Parachute offered the fifth Canadian Fall Prevention Conference as an online event, Nov. 16 to 20, 2020.

Video recordings for nine of the 10 conference offerings – all but the Friday afternoon session – are now available to view: please check them out in the resources section, below the agenda information.

We co-ordinated a series of digital presentations focused on Connecting Communities: Fall Prevention Across the Lifespan. The content is relevant for:

  • early educators
  • healthcare professionals
  • researchers
  • community partners

This virtual conference held two sessions daily, addressing the key issues of: 

  • Children’s falls
  • Falls among older adults
  • Vulnerable populations and special considerations in falls across the lifespan. 

Session recordings will be made available to view at a later date.

Conference speakers

The conference featured speakers from across Canada, working in various sectors including health care, public health and injury prevention. 

Dr. Mariana BrussoniPopping the bubble wrap: Making Space for Risky Play

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is a developmental psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She is an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the British Columbia Injury Research & Prevention Unit. Mariana investigates child injury prevention and children’s risky play, focusing on parent and caregiver perceptions of risk, and design of outdoor play-friendly environments.     

Dr. Vicky ScottPan-Canadian Fall Prevention Training: Current and Future Opportunities 

Dr. Vicky Scott is a Clinical Professor with the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She has led, or co-led, over forty studies on seniors’ mobility, fall and injury prevention. She is the lead for the Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum and author on 29 peer-reviewed publications, numerous technical reports and the 2017 book on Fall Prevention Programming. Dr. Scott is also Co-chair of the Indigenous Fall Prevention Network.

Dr. Anita Chakravarti: Staying Well During a Pandemic

Dr. Anita Chakravarti, M.D. (USask ’82) Anesthesiology (UofA ’87) is a professor and Wellness Lead at Continuing Medical Education and a member of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.  She continues to be Associate Faculty at the Centre of Integrative Medicine. Currently, she works to develop Wellness Programming in College of Medicine and collaborates with provincial institutions to develop Health Care Provider Resources and Support. Dr. Chakravarti is a certified Facilitator and Faculty of Mindful Practice ®. 

Agenda

Children’s Falls: November 16, 2020

12PM EST to 1PM EST
Presentation TitlePresenterOrganization
Popping the bubble wrap: Making Space for Risky PlayDr. Mariana BrussoniB.C. Children’s Hospital Research Institute,University of British Columbia

3PM EST to 4PM EST
Preventing Childhood FallsCara ZukewichSaskatchewan Prevention Institute
Childhood Fall Prevention: Connecting the DotsHélène GagnéOntario Neurotrauma Foundation

Falls Among Older Adults, Part 1: November 17, 2020

12PM EST to 1PM EST
Presentation TitlePresenterOrganization
Steppin’ Up with Confidence Plus: The Development and Delivery of a Community Falls Prevention Exercise ProgramKristine MacDonaldPrairie Mountain Health
Care Communities – An Opportunity for Upstream Fall PreventionPhyllis HegstromHome Instead Senior Care
Remembering When – Fire Departments Working to Prevent Fire and FallsDori KrahnSaskatoon Fire Department

3PM EST to 4PM EST
Finding Balance: Preventing Older Adult Falls in an Evolving ContextNan ShybunkaInjury Prevention Centre, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Medications and Fall Risk: Educational Outreach as an Intervention StrategyLoren RegierCanadian Academic Detailing Collaboration (RxFiles AD and CEP AD)
Medication Prescribed to Ontario Older Adults One Year prior to a fall-related injuryYu MingHealth and Rehabilitation Sciences, Western University
Falls Risk Assessment and Management for Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Developing a BC Clinical Practice GuidelineDenise Beaton
Megan Oakey
British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

Falls Among Older Adults, Part 2: November 18, 2020

12PM EST to 1PM EST
Presentation TitlePresenterOrganization
Strong, Balanced and FAST: Working Together to Prevent Fall-Related Injuries in Older AdultsDr. Cathy ArnoldSchool of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan
Assessing mobility and safety of people with dementia using mobility aids to prevent fallsDr. Susan HunterSchool of Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario

3PM EST to 4PM EST
#FallPreventionCanadaValerie SmithParachute
Functional Independence in Acute CareSuzanne BakerNova Scotia Health
The Injury Pyramid of Impacts and Injuries to Body Parts from Video-Captured Falls in Long-term-careDr. Vicki KomisarSimon Fraser University
Vitamin D Supplementation for the Prevention of Falls and Fractures in Residents of Long-Term CareKathleen KulykCanadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
Seniors’ Falls in CanadaWendy Thompson
Joanne Bowater
Public Health Agency of Canada

Vulnerable Populations and Special Considerations in Falls Across the Life Span, A Focus on Indigenous Peoples: November 19, 2020

12PM EST to 1:30PM EST
Presentation TitlePresenterOrganization
Pan-Canadian Fall Prevention Training: Current and Future Opportunities Dr. Vicky ScottSchool of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia
Indigenous Fall Prevention Network: An OverviewDr. Kathy BeltonInjury Prevention Centre, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

3PM EST to 4PM EST
It takes a village to prevent a fall – how Loop helps you stay connected and informedShameeza AllardOntario Neurotrauma Foundation

Vulnerable Populations and Special Considerations in Falls Across the Life Span, A Focus on Women: November 20, 2020

12PM EST to 1PM EST
Presentation TitlePresenterOrganization
Balance Flow Yoga: A Community-Based Intervention for Peri- and Post- Menopausal WomenDr. Brenna Bath
Dr. Cathy Arnold
Shelly Prosko
School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan 
Prosko PhysioYoga 

3PM EST to 4PM EST
Staying Well During a PandemicDr. Anita Chakravarti Continuing Medical Education and Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan