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Understanding Gait Issues and Preventing Falls

presented by Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

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Lisa Byrd is an employee of Florida Health Plans – BCBS. She is currently on Speaker’s Bureaus for Purdue Pharmaceuticals and Avanir Pharmaceuticals and is on the Advisory Board for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals.

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Normal aging changes in older individuals predispose them to falls. Dementia causes more risk factors that lead to increased incidence of falling. This course will review how aging affects gait and balance and leads to more falls, and how dementia causes memory issues and decreased understanding of physical limitations, which cause further problems leading to falls.

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Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, Gerontologist, is an expert in caring for older adults and a seasoned Certified Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She treats numerous patients in nursing homes, an outpatient clinic, and hospital inpatient settings.

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1. Normal Aging Changes Affecting Gait and Balance

This chapter will review the effects of dementia that affect gait and balance in older adults. Strategies to prevent falls will be reviewed to promote safety and prevent injury.

2. Strategies to Prevent Falls in Older Adults with Dementia

This chapter will review how individuals with dementia are at greater risk for falls. The chapter covers ways to improve safety, decrease falls, and improve balance in the older adult with dementia.

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