NCOA Falls Free® Photos

2017 Falls Free® Photo Contest Winners

Please attribute any use of these photos or stories to National Council on Aging.

First Place

Organization: Asbury Harris Epworth Towers/Wesley Woods Senior Living; Atlanta, GA

“One Foot Forward”

What doesn’t kill us will make us stronger!

That’s the motto of older adults in this falls prevention class. Stronger means stronger arms, legs, and knees—and learning how to take control of their bodies by how they think, how they move, and how they react.

“In our class, we are ‘smoothing’ and ‘grooving’ while learning how to stoop, bend, and balance” says Mary Byrd, Life Enrichment Director. “Falls prevention classes are essential to help promote an injury-free life. So we have gotten off the couch, laced up our tennis shoes, and started moving to the beat.”

Participants want to keep moving with their hips and legs, so they “sashay” around their chairs, walk like they’re on a balance beam, then yell: “I GOT THIS!”

“We will not allow a fall to creep up and cripple us for life … no, not US!” Byrd says. “So, come what may, we’re preparing to tackle it every day.”

Second Place

Organization: Cobb County Government; Marietta, GA

“Pop Up Tai Chi”

You might have heard of the “pop up” restaurant trend, but what about Pop Up Tai Chi?

Cobb County Government in Marietta, GA, used this free and innovative idea to break down barriers around exercise and the generations.

On August 14th, 80 members of the community gathered at Hyde Farm Park on a beautiful sunny morning. Their goal? To promote a falls prevention method that is easily adaptable and accessible to everyone. A certified Tai Chi instructor led the group through a 40 minute demonstration that was energizing for all ages.

“This program broke the boundaries on what aging should look like,” says Tara Vroman, Fitness Education Specialist. “The average age was above 55, but we had community members of all ages. A young mother and her daughter even signed up, and they were taken aback by the sheer mass and active ability of the aging community surrounding them.”

Pop Up Tai Chi opened the door for intergenerational physical activity to promote a healthy community for all residents of Cobb County.

Third Place

Organization: Blount County Office on Aging; Maryville, TN

“SAILing to Safety”

There once were some old folks most weary
That even themselves couldn’t carry
But to see them all now
You would have to say “Wow!”
Thanks to Thelma, Juli, and Terri

These folks who once seemed so frail
Are now more hardy and hail
They can stretch and can breathe
Leg and hand weights they heave
After joining a class called S.A.I.L.

S.A.I.L. = Stay Active and Independent for Life

Honorable Mention

Organization: Lourie Senior Center; Columbia, SC

“Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention”

A local news reporter showed up to cover this Tai Chi program, sponsored by Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center at the Lourie Senior Center. 

A certified Tai Chi instructor led 27 participants through the 12-week program designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, stamina, and muscular strength, which in turn helps to prevent falls and improve flexibility and balance.

“We administered two assessments before and after the session,” said Nichole Kent Spivey, MBA, Palmetto Health Injury Prevention Coordinator. “Therapy staff conducted the REACH and Chair Stand Test among the participants, and the results showed a significant improvement in their balance and strength.”

After the class ended, every participant received a Tai Chi instructional DVD and a certificate of completion.

2016 Falls Free® Photo Contest Winners

Please attribute any use of these photos or stories to National Council on Aging.

First Place

Organization: Eskaton; Carmichael, CA

1st Place, for website

Second Place

Organization: Emerald Ridge Rehabilitation and Care Center; Asheville, NC

2nd Place, for website

Third Place

Organization: Chinese American Service League; Chicago, IL

3rd Place, for website

Honorable Mention

Organization: Community First Solutions; Hamilton, OH

Honorable mention 1, for website

Honorable Mention

Organization: The Hearth at Gardenside; Branford, CT

Honorable mention 2, for website

Honorable Mention

Organization: Emerald Ridge Rehabilitation and Care Center; Asheville, NC

Honorable Mention 3, for website

2015 Falls Free® Photo Contest Winners

Please attribute any use of these photos or stories to National Council on Aging.

First Place

Organization: Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services; Walnut Creek, CA

Winner 1

Second Place

Organization: St George Senior Citizens Center; St. George, Utah

Winner 2

Third Place

Organization: The Hearth At Franklin; Franklin, TN

Winner 3

Honorable Mention

Organization: The Seasons Club at McKee Medical Center; Loveland, CO

Honorable Mention 3

Honorable Mention

Organization: Partners in Care Foundation; San Fernando, CA

Honorable Mention 2

Honorable Mention

Organization: First Baptist Church of Glenarden; Landover, Maryland

Honorable Mention 1