March 6 Zoom Meeting — Falls and Balance

Falls. Always on our minds. During our Just-Us Share Time meeting in September of 2022, when we talked about fears, all of us mentioned fear of falling as one of our biggest fears. Not so much the act of falling itself, but what could happen—and has happened to some of us—as a result of a fall. Some of us have, unfortunately, required surgery after falling to repair broken bones. 

Despite our diligence and best efforts to pay attention to what we’re doing; to move more slowly, carefully, and deliberately; and to avoid distractions when walking and especially going up and down stairs, falls happen—sometimes suddenly with no time to react. 

There’s equipment to help with that. Inova Fair Oaks Rehabilitation Department recently added a recumbent elliptical bike, treadmill, and overhead harness system (all by Biodex) for treadmill, slip trainer, and overground training to improve balance and prevent falls. Physical therapist Yuliya Jackson, an expert on balance issues, will join us at our March 6 meeting as our guest speaker. She will talk to us about the new equipment and share tips to prevent falls now and as Parkinson’s progresses.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 6
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Place: Via ZOOM (link will be sent out the day before the meeting
  • Speaker: Yuliya Jackson, PT, DPT
  • Topic: Staying on Your Feet: Preventing and Minimizing Falls

We will take some time after our speaker leaves for Just-Us Share Time.

About our speaker: Yuliya Jackson, PT, DPT, is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and a Vestibular-Certified Specialist. She has a Doctor in Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professionals in Boston, Massachusetts, and has practiced in a variety of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings providing care in both acute and outpatient environments. In recent years, she has found her home in working with and treating people with neurological issues. She enjoys the problem-solving and creativity required to figure out interesting solutions to the difficult problems her patients face every day.

Zoom link will be sent out the day before the meeting. Please plan to sign on from a quiet area of your home to preserve the group’s confidentiality. You may sign in 10-15 minutes early if you wish. We welcome you to join us even if you are running late. We get it if you are having a slower day!

If you do not receive the Zoom link by 5:00 the day before, please contact me no later than 10:00 a.m. the day of the meeting to be sure I see it in time to get you the link. 

An important reminder: Anything talked about or suggested during our meetings is based on personal experience and should not be considered medical advice in any way, shape, or form. No one should make any changes to their individual medical treatment plan without the full knowledge and approval of their medical providers. 

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