Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fall Prevention at Brooksby Village

I totally enjoyed the Salem State College Occupational Therapy Student Conference this morning. Alison Fialho, OTR/L spoke about fall prevention at the retirement facility Brooksby Village in Peabody, Massachusetts. They provide all levels of care for residents with abilities ranging from independent to requiring skilled nursing care. The program stressed fall prevention by promoting balance and flexibility through Tai Chi classes. A group of residents demonstrated what they learned over the past 2 years-moving or standing to answer questions for over 30 minutes-a feat that would wear out most of us. The second part of this program demonstrated Ai Chi-basically Tai Chi in the water . Allison is in my Toastmaster's club and did us proud with almost no ahs or ums and a very skillful presentation.

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