatricspt.org/special-interest-groups/balance-falls/Outcome-Measure-Toolkit/

     
     
    posted: October 23, 2020

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    posted: September 22, 2020

    It's Fall Prevention Awareness Week!

    September 21-25, 2020

    Check out these resources for you and your patients:

    • The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is promoting Fall Prevention Awareness Week with resources on its website. Find videos and practical tips for patients and a toolkit of marketing materials for health professionals at https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-week/.
    • NCOA will also be hosting a Facebook Live event on September 23 featuring Balance and Falls SIG Chair Jennifer Vincenzo, PT, MPH, PhD. Watch it here at 6:30 pm ET: https://www.facebook.com/NCOAging/
    • The 2nd edition of the Falls Prevention Awareness Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Professional & Community Engagement for Geriatric Fall/Balance Assessment, developed by the Balance and Falls SIG, is now available for download. https://geriatricspt.org/special-interest-groups/balance-falls/nfpad/. The resources provided within the toolkit are designed to assist clinicians and students in creating and/or improving their community-based falls prevention events by utilizing current evidence and a wide-variety of quality resources.
    • More than 25% of older adults experience a fall in any given year. In this video, developed by the NSGA/APTA Geriatrics Task Force, Becca Jordre, PT, DPT shares resources and exercises for helping with balance and fall prevention at home. https://youtu.be/V13EjcJaalk

     
    posted: September 14, 2020

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    posted: July 20, 2020

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    posted: April 02, 2020

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    posted: January 22, 2020

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    Balance and Falls SIG Member Resources

    VIDEO: Working on Balance and Fall Prevention At Home, developed by the NSGA/APTA Geriatrics Task Force.


    From the 2020 BFSIG Falls Prevention Awareness Week Brainstorming Webinar and Guest Presentation on Virtual Balance Assessment from Winston-Salem State University, July 28, 2020

    Outcome Measure Toolkit for Geriatric Fall/Balance Assessment

    The Balance and Falls Special Interest Group of the APTA Geriatrics developed this toolkit as an updated summary of current outcome measures related to balance and fall risk assessment. It is available, OPEN ACCESS here https://geriatricspt.org/special-interest-groups/balance-falls/Outcome-Measure-Toolkit

    Falls Prevention Awareness Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Professional & Community Engagement, 2nd Edition

    The Falls Prevention Awareness Toolkit developed by the Balance and Falls Special Interest Group of the APTA Geriatrics is available, OPEN ACCESS here https://geriatricspt.org/special-interest-groups/balance-falls/nfpad/

    The resources provided within the toolkit are designed to assist clinicians and students in creating and/or improving their community-based falls prevention events by utilizing current evidence and a wide-variety of quality resources.

    Research Resources:

    The Monthly Challenge

    Every month, we send out an email to interested members with a quick summary of an aspect of balance and falls management. This email thread allows members to have topic specific communication as well as share experiences/ideas. We will also be posting the materials to our google drive which you can access at any time. Emails are sent out at the beginning of each month. If you wish to join the email chain and get the information before anyone else, email us at agptbalanceandfallssig@gmail.com .

     

    National Fall Prevention Awareness Day Resources

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