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Sunset Village Presents:

Falling through the Cracks

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 8:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Identifying seniors at risk for falls through the implementation of a fall-risk screening and conditioning program

Every eleven seconds, an older adult receives emergency room treatment for injuries sustained in a fall. Falls cause more than 2.8 million injuries every year, resulting in more than 800,000 hospitalizations. And in the next two years, as the population ages, financial costs from older adult falls are expected to reach $68 billion.

Sunset Village is holding a Fall-Risk Symposium on September 25, from 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM.

If you’re a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or licensed social worker, you won’t want to miss this educational event. Seating is limited, so register now.


The registration fee for this symposium is $25.00, which includes breakfast.

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Sunset Village

9640 Sylvania Metamora Rd.
Sylvania, OH 43560

PARKING: Please park on the North side of the building. Enter through the Rehab entrance.


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7:30 AM – 8:15 AM


8:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Presentation by David Wilcox, Elizabeth Fries,
and Dr. Kristen Finley Sobota

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM


10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Workshop: Hands-On Practice with Fall-Risk Assessments

11:30 AM – 11:40 AM

Review and Q & A Session

11:40 AM – 11:45 AM


Continuing Education Credits

Physical Therapy: Hours have been approved for Ohio and Michigan.

Occupational Therapy: Hours have been approved for Ohio.

Licensed Social Worker: Hours have been approved for Ohio.

Nursing: May use OT, PT, and LSW hours for contact hours only.

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Program Presented in Partnership With:

David Wilcox, OTR/L Clinical Education
Biodex Medical Systems

David Wilcox, OTR/L is an advanced clinician who has worked in the field of Occupational Therapy for 20 years. He started his career in 1998 at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, treating an array of diagnoses including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, pulmonary, and orthopedic conditions. David has extensive experience in not only treating the geriatric population, but performing environmental assessments to help prevent or reduce falls in the home. Throughout the years, his role expanded from treating clinician to student supervisor, guest lecturer, mentor, and adjunct professor with specific focus on neuroscience, cognition, and activity analysis.

David joined Biodex in 2010. As a clinical educator, he provides operation-based in-services, clinically focused continuing education accredited courses and workshops, and ongoing clinical support for Biodex’s line of physical medicine and rehabilitation products. He continues to work with clinicians and their patients identifying how Biodex technology can assess and target specific impairments contributing to strength, gait, and balance deficits across all populations and diagnoses.

Elizabeth Fries, Deputy Director Health Promotion and Planning
Union County Health Department

Elizabeth Fries received a BA in Public Health from Baldwin Wallace College and has 13 years of experience working at a local health department in injury prevention. Liz served as the Chair of the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership, Chair of the Ohio Child Injury Action Group, and is currently the Chair of the Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition.

Through funding from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC, Liz developed a comprehensive falls prevention program for Union County. The house assessment and modification program she developed as part of this initiative was recognized as a Model Practice in 2015 by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).

Dr. Kristen Finley Sobota, Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy

Prior to joining the Raabe College of Pharmacy at ONU in 2007, Kristen Finley Sobota graduated Summa Cum Laude from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 2006 and was an ambulatory care pharmacy practice resident at Ohio State University. Her clinical practice site included five community health clinics (Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers Inc.) that served a multi-cultural and indigent population. At ONU, she is a professor of pharmacy practice and served as the director of outreach programming from 2009-15. She currently teaches in the profession of pharmacy series, pharmacy calculations, over-the-counter products, physical assessment and various community/ambulatory topics.

Finley Sobota is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) and board-certified geriatric pharmacist (BCGP) and holds numerous certifications from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), including medication therapy management (MTM), immunizations, lipids and diabetes. She is the current co-advisor of the student organization the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) as well as an active member in the national ASCP professional affiliation. Her recognitions include the 2019, 2018, and 2015 ONU Outstanding Pharmacy Practice Professor, the 2015 ONU Advisor of the Year, the 2014 West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Centennial Hall of Fame, the 2012 Ohio Pharmacists Association Young Pharmacist of the Year, the 2010 NACDS Community Pharmacy Faculty Award, and the 2009 ONU Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.


Please contact Gayle Young at gyoung@sunset-communities.org or 419-724-1225, extension 2305.