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Stand Strong, Live Long: Falls Prevention Virtual Event

September 20,
12–3 p.m. CT


Understand your risks and learn how to prevent a fall this September with Oasis! Oasis is partnering with national health professionals and experts to present a free event full of scheduled presentations, activities, and health screenings centered on fall prevention. Join us virtually for Stand Strong, Live Long! Check out the dynamic, fast-paced virtual agenda below.

Attendees will hear from expert leaders and speakers from across the country to raise awareness about falls risks and learn practical tips on how to prevent falls. The audience will hear from the best minds in fall prevention, including the CDC, geriatricians, physical therapists, and healthcare experts.

The day will feature:

• Live demonstrations of how to assess the safety of your home
• Experts showcasing real-time balance tips and simple movements
• Pharmacists discuss medication management
• Step-by-step “how-to’s” for low and no-cost home modifications

Register for the virtual event by completing the form below.

Once you submit the form, you will receive an email with detailed information about the event.

Virtual Falls Prevention 2023

Raise Awareness about Falls Risk and Learn Practical Tips on how to Prevent Them!

Meet our team of experts


Juliet Simone

Juliet Simone MPH, MBA, The Oasis Institute

Juliet serves as Chief Program Officer at The Oasis Institute, where she is responsible for business development, revenue generation and grant-funded health and technology education initiatives. She is a member of several boards, and serves as a guest instructor on anti-ageism at the Washington University School of Medicine and as a Community Health Worker instructor at St. Louis Community College. Juliet formerly served as the chairperson of the Show Me Falls Free Missouri Coalition, and was a community health organizer in the Peace Corps.

Gwen Bergen, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Injury Prevention

Gwen Bergen serves as the team lead for the Safety Promotion Team in the Applied Sciences Branch of the Division of Injury Prevention at CDC’s Injury Center. The Safety Promotion Team’s primary focuses are the prevention of drownings and older adult falls.

Susan Friedman

Susan Friedman, MD, Independent Geriatrician with a certificate in Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Friedman is a board-certified geriatrician and internist. She received her medical degree and master’s degree in public health from Northwestern University and completed her residency and geriatric fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University. She is a professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, where her clinical time is divided between work as a geriatrics hospitalist at Highland Hospital and both inpatient and outpatient consultative care in lifestyle medicine.

Nancy Alexander, PT

Nancy Alexander, PT is a licensed physical therapist who has served as a clinician, rehab manager and rehab director at major health organizations in the Rochester area. Nancy wrote and published her first book in September 2018 titled, “An Unlikely Gift.” Just recently, she published her second book titled, “Get UP! Defy Aging with Movement.”

Kathleen Cameron, Author

Kathy Cameron, PharmD, National Council On Aging

Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH, has more than 25 years of experience in the health care field as a pharmacist, researcher, and program director focusing on falls prevention, geriatric pharmacotherapy, mental health, long-term services and supports, and caregiving. Cameron is Senior Director of the NCOA Center for Healthy Aging, where she provides subject matter expertise on health care programmatic and policy related issues and oversees the Modernizing Senior Center Resource Center.

Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Stark is an instructor for the environment class in the MSOT and OTD degree programs, the environment class in the Rehabilitation and Participation Science (RAPS) PhD program. She mentors students who work in her laboratory and is the co-director of the TL1 Predoctoral Training program at the Washington University Institute for Clinical Translational Science.

Kirsten Dorsey, OT

Kristen is an experienced Program Manager with a demonstrated history of working in traditional and non-traditional roles for Occupational Therapy. Skilled in facilitating client directed health and well-being programs focusing on physical, cognitive and mental health goals. Strong program and project management professional with a Master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine.

Jim Starshak, Master Trainer

Jim is a Master Trainer for Tai Chi for Health Institute, Adjunct Professor (Exercise Science), and Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT*D). CE Provider for ACSM, ACE, Nurses, Athletic Trainers (CEUs accepted by NSCA), Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists. Facilitate workshops to train Tai Chi Instructors. US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) Veteran.

Polly Lemire

In my experience, the Tiny Habits method has actually become the way to create a lifestyle that is more grounded, flexible, confident and on point, no matter what challenges one may be facing– especially for care-givers and those of us for whom QUALITY OF LIFE is a major objective.

Throughout all these different roles, my mission has been to contribute to the success of others. As a Tiny Habits coach I love helping people discover an incredibly simple way to not only create new habits they want in their lives but also to start living a life that glows!


Time Title Presenter
12-12:05 Welcome, Introductions, Falls Across the US, Overview of Falls Risks Juliet Simone, St. Louis Oasis; Raine Ames, Ames Productions
12:05-12:35 What the Latest? The State of Falls Across the U.S. and Demonstration of a New Online Risk Screening Tool Gwen Bergen, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Injury Prevention
12:35-12:50 What are Falls Risks and What Can I Control? Susan Friedman, MD, Independent Geriatrician with a certificate in Lifestyle Medicine
12:50-1 BREAK
1-1:20 The Three Big Areas of Risk
1-1:07 Physical Ability, Mobility and Agility Nancy Alexander, PT, Physical Therapist
1:07-1:14 Medication and Falls Kathy Cameron, PharmD (ncoa)
1:14-1:20 Home Modifications and Falls Prevention Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Washington University School of Occupational Therapy
1:20-1:30 Test Yourself: 30 second chair stand and what your result means for you Nancy Alexander, PT
1:30-1:50 Breakout Sessions (participants choose their section in advance and will be set up in their preferred session- target of 20-30 people per breakout session)

Session topics will include the following in the context of falls prevention:
Neurological diseases
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Bone Health and Osteoporosis
Vestibular System
Bladder Health
Blood Pressure and Heart Health
Eye Health

1:50-2 Test Yourself: Home hazard evaluation Susy Stark, Washington University School of Occupational Therapy
2-2:10 BREAK
Part 3: Thoughts into Action
2:10-2:20 Virtual Matter of Balance Kirsten Dorsey, OT, MaineHealth
2:20-2:30 Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention Jim Starshak, Master Trainer, Tai Chi for Health Institute
2:30-2:35 How to Achieve a Goal: Brief Introduction to Creating SMART Goals Polly Lemire, Tiny Habits for Joyful Living
2:35-2:55 Breakout Sessions (sessions of 8-10 older adults, led by a trained facilitator to lead SMART goal generation)
2:55-3 Closing Remarks from Oasis Juliet Simone, Oasis

Register for the virtual event by completing the form below.

Once you submit the form, you will receive an email with detailed information about the event.

Virtual Falls Prevention 2023

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