2014 Falls Free® Photo Contest Winners
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2014 Falls Free® Photo Contest Winners

August 26, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the Falls Free® Photo Contest, and thank you to everyone who participated! The winning photos will be used to promote Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) on September 23, 2014. 

First Place

Organization: Annapolis Senior Activity Center, Annapolis, MD
Falls Prevention Program: Tai Chi

In this photo, Tai Chi students at Annapolis Senior Activity Center perform the “Golden Rooster” pose. Many of the center’s members have found that Tai Chi is a senior-friendly exercise program that makes a positive impact on their balance, flexibility, and breathing. As one student put it, “Falling has become a thing of the past since I started making this Tai Chi class a part of my routine.”

Second Place

Organization: Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, Boulder, CO
Falls Prevention Program: A Matter of Balance

The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging offers a program called A Matter of Balance, which emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. After the class ended, one participant called the instructor to say, “When I walk on an uneven surface, even the frozen ground, I can keep my balance. I know the class has helped a lot because my body feels good!”

Third Place

Organization: Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, Inc., Twin Lakes, WI
Falls Prevention Program: Stepping On

Stepping On is a seven-week program proven to reduce falls and build confidence in older people. In this photo, participants in Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, Inc.’s Stepping On program show off their heel toe approach for safer walking.

Honorable Mention

Organization: Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud, MN
Falls Prevention Program: Tai Chi

This participant at the Whitney Senior Center has taken exercise classes for the past six years and strives to be active and independent. Tai Chi has helped her improve her balance and lessen her chronic leg pain.

Honorable Mention

Organization: Generations Incorporated, Boston, MA
Falls Prevention Program: Tai Chi: Moving for a Better Balance

These seniors are finding the fun in falls prevention while participating in the evidence-based class, Tai Chi: Moving for a Better Balance, sponsored by the Generations Incorporated Active Aging Program.