Making a Case for Falls Prevention in Seniors

March 22, 2013 - March 22, 2013

Unintentional falls are one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among frail older adults. In her presentation, Dr. Shanthi Johnson (Professor and Associate Dean - Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina) will highlight the epidemiological research related to the surveillance and monitoring of falls and fall-related injuries among seniors and the intervention research focusing on the understanding of the underlying mechanisms of factors associated with falls among seniors in community and long-term care settings. Challenges and opportunities in the injury prevention research area will also be discussed.

In addition to being a professor and Associate Dean, Dr. Johnson is also a research faculty member with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU). Her research program involves health promotion and falls prevention among older adults with a multidisciplinary perspective. She is also interested in the cross-cultural study of
aging, health beliefs and practices related to chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, and aging in place in rural areas within the population health context.

Event details: Friday, March 22, 2013, 12:30-2 p.m.

Location: This lecture will take place in Regina at JSGS Window Room, 2nd Floor, Gallery Building, University of Regina, College Avenue Campus. The event will also be video-conferenced to a Saskatoon audience in the Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, 101 Diefenbaker Place, University of Saskatchewan Campus. *Please be advised that the JSGS Window Room is located on the second floor of the Gallery Building. Individuals with mobility difficulties should contact us at (306) 585-5869 or at least one week prior to the event.

Registration: Those interested in attending are encouraged to register online or by clicking on the School of Public Policy event calendar.

This event is in conjunction with the Western Regional Training Centre on Health Services Research. The WRTC is an innovative and collaborative initiative that supports the training of applied health services researchers across disciplines, sectors, and institutions, equipping them to address the research needs of a wide range of health care policy and decision-makers. The WRTC is based at six universities in western Canada, including the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.