Evidence Based Falls Prevention training: Otago Exercise Program!
The Otago Exercise Program (Otago) has been proven effective to reduce balance impairments and lower body weakness through individually tailored instruction prescribed by a Physical Therapist. Otago uses standardized exercises of progressive difficulty to improve strength and balance, combined with a walking program. Developed in New Zealand and endorsed by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is used by Physical Therapists worldwide. Random control trials demonstrated fall reductions of 35 – 45% in older adults. The evidence based Otago program was developed for home health intervention, and the concepts have been used in home exercise, group exercise, and restorative nursing programs. PT & PTA training is required to ensure fidelity and effectiveness of the Otago Exercise Program. http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/compendium/1.2_otago.html
STEADI – (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries). This evidence based STEADI tool kit was created by CDC for use by health care providers who treat older adults at risk of falling or who have fallen in the past. The kit includes a clinical practice guideline, educational information, and standardized gait and balance assessment tests. http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Falls/steadi/about.html
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 4-6:30 PM – BLOOMINGTON
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 4-6:30 PM – RED WING
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 4-6:30 PM – ALEXANDRIA
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 4-6:30 PM – DULUTH
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 4-6:30 PM – OLIVIA