Provide opportunities for the growth of knowledge and quality of practice for physical therapists in relation to older persons with balance deficits and an increased risk for falling.
Dear Balance and Fall SIG Members;
I hope that those who were at CSM last week had a safe journey home. For those who were unable to join us, I hope that the minutes below will provide you with insights about our great projects as well as plans.
This was my last Balance and Falls SIG meeting and I wanted to thank each and everyone of you for all that you have done and do. When I started as Balance and Falls SIG chair I had many visions and as most things go, each component of the vision took much longer than expected. However, I have provided the incoming chair with a large amount of information about where the SIG has started, how it has grown, and what possible opportunities there are. Jennifer Vincenzo is a great leader who is very knowledgeable in public health as well as fall prevention and will be an amazing Chair of this SIG.
Here are the minutes from our SIG meeting at CSM.
Thank you all.
Out-going Balance and Falls SIG Chair
Dear Balance and Falls SIG Members;
I hope you had a great New Year's and you are as excited about 2019 as I am. The Balance and Falls SIG is going through some major changes in leadership and I am excited to announce the new Officers and Liaisons that will represent the SIG starting after CSM 2019.
Your Officers and Liaisons for the year 2019 are:
Chair: Jennifer Vincenzo
Vice-Chair: Shweta Prashanth
Secretary: Heidi Moyer
Nominating committee: Annie Reilley
Clinical Liaison: Haim Nesser
Research Liaison: Elizabeth Wang-Hsu
Public Liaison: Angela Onyekanne
PTA Liaison: Brenda Holman
They all have great visions and I can’t wait to see what they do with the SIG.
This will include completing the following Projects:
NFPAD Toolkit: We have started a project of putting together a toolkit for National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. This will include start-up, marketing, and educational material. Once completed it will be available for all members.
Outcome Measure Resource Toolkit: Is in its last stage and will hopefully be wrapped up by CSM.
Monthly Challenge: Haim Nesser has taken over the monthly challenge and has some great visions for 2019’s monthly challenge. It is never to late to join this great group of clinicians who share some of the newest evidence and information. For more information please e-mail Haim at [email protected]
Inter-SIG Journal Club: The Journal Club is still growing and currently we are exploring the possibility of moving it to a Academy (instead of Balance and Falls SIG) sponsored event. Please stay tuned for more information.
CEUs: Currently we are putting together a CEU course that would be provided in the form of a Webinar. Please stay tuned for more information.
Technology Resource: We are currently updating our technology resource list. If you have any interest in Balance and Falls Technology and would like to be involved with this project please e-mail our incoming Chair Jennifer Vincenzo at [email protected]
Inter-academy collaboration: Currently working together with the Oncology Balance and Falls SIG and the Neuro Balance and Falls SIG to put together joined programming for next years CSM.
Date: Monday, January 14th from 8:00- 9:00 PM Eastern Time
Article Discussed: Program-Level Factors Influencing Positive Graduate Outcomes of Physical Therapy Residency Programs
Authors: Gregory W. Hartley, Kathryn E. Roach, Kendra L. Harrington, Stephanie McNally
Meeting at CSM:
Date: Saturday, January 23rd from 10:00- 11AM Eastern Time
Location: Marriott Marquis- Gallery Place
Reference: Arkkukangas M, Söderlund A, Eriksson S, Johansson AC. Fall preventive exercise with or without behavior change support for community-dwelling older adults: A randomized controlled trial with short-term follow-up. Journal of geriatric physical therapy. 2019 Jan 1;42(1):9-17.
Results: No benefits of an exercise program with or without Motivational Interviewing (MI) regarding physical performance, fall self-efficacy, activity level, handgrip strength, adherence to the exercise, and fall frequency in comparison to a control group. However, some small effects occurred within the Otago Exercise Program and MI group, indicating that there may be some possible value in behavioral change support combined with exercise in older adults that requires further evaluation in both short- and long-term studies.
Reference: Pang I, Okubo Y, Sturnieks D, Lord SR, Brodie MA. Detection of near falls using wearable devices: a systematic review. Journal of geriatric physical therapy. 2019 Jan 1;42(1):48-56.
Results: The use of a single lightweight sensor to distinguish between different types of near falls, actual falls, and activities of daily living is a promising low-cost technology and clinical tool for long-term continuous monitoring of older people and clinical populations at risk of falls. However, currently the evidence is limited because studies have largely involved simulated laboratory events in young adults.
I hope you can join us at CSM and if you would like to become involved with the SIG or have any questions/comments please reach out to the Balance and Falls SIG chair Jennifer Vincenzo.
Jennifer Vincenzo will be sending out an introductory e-mail shortly after this newsletter. She is a great leader as well as role model and I am excited to see what she does with the SIG over the next three years.
It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as your Chair.
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to our profession.
Have a great year!
Balance and Falls SIG Chair
Occurs on a bi-monthly basis- the last Tuesday of the Month at 8pm eastern time.
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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 [email protected] .