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We help community organizations offer proven programs that reduce the fear of falling and help prevent falls.  Learn more below about proven programs for falls prevention and to reduce the fear of falling.

A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. This program has been adapted from the original intervention to be more suitable for community-dwelling older adults by allowing small group sessions to be led by a trained facilitator. Learn more about A Matter of Balance.

Otago

Otago is an individually tailored program of muscle-strengthening and balance-retraining exercises of increasing difficulty, combined with a walking program delivered in the home.  This extensively tested fall prevention program is now used worldwide.  In the United States. the program is delivered by a physical therapist in 4 visits over 8 weeks with follow up visits at 6, 9, and 12 months. The program is most effective when the older adult’s commit to doing the standardized  exercise program.  To learn more about the program and about an online training for physical therapists visit the online training portal. To learn more about the program and about an online training for physical therapists, visit the Center’s for Disease Control’s phConnect site.

Stepping On

Stepping On is a multifaceted falls-prevention program for the community-residing elderly. About 30% of older people who fall lose their self-confidence and start to go out less often. Inactivity leads to social isolation and loss of muscle strength and balance, increasing the risk of falling. Stepping On aims to break that cycle, engaging people in a range of relevant fall preventive strategies.  Learn more about Stepping On.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

The program includes 24 Tai Chi forms that emphasize weight shifting, postural alignment, and coordinated movements. Synchronized breathing aligned with Tai Chi movements is also integrated into the movement routine. The program goals are to improve balance, strength, and physical performance for older adults. Learn more about Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance.

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