Senior Fall Prevention Program

Each year, one in three adults over the age of 65 falls. In 2010, Idaho Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to 9,619 fall-related calls for individuals 65 years of age or older.

When an older adult falls, it can create a domino effect on their health. They may suffer a severe injury, such as a hip fracture, resulting in lost mobility and subsequent loss of independence. The potential of being admitted to a long term care facility after a fall increases with age. Individuals who recover from a fall related injury may develop a fear of falling causing them to limit their activities, leading to reduced mobility and fitness. Their likelihood of falling again increases.


Falls Can Lead To

Senior exercising
  • Reduced mobility

  • Reduced independence

  • Increased admittance to long-term care facilities

  • Increased risk of premature death

Risk Factors for Falls

  • Lower body weakness

  • Problems with walking and balance

  • Taking four or more medications

  • Visual impairments

  • Chronic health conditions

Prevention Measures

  • Get regular medical check-ups

  • Vision checks

  • Medication reviews by your physician or pharmacist

  • Improve home environments

  • Improve lower body strength/balance by joining a Fit & Fall Proof™ Exercise Class


For More Information

For more information about the Senior Fall Prevention program, call the Senior Fall Prevention Program Coordinator for South Central Public Health District at 737-5988.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Topic: Falls Among Older Adults

National Institute on Aging
Tai Chi for Older People Reduces Falls, May Help Maintain Strength



Do It For Life!

Fit and Fall Proof™ Exercise Program

This exercise program is for individuals that want to improve their balance, strength, and mobility; the exercises are low-impact and can be done standing or while sitting in a chair. Classes are available in the following sites:

Site

Location

Time

Days

Cost

Carey

Carey Community Center

10:00 am

Tuesday & Thursday

None

Eden

First Segregation Fire Station

10:30 am

Tuesday & Thursday

None

Gooding

Gooding Senior Center

11:00 am

Monday & Wednesday

None

Hailey

Blaine County Senior Connection

10:00 am

Monday, Wednesday,
& Friday

None

Kimberly

Ageless Senior Center

10:30 am

Monday, Wednesday,
& Friday

None

Oakley

Oakley Fire Station

11:00 am

Tuesday & Friday

None

Twin Falls

Twin Falls Senior Federation

10:30 am

Monday, Wednesday,
& Friday

None

Wendell

Senior Wendell Housing

9:00 am

Tuesday & Thursday

None


In FY-2011, 379 (200 unduplicated) participants attended Fit and Fall Proof™ classes in SCPHD, comprising 5% of statewide Fit and Fall Proof™ attendance.

Findings analyzing the average of all participants in SCPHD who completed pre and post "Get Up and Go" tests report a statistically significant difference from pre to post test. (i.e. participants times were faster at pre-test showing an improvement in physical function such as mobility and balance.)

For more information, or to volunteer as a class leader, email the Fit and Fall™ Program Coordinator or call (208) 737-5988.

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Downloads

Resource Guide for Blaine and Camas Counties

Resource Guide for Cassia and Minidoka Counties

Resource Guide for Jerome, Gooding, and Lincoln Counties

Resource Guide for Twin Falls County

Printable Fit and Fall Proof™ Class Schedule

Senior Fall Prevention Checklist

T-shirt Braiding Video

Handouts

Home Fall Prevention Checklist

About Your Feet

Choosing a Walking Shoe

Walking Improves Wellness

Stretches for Walkers

Exercises to Improve Balance

Hydrate

Rising from the Floor

Rising Safely from the Floor

Seven Steps to Better Memory

Protect Yourself from Fraud

Mini Boot Camp

Links

Idaho Health and Welfare

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Safe Aging

Last Updated October 15, 2014 2:33 PM      © 2008 South Central Public Health District