Christine Childers

Christine Childers: Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist; Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine, UA

Monday, April 22, 2024,

2:30pm – 3:30pm,

ASA Koffler Great Room and Zoom



How is it we can walk upright? And why, as we grow older, do we find it so much harder to stay upright? Chris Childers has not only studied these questions, she has developed a program to help us as we age. Unfortunately the systems built into our body for balance all decline with aging. We stoop; we fall. Today we are going to engage in some fun activities designed by Professor Childers to challenge and improve balance, simple things that everyone can do on their own. She’ll also discuss the power of music to promote physical activity in this project of “staying upright.”

After explaining how the human body stands erect and describing the six domains of balance, Chris will discuss the role of physical activity in fall prevention and demonstrate enjoyable ways to practice and improve aspects of balance.  Finally, she’ll look at the role music can have in this process.

Chris Childers moved to Arizona in 2021 to become the founding director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UA. She is involved with numerous supervisory bodies in the fields of Physical Therapy, Geriatric Physical Therapy— recently coordinating the 10-year revision of the description of that specialty practice—and Advanced Competency in Home

Health certification for the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Childers originally trained as a physiotherapist at the University of East Anglia in her native UK before moving to the US for PT practice and advanced study. She completed her PhD in Health Psychology in 2018 and was the associate program director for the hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy program of the University of St Augustine Health Sciences prior to coming to UA.

Compiled and edited by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer

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Apr. 22: “A Balancing Act: Staying Upright as We Age”