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6 Steps to Prevent a Fall
You Have the Power to Prevent a Fall
Evidence-based falls prevention programs help older adults learn how to address their fear of falling and what they can do to improve or sustain their strength. This video highlights four of these programs: Tai Chi, Stepping On, A Matter of Balance, and the Otago Exercise Program.
View the 2017 Falls Free® Video & Story Contest Winners
Congratulations to the 2017 Video & Story Contest winners! This year’s winning videos include positive depictions of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. As a special addition, we included stories as part of this year’s entries which help showcase the enthusiasm for and benefit of participating in evidence-based falls prevention programs. Special thanks to the many contestants and judges.
Winner: Cobb Senior Services; Marietta, GA
“Under the beautiful skies and quiet serenity of Hyde Farm in Cobb County, Georgia, 80 older adults came together for their first Pop Up Tai Chi class in support of fall prevention awareness. The gathering provided a free, innovative way for Tai Chi and falls prevention methods to be promoted in the community. Pop Up Tai Chi was sponsored by Cobb County Senior Services, Parks and Recreation, and Cobb Libraries to show that inspiration for healthy aging can be found in unexpected places.”
Winner: The Mather; Evanston, IL
“At the Mather in Evanston, IL, the motto is “Ways to Age Well.” Residents can take classes to learn to prevent falls in their lives, including: Better Balance, FUNctional Fitness, Gentle H2O, and Tai Chi/Qi Gong. Balance training is incorporated into every classes to ensure that in addition to maintaining overall fitness, residents can work specifically on balance. Yearly fitness assessments provide a benchmark. Many residents say that all of this work pays off because they are in the best shape they have been in years.”
Winner: Phoenix Health Education and Wellness Center; Dalzell, SC
“Each day 10,000 baby boomers turn the age of 65 in what is considered the largest population group to reach retirement age in our nation’s history. Joseph Whiting, a Board Certified Tai Chi instructor is doing his part to help boomers age well. Joseph delivers evidenced-based Tai Chi for fall prevention programs in South Carolina. Nearly 100 people have taken his Tai Chi class to improve their balance and movement and learn to integrate mind with body, intelligence with intention. Tai Chi is one of several evidence-based exercise programs proven to effectively reduce the occurrence of falls. In a 2007 study, Tai Chi was shown to significantly reduce the risk of multiple falls by up to 55 percent.”
View the 2016 Falls Free® Video Contest Winners
Congratulations to the 2016 video contest winners! Over 25 video entries in which partners across the country showcased their enthusiasm for falls prevention were submitted. This year’s winning videos include positive depictions of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. Special thanks to the many contestants and judges.
Winner: Partners in Care Foundation; San Fernando, CA
Winner: Area Agency on Aging, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services; Rockville, MD
Third Place Tie
Winner: The Oasis Institute; St. Louis, MO
Third Place Tie
Winner: YMCA Healthy Living Center, YMCA Greater Des Moines; Clive, IO
View the 2015 Falls Free® Video Contest Winners
Congratulations to the 2015 Falls Free® video contest winners! Over 30 videos were entered in the contest, and competition was extremely tight. Many thanks to everyone who submitted entries, to our judges, and to GSK for supporting the contest.
Winner: Putnam Aging, Saint Albans, WV
Winner: New Hampshire Falls Risk Reduction Taskforce, Lebanon, NH
Winner: Chinese American Service League, Chicago, IL
Winner: John Corona, Fairlawn, NY
Winner: Eskaton (Dovos Media), Carmichael, CA