Category: Program Info

Syncing your Garmin to your Bluetooth Phone or Device-

Technology can be a great help in tracking and improving your health. One of the challenges is that using technology often takes some experience or some guidance. One of the components of the HOP-UP-PT Foundational Independence program is the use of an activity monitor that a person wears on their wrist. Below are some key Read More

Otago Exercise Video – Level B

Welcome to the HOP-UP-PT interactive exercise video to guide you in the Otago exercise program.

This program was designed to help you maintain your strength and mobility and to help prevent falls. This video is intended for participants who have viewed the complete demonstration video and are ready to complete the program, start to finish without interruption.

“Stay Independent” brochure and fall risk screening tool

The Stay Independent brochure, available as a component of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention STEADI programming, contains a Fall risk Screening questionnaire that is useful to older adults and their families, community centers, and health care providers. The 12-question screening tool is a validated fall risk self-assessment tool (Rubenstein et al. J Safety Res; Read More

CDC’s STEADI Program integrated into HOP-UP-PT

A core component of the Foundational HOP-UP-PT Independence Program is the application of the CDC’s Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries program.  A highly regarded program available to the public and healthcare providers, STEADI helps identify and treat falls and fall related injuries. 

Otago-based Falls Prevention Exercise Program

Join Dr. Tiffany Shubert, Physical Therapist and expert in aging, health, and wellness in video one of this multi-part falls prevention exercise program.

HOP-UP-PT Receives Research Award at Physical Therapy Conference

Two research studies about HOP-UP-PT were featured at the Michigan state conference for physical therapists and was recognized with a state-level research award. This provides further evidence of the effectiveness of the HOP-UP approach for empowering older adults’ freedom and independence.

HOP-UP-PT reduces falling 8-fold

HOP-UP-PT is excited to share an open access publication which provides strong evidence for the programs impact on reducing falls and fall risk. Notably, the study identified that those with the highest fall risk when beginning the HOP-UP-PT program had an 8-fold decrease in falls compared to older adults who continued with normal activity. The randomized controlled clinical trial was funded by a 2018 Michigan Health Endowment Fund Healthy Aging Award ($201,058).

Setting up the Garmin Vivofit 4

Many adults over 65 years report they do not meet the recommended physical activity guidelines of 150-300 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. Activity trackers promote self-efficacy and physical activity in an older adult. Therefore, activity trackers can be useful to monitor activity and safely guide increasing exercise amounts. The HOP-UP-PT base independence program supports the use of wearable activity trackers for all program participants. While the program does not endorse one specific product, recent study iterations have had success with the Garmin Vivofit4.

HOP-UP-PT Program Overview

The growing healthcare demands of an aging population have created an urgent need to develop and evaluate novel preventative healthcare models capable of facilitating positive health outcomes any reduced cost thereby bringing about increased healthcare value to the community.