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Kent State University symposium will offer a multidisciplinary view on falls
Department of Aging director one of many experts to address researchers, students and professionals on innovation in falls prevention

Aug. 14, 2014

Kent State University is hosting "Life in the Balance: Fall Prevention from Multidisciplinary Perspectives" on Nov. 13, 2014, featuring internationally renowned scholars presenting leading-edge research and interventions on fall prevention in community, home and health serving settings. The conference is co-sponsored by the Ohio Department of Aging.

Life in the Balance: Falls Prevention from Multidisciplinary PerspectivesLast year, Gov. Kasich and Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman led the creation of the STEADY U Ohio Initiative, a community-based effort to inform and educate the public about falls prevention.

"Falls are not a natural part of the aging process, and most falls can be prevented," said Director Burman. "Small steps everyone can take include looking around you at home, at work and in the community for habits and hazards that can lead to falls and injury. Then, learn what you can do to take action and remove or minimize the risk."

At the symposium, Director Burman will be looking back at the past year as well as looking ahead to the future of falls prevention. The research and practices discussed at the symposium will help inform further statewide initiatives.

Laurence Z. Rubenstein, M.D., M.P.H., professor and chair of Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and renowned expert on fall prevention assessment and intervention, will give the keynote address. Other speakers include:

  • Judy Stevens, Ph.D., National Center for Excellence, who will speak on "Injury Prevention and Control Fall Prevention in the Community;"
  • Jon Pynoos, Ph.D., University of Southern California Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, who will speak on "Falls Prevention in the Home;" and
  • Margaret Calkins, Ph.D., Kent State University, who will speak on "Fall Prevention in Health Service Settings."

Kent State has considerable strength in research on aging, with more than 30 faculty researchers across multiple colleges and departments. The symposium will feature a showcase of Kent State fall prevention research, a panel discussion, poster session and reception.

The symposium runs from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Depeyster Street, Kent, OH 44240. It is free and open to the public. Online registration is open until Nov. 6, 2014. Online poster submissions will be accepted until 6:30 p.m. EST on Oct. 1, 2014.

For general conference information, check out the conference website or contact Sheila Pratt, spratt@kent.edu, 330-672-0701.

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