FPTA Sponsors Premier of Documentary about Fall Prevention Play ‘Denying Gravity’

Sponsored by Fla. Physical Therapy Association, Sept. 15 Premier will Feature Discussion on Preventing Falls – the Leading Cause of Fatal Injury Among People 65 and Older

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among people ages 65 and older. About 30 million older Americans fall every year, and two-thirds of those who fall will likely do so again within six months. With these sobering statistics as a backdrop, members of the media and the public are invited to attend the premier of a new fall prevention documentary –“Saving Claire” – which will premier to Sunday, Sept. 15, at Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center before rolling out to cities nationwide and then to public television.

Sunday’s free screening will also feature a discussion by Dr. Jacqueline Osborne, a practicing physical therapist who currently coordinates the Geriatric Residency Program at Brooks Rehabilitation and chairs the Florida Physical Therapy Association’s Falls Prevention Task Force.

“Saving Claire” tells the story of how Clearwater resident Linda Goldman became a playwright at 70 and wrote “Denying Gravity” – the fall prevention play about a woman, a fall, and the dramatic effect on her life, her family and her friends. The play, which brings awareness to the dangers and discuss how falls can be prevented, has been playing to packed houses across the country since its premier last year. To learn more, visit https://www.thrivinginplace.net/saving-claire.html

Sunday’s free premier is sponsored by the Florida Physical Therapy Association, which is dedicated to helping Floridians recover from falls – and most importantly, prevent falls before they happen. To learn more about physical therapy’s role in preventing falls, restoring movement and mobility, and treating chronic pain and addiction, visit the FPTA’s educational website: www.PTforPain.org and watch the FPTA’s informational video on PT’s role in fall prevention here: https://vimeo.com/244121344.

What: “Saving Claire” Documentary Premier

When: Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center (4951 78th Avenue N., Pinellas Park, FL)

PT for Pain is a project of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), dedicated to improving the health, wellness and quality of life of people in Florida by advancing the practice of physical therapy. The FPTA educates Floridians, health care providers, and public policy decision-makers about the key role physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in restoring and improving motion, as well as in improving the health of society.


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