A Holistic Exercise Approach to Fall Prevention in Older Adults: Programming for the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Session Description: Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. As a result of anxieties over instability, older adults often seek to reduce falls by limiting their activities; this may lead to further negative consequences including physical decline, social isolation, feelings of helplessness, and depression. Given the increasing size of our aging population, the significant financial and emotional impact of falls, and the widespread desire of older adults to remain active in their home and community, effective fall prevention programs are essential for supporting safe and connected communities. Based on their research, the presenters will describe the things that lead to falls among older adults and strategies that they have developed to help prevent them.

Session Information: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 10:00-11:45 a.m. This is a live-streamed, online program. Registrants will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center (selimcenter@stthomas.edu) immediately.

Session Educators:

  • Dr. Brett D. Bruininks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science in the Morrison Family College of Health at the University of St. Thomas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame (1996) and a Masters (2005) and Doctoral Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology (2009) from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Prior to coming to the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Bruininks spent two years at Minnesota State University-Mankato in the Department of Athletics and four years as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Program in Exercise Science and Laboratory for Human Performance at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN). Dr. Bruininks is the co-author of the Bruininks Motor Ability Test (BMAT; Pearson Publishing) that assesses motor and movement deficits in young and aging populations. In addition to his teaching at UST, he works closely with allied health professionals, particularly Occupational and Physical Therapists and Nurses, on issues related to motor development and planning in youth and older adults. His current research explores the influence of specialized multi-component exercise training on fall prevention in older adults.
  • Cynthia P. Conner is currently the Lead Instructor and Assistant Director of the Mindful Movement Fall Prevention Program. She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology from St. Olaf College and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Fee for the session: $20.00 per person 

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To register by check or cash, or to redeem a voucher, please complete this registration form and mail back to the address on the form: Winter 2023 Printable Registration Form