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When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
5:00 PM

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TPTA South Central District Meeting

Fear of Falling and Fall Avoidance

Strategies and Approaches for PT and OT

DATE: May 23, 2018

TIME: 5:00pm  – 6:30 pm


Course Description

This course will address the impact of fear of falling and fall avoidance behaviors in the geriatric population; how to establish baseline measures and progress towards goals; practical interventions to reduce likelihood for falls; strategies to reduce fear of falling and fall avoidance behavior.


1.5 hours contact time (0.15 CEU’s)

5:00 – 5:15           Introduction and impact of fear of falling and fall avoidance behaviors

5:15 – 5:45           Assessment and Evaluation

                                                Tests and Measures

                                                                Screening exam

                                                                Outcome measures

                                                Goal Writing

                                                POC Considerations

5:45 – 6:15           Treatment Interventions


                                                                Mobility limitations

                                                                Graded exposure

                                                                Assistive devices/Modifications




                                                Multidisciplinary fall risk measures

6:15 – 6:30           Case study presentation and Q & A

    Course objectives

At the completion of this class, the participant will be able to:

1.Accurately screen for fear of falling and fall avoidance beliefs

2.Perform appropriate evaluative techniques to highlight fear of falling

3.Establish appropriate goals to reduce fear of falling and fall avoidance behaviors

4.Provide effective interventions to reduce fear of falling and fear avoidance beliefs

5.Plan for progressive reduction in fear avoidance beliefs

6.Recognize when to involve other disciplines

  Method for determination of achievement of objectives

Participants will reports a case study demonstrating opportunities to improve a current patient along with completing a post-test requiring 80% success

Instructor Bio

Andy McCormick PT, DPT, GCS, OCS is the Director of Rehab for NHC in Columbia TN and is a faculty member of their Geriatric Residency Program. In addition to treating patients, Dr. McCormick teaches various topics of continuing education impacting the geriatric populations within as well as outside of NHC. Dr. McCormick is the recent recipient of the TPTA Excellence in Clinical Practice Award and past Clinical Instructor of the Year with Tennessee State University Physical Therapy Program.

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