This study aimed to complete a comprehensive investigation of factors which contribute to a fear of falling in individuals with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Functional balance performance, dependence in ADLs, and fatigue were independently associated with fear of falling.  

This study included 141 participants with the mean age of 68 years with Parkinson’s disease. Participant falls and near falls were tracked daily for a 6 month period. The investigators found that the strongest contributing factor was fear of falling followed by a history of near falls and retropulsion.

The authors of this article argue the benefit of classifying recurrent fallers into sub-groups based on fall frequency. Fall prevention and management strategies targeting specific sub-groups of people with Parkinson's disease should be investigated and evaluated in their efficacy to reduce fall frequency.

Perturbation-based balance training is an intervention including repeated postural perturbations aimed at improving control of rapid balance reactions. This study concluded that this kind of intervention appears to reduce fall risk among older adults and those with Parkinson’s disease.

Tuesday, November 14th from 11:30am to 12:30 pm EST.  Dr. Almeida, Director of the Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University will be presenting about a way to systematically consider the underlying factors that may underlie balance symptoms as well as their interactions in order to identify novel treatment strategies for Parkinson's disease. Register here.

The South East Ontario Regional Integrated Fall Prevention & Management Strategy invites you to join us in a celebration of the launch of this FREE 14 month calendar supported by the Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative on Friday November 17th from 1:30-3pm at Founders Hall in the new Providence Care Hospital. There will be refreshments, information about community organizations, draw prizes and more.  Everyone is welcome!  If your organization is interested in donating a prize or distributing calendars please contact Julia Miller at julia.miller@queensu.ca.

On Wed. Oct. 25th at 6pm join Dr. Marla Shapiro & Dr. John Puxty for this group learning program held at Aqua Terra, Kingston.  Dr. Puxty will be focusing on the issue of cognitive impairment as a confounding factor in managing chronic disease and its impact on outcomes. He will explain the link in association with falls and cognitive impairment. To register for this event please contact Jody Campbelton at 613-449-4679 or jody.campbelton@amgen.com.

The WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) propose evidence-based recommendations for health care professionals to prevent, slow or reverse declines in the physical and mental capacities of older people. These recommendations require countries to place the needs and preferences of older adults at the centre and to coordinate care. The ICOPE Guidelines will allow countries to improve the health and well-being of their older populations, and to move closer to the achievement of universal health coverage for all at all ages. 60 pages. Last reviewed Oct. 2017.

This is Long Term Care seeks to profile new and emerging research, innovation and quality initiatives in a unique forum designed for learning, networking and information sharing. It provides an unparalleled opportunity for Association members, stakeholders and long-term care sector representatives to hear about existing best practice programs, tools, resources, policies and procedures which can be implemented across the sector to address quality of care. The audience includes approximately 400 long-term care frontline staff, owners and operators, family caregivers, policymakers, researchers, students, and aging care leaders. The conference is being held at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. For more information, please visit the conference website.

The goal of this 3.5 hr training session facilitated by York Region Public Health, Public Health Nurses is to increase knowledge, skills and awareness about the causes of falling and to recommend fall prevention strategies for the older adults whom health care providers and caregivers work with.  Topics covered include: aging, ageism, learned helplessness, risk factors for falls and changing behavior through supportive coaching. The program is evidence based and utilizes current research, adult learning principles and best practices in fall prevention.

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