Falls prevention programs 

EVIDENCE SUMMARIES AND DISCUSSION AIDS

 

 

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Matter of Balance

A group-based, participatory workshop led by two trained lay leaders over 8 weekly or semi- weekly sessions. Initial sessions are educational and focus on the development of coping strategies to overcome the fear of falling. Click below to download the evidence summary and discussion aid.

 

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (pronounced tye gee chuwan) is a heavily researched, group-based falls prevention program delivered by trained leaders that is designed to improve strength, balance, mobility, and daily functioning, and prevent falls. It represents a shift in focus of traditional Tai Ji Quan training and performance as it transforms martial arts movements into a therapeutic regimen aimed at improving postural stability, awareness of body positioning in space, functional walking, movement symmetry and coordination, range of motion around the ankles and hips, and lower extremity muscle strength. Click below to download the evidence summary and discussion aid.

 

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)

A group-based, exercise and education program for older adults developed in Washington State with support from the CDC. The program is delivered by health professionals with experience in fitness or exercise science that have completed SAIL training. Click below to download the evidence summary and discussion aid.

 

STEPPING ON

A group-based, participatory workshop originally developed in Australia and delivered over 7 2-hour, weekly sessions by a trained facilitator. Participants receive a book and guide. The program focuses on storytelling as part of a comprehensive falls risk curriculum including identifying hazards, solving problems, identifying strategies for getting about the community, safe footwear, vision, and medication management.