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Helping older adults reduce their risk of falling

In Oregon, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for adults 65 and older. One in three older adults falls each year, and 20 to 30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as bruises, hip fractures, and head traumas.

While falling is common to people of all ages, the severity of injury for older adults can result in a loss of mobility and independence. However, many falls are preventable; there are proven interventions that can help older adults reduce their risk of falling and live longer, healthier lives.

toolbox iconFall Prevention Resources

The Injury and Prevention Section aims to reduce senior falls by linking clinical practice to evidence-based fall prevention programs in the community. 

  • The STEADI Fall Prevention Toolkit is designed to help healthcare providers incorporate falls risk assessment and proven interventions into their clinical practice, by referring patients to three evidence-based programs designed for varying levels of mobility.

  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is a simplified eight-form program derived from Yang-style Tai Chi, that helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling when practiced for at least 12 weeks.

  • The Stepping On: Falls Prevention Program is a seven-week class in a small-group setting that helps older adults learn balance exercises and develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls.

  • The Otago Exercise Program is an individually tailored balance and strength program delivered by physical therapists in the home.

star icon Classes for Seniors

Email if you need assistance finding a class near you.