Date: Thursday November 5, 2015
The rate of fall injuries among older adults in Aboriginal communities is almost twice that of the non-Aboriginal older adults. Little is known about the factors that contribute to this significant difference, or of appropriate prevention strategies. In this presentation Dr. Vicky Scott will describe a new project to adapt an existing fall and fire prevention program specifically for First Nations Communities. The program known as ‘Strategies and Actions for Independent Living’ (SAIL), has been shown effective in the general population of home support clients. This 3-year project involves a series of training workshops and evaluation site visits for over a dozen First Nations communities to determine what is most appropriate and feasible with regard to fall and fire prevention in remote and urban First Nations communities. In addition, we will show a short video of a pilot project of Tai Chi exercises with First Nations elders.
1. To learn about the scope of the problem of falls among First Nations elders.
2. To learn about an existing and proven fall prevention program being adapted for use in First Nations communities.
3. To learn how to conduct assessment measures for fall risk.
4. To learn about current best practices in fall prevention.
About The Presenters:
Dr. Vicky Scott is a Clinical Associate Professor with the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia; a researcher with Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) and Director of the Centre of Excellence on Mobility Fall Prevention and Injury in Aging (CEMFIA) at CHHM. Dr. Scott is an Osteoporosis Canada Advisory Board member and sits on the Osteoporosis Scientific Advisory Committee. For the past 14 years Dr. Scott served as the Senior Advisor on Fall and Injury Prevention with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit and Ministry of Health. She is also the National lead for the Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum.
Dr. Scott’s key objectives are to conduct original research at National and Regional levels and to facilitate evidence-based best practices for reducing falls and related injuries in all health care delivery settings. She has lead or co-lead numerous studies on seniors’ mobility, fall and injury prevention,including as Co-PI of a CIHR-funded controlled trial on fall prevention in home care, and co-lead on the development of the Primary Care Fall Prevention program. Most recently, she is leading a project for fall and fire prevention for First Nations elders in BC with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. In 2007 she was awarded a CIHR Knowledge Translation Award.
Patricia Bell is a registered nurse who works as a Home Care Nurse Advisor for First Nations Health Authority.As part her duties Patricia provides resources and support to home care nurses in First Nations communities in BC. She is originally from northern Saskatchewan and currently lives in the north Okanagan with her husband..
Angie Gibson – Associate Degree Registered Nursing, Wallace State Community College – is a registered nurse and works as an Elders’ coordinator with Cowichan band on Vancouver Island. She is actively involved in working with Dr. Scott and her falls prevention project. .
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