Connie Plummer (left), Michael Duboi, Natalia Filip
Connie Plummer (left), Michael Duboi, Natalia Filip

A trio of speakers will address the subject “Key Steps to Fall Prevention” next Wednesday (April 30) during the monthly wellness program sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy.  The program begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.

The speakers will discuss the epidemic of falls in this country, primarily among the elderly, and the cost to the health care system.  They will provide clinical information and address the importance of physical exercise and other pro-active measures for fall prevention.  They will also respond to questions from the audience.

Connie Plummer, a certified Pilates instructor who operates The Pilates Station in the Academy Village Community Center with her husband Bill Plummer, will focus on the importance of balance and physical fitness as key factors in preventing falls at any age.  Plummer was trained in Mat and Reformer Pilates by the Arizona Pilates Academy and is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

The other two speakers, Michael Dubois and Natalia Filip, will approach the subject of fall prevention and recovery from falls from the perspective of physical therapists.  Both are associated with Momentum Physical Therapy in Tucson and they will emphasize the importance of one’s physical condition in fall prevention and what can be done to facilitate recovery from a fall.

Dubois, a physical therapist in Tucson for more than 25 years, has focused on orthopedic physical therapy and functional changes associated with aging.  He has a master’s degree in Geriatric Science and is certified as a clinical specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  He has developed strength and conditioning programs for local high school athletic teams.

Filip, associated with Momentum Physical Therapy since 2012, also focuses on orthopedics, along with female athlete and women’s health.  She is a graduate of State University of New York at Brockport with a major in Health Science and concentration in Exercise Physiology.  She received a doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Submitted by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

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