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Extraordinary steps: What's unique about falls and falls prevention in advanced dementia (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St. W., Room SK 422)

Le 14 novembre 2017 - Le 14 novembre 2017 12 pm - 1 pm

Organisme d’accueil: University of Toronto Institute for Life Course and Aging

Type d’activité: Présentation ou atelier

Auditoire visé: Professionnels des soins de santé travaillant auprès des personnes âgées


Falls and their sequelae are a major contributor to loss of independence and function in older adults in the advanced stages of dementia. Most falls prevention approaches have not been evaluated in this particular population, and may have unintended consequences. In this presentation, Dr. Iaboni will present a multidimensional and dynamic framework for understanding why people with advanced dementia fall, and discuss approaches aimed at resolving the tension between striving for safety and preserving freedom of action and dignity.

Dr. Andrea Iaboni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is a geriatric psychiatrist and a clinician-investigator based in the Geriatric Rehabilitation Program at Toronto Rehab where she is the Research Lead. She is an affiliate scientist at the Toronto Rehab Research Institute. Her research focuses on the relationship between mental disorders and their treatment, and balance, mobility and falls.

The main themes of her research in this area have been in

i) pharmacoepidemiologic studies of falls-related medications in older adults;

ii) the impact of antidepressants on mobility and falls risk; and

iii) mobility and falls in advanced dementia.

She has recently developed a related and overlapping interest in the area of innovative technology for dementia care, including assessment and management of falls risk.

RSVP: aging@utoronto.ca