Falls Prevention Programs
Falls prevention programs are designed to help older adults at risk for falls to build confidence in in their ability to manage these risks. Through a variety of techniques, participants learn skills to self-manage health behaviors, participate in healthy activities, and set goals to reduce fall risks and to participate more fully in daily activities.
Tai Chi for Arthritis
Participants meet for twice a week for eight weeks for a one hour session in this safe, enjoyable program targeting people living with arthritis. Medical studies have shown that Tai Chi relieves pain and improves the quality of life for people living with arthritis, though participants do not need to have arthritis to participate.
- Includes flexibility exercises which reduce pain and stiffness leading to increased mobility.
- Helps improve muscular strength (reduces pain and protects joints).
- Helps improve relaxation, balance, posture, and immunity.
Delivering Tai Chi for Arthritis with QTAC-NY
A 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. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.
A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.
The evidence and outcomes
In multiple findings, participants report increased activity levels and that their concerns about falling are interfering less with their social activity.¹
Participants learn to:
- View falls as controllable.
- Set goals for increasing activity.
- Make changes to reduce fall risks at home.
- Exercise to increase strength and balance.
Delivering A Matter of Balance with QTAC-NY
¹Healy, T.C., et. al. (2008). The Feasibility and Effectiveness of Translating A Matter of Balance into a Volunteer Lay Leader Model. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 27 (1), 34-51.
Stepping On is designed specifically for people who are: 1) at risk of falling, 2) have a fear of falling, or 3) who have fallen one or more times. Participants meet for two hours a week for seven weeks. Workshops are facilitated by trained Leaders and provide a safe and positive learning experience.
It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative; mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors, reduce their risk of falls, and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
The evidence and outcomes
Stepping On was successful in achieving a 31% reduction in falls among community residents who had experienced a fall in the previous 12 months or were concerned about falling during a randomized, controlled trial.¹
- Simple and fun strength and balance exercises
- The role vision plays in keeping your balance
- How medications can contribute to falls
- Ways to stay safe when out and about in the community
- What to look for in safe footwear
- How to check their home for safety hazards
Delivering Stepping On with QTAC-NY
¹Clemson L, et. al. The Effectiveness of a Community-Based Program for Reducing the Incidence of Falls in the Elderly: A Randomized Trial. J Am Geriatr Soc. (Sept 2004) 52 (9): 1487–1494. [Online]: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2004.52411.x/full – See more at: http://www.ncoa.org/improve-health/center-for-healthy-aging/stepping-on.html