Falls Risk Prevention Program

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), older adults had 2.5 million nonfatal falls in 2013 and more than 734,000 were hospitalized due to a fall. By 2012, the direct medical cost of falls, which includes insurance companies, nurse care, doctors and other professionals, medication, as well as other needs, were $30 billion.

The CDC STEADI algorithm provides the framework for ensuring multiple risks factors are addressed and a targeted approach to education, physical activation and strength and balance training is prescribed.

Menu of evidence-based programs:

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Matter of Balance

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.
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Otago

A home-based, patient-centered strength and balance-training program for older adults to prevent falls. The exercises are individually prescribed by a physical therapist and include a set of leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining movements and a walking plan.
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Tai Chi: Moving for a Better Balance

An evidence-based, gentle exercise regimen to improve balance, confidence, muscular strength, mobility, and physical performance to prevent falls in older adults and individuals with balance disorders. The program is provided to individuals in small groups at a variety of community centers.
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Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention

This evidence-based gentle exercise program, proven effective for fall prevention, was developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician in Sydney (Australia) and world leader in the field of tai chi for health improvement as founder of the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI).
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EnhanceFitness

An ongoing, one-hour physical group exercise led by a trained and certified in fitness for older adults community health worker. The classes are held 2-3 times per week in a relaxed, fun and dynamic atmosphere.
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Go4Life

An exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, is designed to help older adults fit exercise and physical activity into their daily life.
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Walk With Ease

A group-walking program to encourage people with arthritis to start walking and stay motivated to keep active. The program has been linked to reduced pain, improved function, mental health and health-related quality of life.
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