Are you concerned that your walking is becoming unsteady? Or you are beginning to shuffle? On the Move: Group Exercise for Improved Mobility in Older Adults™ (OTM) is a group-based motor learning exercise program designed to improve walking in older adults. It specifically challenges the brain and nervous system to coordinate the timing and sequences of your movements with your posture to improve the smoothness and efficiency of walking.”
Deborah Doerfler, PT, DPT, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of New Mexico, conducts research specific to older adults, is certified by the National Osteoporosis Foundation as a BoneFitTM, Trainer, is a credentialed Balance and Falls Professional, and teaches Gerontology to graduate students in the UNM Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
Susan Joy Leach, PT, DPT, PhD, has been a physical therapist for over 30 years, and she has been a Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist since 2000. She enjoys working with older adults and is a certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults and credentialed Balance and Falls Professional. Leach has taught in the physical therapy program at UNM for the past four years. Additionally, she works part-time in the outpatient department at Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital.
Janet Popp, PT, MS, is a home health physical therapist and holds a master’s in gerontology. She is adjunct faculty at UNM Health Sciences Center Division of Physical Therapy, chair of the New Mexico Adult Falls Prevention Coalition, has presented falls prevention workshops at Oasis, and has a contract with the NM Department of Health to conduct falls prevention trainings for healthcare professionals.