953 Spring 2019 Fall Prevention in Older Adults
Tuesday, 2:15-3:40, Mar. 26
Instructor: Jessica Pope
Falls are a significant healthcare issue for older adults. Falling and injuries resulting from falls can have significant impacts in one’s life, affecting quality of life. Fortunately, falls are preventable. This course will cover research regarding falls, fall risk factors, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and fall prevention strategies. Participants can also expect to learn about a recent community outreach exercise program that was conducted through George Mason University and the benefits and outcomes of participation in the program. Participants will learn how to reduce or improve fall risks and how to make their homes safer. Exercises and exercise programs that reduce fall risk factors and have other health benefits will be discussed.
Jessica Pope is pursuing her PhD in exercise, fitness, and health promotion. She conducts research in fall prevention for older adults and has presented at national conferences. She holds an MS in health and human performance: athletic training (The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), and bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Tech.