Fall Prevention for Caregivers and Older Adults
The most common cause of injuries in older adults is from falls. An estimated 30% of adults, 65 years and older, fall each year. That number increases to about 50% for those over 80. Injuries from falls can be minor, serious, or even life-threatening. The good news is that there are many ways to reduce the risk of falling. This webinar, presented by Stanford Health Care Occupational Therapist Tricia Catiggay, provides tips and advice for caregivers of older adults, and will also benefit caregivers who are themselves 65 or older.
-Learn how how to identify common fall risk factors (including how certain medications may contribute to fall risk)
-Understand the basics of home safety as it relates to falls
-Learn simple exercises to improve balance and strength
Tricia Catiggay is an Occupational Therapist with over 40 years of experience. She has worked in many settings including acute care, rehab and has worked with a variety of people with health challenges impacting their daily lives from pediatrics to gerontology. She has worked at Stanford Health Care for the past 15 years, working in Injury Prevention under Trauma Services and is involved with the fall prevention programs offered by Stanford. Tricia also shares caregiving duties with her family in the care of their elderly mother with moderate dementia.