Monthly Caregiver Support Group – Aug. 27, 6 p.m.

Date: August 27, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Hillcrest Health Services Conference Center

Featured Presenters:

Dr. Dawn Venema & Dr. Joseph Siu

Dr. Venema is an assistant professor in the Division of Physical Therapy Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).  Her clinical experience as a physical therapist focused on reduction of fall risk in older adults.  At UNMC, she teaches a course related to interpreting and applying research findings to physical therapy practice, as well as a course on teaching mobility skills to patients.  She is actively engaged in research on reducing fall risk in hospitalized older adults, and the effects of dual-tasking on mobility in older adults, particularly those with cognitive impairments.

Dr. Siu is an associate professor of physical therapy education and teaches research related courses to the doctoral physical therapy students at UNMC. He practiced physical therapy in Taiwan focusing on geriatrics and neurology. Dr. Siu currently conducts research to understand how people maintain balance during standing and walking. His research team is developing training program(s) using Tai Chi or dual-tasking methods to reduce fall incidence in elderly population and minorities in Omaha.

They will discuss the role of physical therapy in the care of individuals with cognitive impairment; identify strategies for safely assisting individuals with movement; and discuss the impact of “dual tasks” on older adults with cognitive impairment.

The support group is facilitated by Hillcrest Health Services’ Director of Education & Quality, Anna Fisher, Ph.D., and is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter in Omaha. For more information, call (402) 682-4272.


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