Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM MST
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Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 87 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9

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Faculty of Rehab Medicine, U of A - Calgary Campus (Room 320) 906 8th Ave SW Calgary, AB T2P 1H9

Or attend via video or teleconference by registering on the VC Scheduler - click here!



Emily Dymchuk, Program Coordinator
Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research

Falls Prevention in Continuing Care and the Community 

November is Falls Prevention Month!

In recognition of Falls Prevention Month, the Institute for Continuing Care Education & Research and the Injury Prevention Centre are hosting a one-day session to talk about falls prevention issues and the latest research.

Speakers will be presenting from both Edmonton and Calgary sites - Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (room 2-140), and the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, U of A Calgary Campus (room 320). There are no seats left at either host site!

Registration is no longer available to attend remotely via video or teleconference.

Because this is a free education session, no refreshments or lunch will be provided at any site.


8:45 - 9:00 AM Registration & set-up of remote sites

9:00 - 9:20 AM Welcome & introductions - Sandra Woodhead Lyons, Executive Director, ICCER; Dr. Kathy Belton, Associate Director, IPC; Jennifer Dotchin, Health Policy Consultant, CARNA

9:20 - 10:00 AM Technological Revolution: Falls and Injury Prevention - Emily Post, AHS

Emily Post is a Provincial Lead in Practice Development for the Community, Seniors, Addictions & Mental Health portfolio at Alberta Health Services. Emily completed her Master's in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, where she developed a novel stick-on hip protector for an acute care environment and studied fall and injury prevention. Emily's current work focuses on a number of provincial initiatives, including the development of a provincial falls toolkit and increasing falls awareness in health care professionals and their clients.

10:00 - 11:00 AM Falls Risk Management Strategy: What do I need to know? - Jodie Breadner, AHS

Falls are the leading cause of injury in the older adult population, with 33% of older adults 65 years or greater falling each year.  Statistics tend to be higher in facility living. The Calgary Zone Fall Risk Management Program has collaborated with Integrated Supportive and Facility Living to develop a Zone-wide strategy, which meets the Provincial Level 1 Policy and Accreditation Falls Required Organizational Practices. Jodie will outline the components of the Provincial Fall Risk Management model, enhance understanding of what resources are required, and support participants in finding information and resources.

11:00 - 11:15 AM BREAK

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Physical Literacy - Andy Kitchen, City of Calgary

Andy Kitchen is both a Certified Exercise Physiologist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as an AFLCA fitness instructor. Her focus for the last number of years has been adult/older adult fitness and active aging. Currently working for the City of Calgary in Recreation, she has developed a movement preparation guide for ambulatory adults and older adults, as well as the newly implemeted 3 tiered structure to the City of Calgary's Gentle Fitness Programs. The goal of both of these projects is to keep adults appropriately active as they age, and trying novel experiences to continue on their life long physical literacy journey.

12:00 - 12:50 PM LUNCH BREAK (Note: No lunch will be provided for this session)

1:00 - 2:00 PM Concussions in Seniors - Dr. Wasif Hussain, University of Alberta

Wasif Hussain is born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Dr. Hussain completed Neurology Residency training at the University of Alberta followed by a concussion fellowship at the Canadian Concussion Centre at the University of Toronto. He is involved in research projects pertaining to concussion and is an advocate for prevention and education as a cornerstone of concussion care.

2:00 - 2:15 PM BREAK

2:15 - 3:15 PM Piloting a Falls Strategy at St. Marguerite Manor - Karen LaValley, AHS

From April to November 2017 an Alberta Health Services (AHS) working group collaborated with St. Marguerite (Covenant Care) leadership to determine the Manors’ priorities for a pilot at their site on fall risk management. Karen will discuss the three priorities that were identified, how knowledge transfer and changes to practice were supported, and how sustainment and evaluative components were built into the implementation plan.

3:15 - 3:30 PM Closing remarks


PLEASE NOTE: Registration is now closed for this session. 

In-person registration cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the event start time. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration or contact Emily Dymchuk. We do accept replacements to attend in the registrants place.




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