Falls Prevention Workshop Descriptions

All workshops will be held at the Country Inn and Suites, 1100 Danby Road (Route 96B). There is no registration fee for the Falls Prevention workshops (without CEUs), although Ithaca College Gerontology Institute registration is required.

Multifactorial Considerations

Part 1: Overview of Falls as a Complex Geriatric Problem

Part 2: Environmental and Contextual Factors Related to Falls

Thursday, September 25, 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Level: Introductory


Theresa Vallone, EdD, MS, OTR, Clinical Associate Professor, Program Director of Occupational Therapy, D'Youville College

Michele Karnes, EdD, MS, OTR, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, D'Youville College

Part 1 of this workshop will provide a comprehensive review of the complex problem of falls in older adults. Participants will review research supporting specific assessments and strategies for identifying and reducing fall risk factors in older community-dwelling adults. Part 2 will examine environmental assessments and strategies directed toward changing behaviors related to home safety/falls prevention. Dr. Karnes will highlight Internet sites that serve as resources for home safety and adaptation as well as discuss the proper use of assistive technology and adaptive equipment. 

Tai Chi: An Evidence-Based Program for Falls Prevention

Workshop is full; we are no longer accepting registrations.

Wednesday, October 8, 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Level: Introductory

Presenter: Joseph Baumgarden DPT, Cert MDT

This workshop provides an overview of Tai Chi as a health and wellness application as well as an effective activity program for falls prevention and balance training. A short history, summary of evidence supporting the use of Tai Chi in falls prevention and a case-based example of teaching and supervising Tai Chi movements will be provided. Participants will learn tips for leading or performing various Tai Chi routines in sitting and standing for use with various older adult groups.

Medication Management: Understand Medication Issues to Help Guide, Coach, and Refer Older Adults

Tuesday, October 14, 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Level: Introductory

Presenter: Kirsten Butterfoss, PharmD, Clinical Assistant Professor, D’Youville College

Older adults comprise nearly 13% of the US population. Yet, this group consumes 33% of all prescription drugs and at least 40% of over-the-counter medications. Frequently, this relationship contributes to falls, which are an under-recognized risk factor for greater morbidity and mortality.

Falls Prevention: Effective Assessment, Triage, and Intervention Program Design

Workshop is full; we are no longer accepting registrations.

Wednesday, October 22, 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Level: Intermediate

Presenter: Raymond J. Hammel, PT, DPT, MS

This workshop provides an overview of evidence-based assessments and interventions and a multi-system approach to clinical decision-making for falls prevention in older adults. Case studies will help to assist the learner in identifying potential considerations in assessing, program planning, and strategizing for falls prevention in response to specific identified falls risk factors.