This is a 2-hour webinar to describe the rate of self-reported falls, balance deficits and ADL deficits in 8 cancers including the 4 major solid tumor cancers (Breast, Prostate, Lung and Colorectal cancers) in the Medicare population; identify the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for balance deficits and falls; explain screening strategies; and apply intervention for these modifiable risk factors, balance deficits and fall prevention.
Upon completion of the webinar the participant will be able to:
1. Describe the frequency of falls, balance and ADL deficits in the common cancers in older cancer survivors.
2. Identify the risk factors for falls and balance deficits with the common cancers in older cancer survivors
3. Explain the common screening strategies in place for screening for falls and balance deficits in older cancer survivors
4. Describe and apply effective interventions for falls and balance deficits in older cancer survivors in today’s environment.
About The Speaker(s)
Jena Colon, DPT, MBA, Director of Balance and Falls SIG, Academy of Oncologic PT, APTA
Lucinda (Cindy) Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FACSM, FATPA, Past President of the Academy of Oncologic PT and past Editor of Rehabilitation Oncology journal.
Jena Colon, PT, DPT, MBA is a physical therapist with experience in multiple settings including home health, outpatient and acute care. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry as well as her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan – Flint. She has served as an adjunct professor at MidMichigan Community College teaching Rehabilitation Techniques for Neurological Rehabilitation. She has received several professional certifications including becoming certified as a LSVT BIG clinician, Otago certification for the geriatric population, and Level 1 Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) with additional training in cancer rehabilitation. She is very passionate about the field of physical therapy and works with many populations with a focus on geriatrics and cancer population. She is currently serving as the Federal Affairs Liaison and Payment Chair for the Oncology Section of the APTA. She is the Legislative Director for the Michigan Physical Therapy Association, she co-founded and is Director of Professional Growth/Education for the Oncologic Balance/Falls Special Interest Group, and is an Item writer for the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE). She has also served on the APTA Oncology Sections’ Cancer EDGE Task Force of Outcome Measures on Balance and presented at the Combined Sections Meeting in 2014-2019, as well as many other EDGE Task Force initiatives through the Oncology Section of the APTA. She is currently serving as a coauthor for the first edition of Oncology Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Clinicians, through Elsevier. She has presented her research along with her fellow authors at multiple national conferences to date and is published in peer-reviewed journals such as Rehabilitation Oncology.
Lucinda (Cindy) A. Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA has more than 40 years’ experience as a physical therapist. She serves the APTA American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) as a member of the Oncology Specialty Council and Item Review Coordinator. She received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy (PT) from Ithaca College in 1979, a master's in Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation in 1984 and a PhD in Exercise Physiology in 1989, both from The Ohio State University. Dr. Pfalzer joined University of Michigan (UM)-Flint as an Assistant Professor in June of 1986. She was promoted to Associate professor in 1992, Full Professor in 1998, and Professor Emerita in 2014 and the Pfalzer Horizon Award was created in her honor in March of 2014. Dr. Pfalzer led the development of online and post-professional physical therapy education at UM-Flint with the addition of a transitional DPT program including international education, certificate / residency programs in advanced PT practice and approval of the PhD in PT. Dr. Pfalzer became a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine in 1992. She was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA in 2007. Dr. Pfalzer is a past president of the APTA Academy of Oncologic PT the past Editor of Rehabilitation Oncology, the APTA Academy of Oncologic PT journal, and recently assisted with development of the “ONCO Reads” CEU project in partnership with the APTA Learning Center. Dr. Pfalzer serves the APTA as a member of the Accreditation Services Committee of Accreditation Services Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). She assisted with establishment of the Academy’s newest Special Interest Group for Balance and Falls for Cancer Survivors, and co-teaches a regional course on Balance and Falls in Cancer Survivors for the Academy.