Falls are a serious hazard for older adults. Research shows that a third of older adults have a fall each year. These can lead directly to serious injury or death, but even when the consequences are less serious, falls can cause fear and withdrawal from social and physical activities that also put older adults at risk. The good news is that combinations of physical activity and education and risk reduction can lower rates of falls and reduce costs of care. There are numerous evidence-based falls prevention programs offered at reasonable prices by CommunityCare Link members throughout the city:
A Matter of Balance
This award-winning program helps manage falls by addressing fear of falling, reducing fall risks, and increasing safe physical activity. It is ideal for people who are interested in improving strength, flexibility, and balance. A Matter of Balance is offered over 8 weeks in two-hour sessions that combine physical training, education about risks, and peer support & problem solving. It is facilitated by two trained staff members to ensure productive discussion and group participation.
Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention
Tai Chi improves flexibility, muscle strength, balance, and overall fitness and targets areas of the body most often affected by arthritis, and is appropriate for people with mild, moderate and severe joint involvement and back pain. Tai Chi for Arthritis is offered over 8 weeks, in either one-hour sessions twice weekly or a single two-hour session. Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention is taught by staff experienced with Tai Chi who have also gone through the structured training for the program by a certified master trainer.
Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)
The SAIL falls prevention program is a physical activity program that meets for 12 weeks – three days per week. It is taught by experienced exercise professionals using a specific curriculum designed to improve lower extremity strength and balance. It also educates participants about common home risks. Appropriate for community-dwelling adults 65 and older with a history of falls, activities can be done either sitting or standing, which means that the program can accommodate people with a mild level of mobility difficulty.
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