Balance & Falls Special Interest Group

B&F SIG Leadership

 

Purpose:

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.

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 News

 
posted: December 05, 2017

As the clinical liaison for the AGPT Balance and Falls SIG, it is my plan that we continue with the monthly challenge into 2018. We will be exploring a few familiar topics, as well as a few new ones to keep us all up to date on our falls management skills.

I once again, personally invite you to partake in a 12-month clinical skills development challenge, dubbed "The Monthly Challenge", through the year of 2018. Each month, we will be sending out information related to a different aspect of managing balance and falls risk in our older adult population.

Topics for the year are as follows:

  • January: Getting Started: How to Discuss Falls and Goal Setting
  • February: Environmental Modifications
  • March: Outcome Measures and Interventions
  • April: Educating Our Medical Contemporaries and Colleagues in Traditionally Non-Geriatric Settings
  • May: Medications and Falls: BEERS Criteria and Beyond
  • June: Advocacy, Outreach, and Community Education
  • July: Cognition and Fall Risk
  • August: Can there ever be a "No Fall Risk"?
  • September: Short and Long-Term Consequences of Falls and Fall-Related Injuries
  • October: Addressing Fear-Induced Activity Limitations
  • November: Patient Resources and Gift Ideas for the Older Adult in your Life!
  • December: Options for Continuing Education, Professional Resources Beyond the APTA, and Staying Connected in 2019 and Beyond

All members of the AGPT are invited to partake, but if you are interested in being included on a separate email list where you can communicate with other professionals, please email me at moyerheidis@gmail.com to get connected with our support group to help ensure your success in this endeavor. This year we will be engaging members through Twitter (totally voluntary, not mandatory to participate) in addition to our monthly emails. You can follow the Balance and Falls SIG on twitter @AGPT_BF_SIG. Clinicians of all skill levels, from students to expert clinicians, and from all settings are welcome and exuberantly encouraged to participate.

12 months, 12 essential skills, 12 simple and EASY changes to your current clinical practice habits, one simple way to create lasting impact on those we serve.

Please join me in welcoming another year with good cheer, a good attitude, and good clinical practice!

Looking forward to growing with you,

Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT

 

 
posted: November 20, 2017

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-Reducing Falls Risk

-Locating a Geriatric Specialist

-Healthy Bones

-Dementia and More!

The calendars make great gifts for your patients and clients and we offer discounts for multiple orders.

Order yours today at https://geriatricspt.org/store/index.cfm?carttoken=CY1A7MQ101817113520&action=ViewDetails&itemid=13723

 
posted: October 24, 2017

APTA's Emerging Leaders program recognizes PTs and PTAs early in their careers for outstanding contributions to the profession of physical therapy.  Mariana is one of our most involved members, serving as chair of our Balance and Falls Special Interest Group, Program Co-Chair and AGPT State Advocate for the state of Vermont where she facilitates communication between the VPTA and the Academy. As chair of our BFSIG, Mariana has conference calls with members to keep them informed of upcoming activities and she also started a bi-monthly journal club where members discuss current articles with the authors when available. And if that wasn't enough to engage members of the SIG, she also sends out information related to a different aspect of managing balance and falls risk in our older adult populations every month. Topics include Getting Started - How to Discuss Falls and Goal Setting; Home Modifications; Outcome Measures and Educating Our Medical Contemporaries. As our Program Co-Chair at CSM and NEXT, Mariana is responsible for the evaluation of educational needs for our members along with management of speaker contracts and handouts, and room set-ups and catering at the events. Her contributions to numerous publications and courses in the field of geriatrics along with her community-based activities proves her commitment to improving the lives of our aging adults. We are proud to recognize Mariana's many accomplishments as an emerging leader. Congratulations Mariana!

Full details regarding the APTA Emerging Leaders Program can be found at http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/2016/10/LeadingtheWay/

 
posted: December 19, 2016

Happy Holidays AGPT Balance and Falls SIG Members!

As we draw nearer to the end of 2016 and the start of a brand new year, we start thinking about our resolutions and begin planning what we want to accomplish in the next year. Many resolutions focus on weight loss, money management, and spending more time with loved ones, but what are your professional goals for the year? It is important for us to stop and re-evaluate our clinical skills to make sure we are providing the highest standard of care for our patients and clients.

As the Clinical Liaison of the AGPT’s Balance and Falls SIG, I personally invite you to partake in a 12 month clinical skills development challenge, dubbed “The Monthly Challenge”, through the year of 2017. Each month, we will be sending out information related to a different aspect of managing balance and falls risk in our older adult population. Each month is briefly highlighted below:

January: Getting Started- How to Discuss Falls and Goal Setting

February: Home Modifications

March: Outcome Measures

April: Educating Our Medical Contemporaries

May: Otago and Other Interventions

June: Extrinsic Factors Related to Falls and Balance

July: Professional Resources Beyond the APTA

August: Reaching the Surrounding Community

September: Reaching PT Colleagues in Traditionally Non-Geriatric Settings

October: Addressing Fear-Induced Activity Limitations

November: Options for Continuing Education

December: Staying Connected in 2018 and Beyond

All members of the AGPT are invited to partake, but if you are interested in being included on a separate email list where you can communicate with other professionals, please email me at moyerheidis@gmail.com to get connected with our support group to help ensure your success in this endeavor. Clinicians of all skill levels (including students!) and from all settings are welcome and exuberantly encouraged to participate.

12 months, 12 essential skills, 12 simple and EASY changes to your current clinical practice habits, one simple way to create lasting impact on those we serve.

Please join me in welcoming the new year with good cheer, a good attitude, and good clinical practice!

Looking forward to growing with you,

Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT

 

Balance and Falls SIG Member Resources

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