Fall Prevention Awareness Day


Wesley Life partnered with DMU for the 2nd year to host the Fall Prevention Awareness event held on September 14. Michelle Brown, Kathy Mercuris, Tracy Bush and Laura Covill supervised DPT students.

During the three hour event, 75 community dwelling individuals attended and participated in the following:

  1. Balance screens, home safety checklist/discussion, and the activities-specific Balance Confidence questionnaire provided by D.P.T. students. These results were reviewed with each participant.
  2. Exercised during a 30 minute Tai Chi class and/or Chair Yoga class.
  3. Medication reviews and blood pressure screens by Drake University Pharmacy students.
  4. Obtained information regarding nutrition and the prevention of osteoporosis.
  5. Viewed a video on fall risk and exercise for prevention.

We also had a resource table with literature for companies in our area who did home modification, and community based exercise classes.

Kari Smith, P.T., D.P.T., BCB-PMD

Dr. Kari Smith is an associate professor in the Des Moines University Department of Physical Therapy and manager of the DMU Physical Therapy Clinic. Her clinical emphasis is in orthopedics and the treatment of bladder and bowel incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunctions with the use of exercise and manual therapy, including visceral mobilization and biofeedback. She has a certificate of achievement in pelvic physical therapy from the Academy of Pelvic Health of the American Physical Therapy Association and is board-certified in biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. She enjoys being active in nature and participating in endurance sports during her leisure time.

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