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Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs:
Saving Lives, Saving Money

The Challenge Older Adult Falls in the U.S.

  • 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls each year
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall
  • Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall
  • In 2013, the total cost of fall injuries was $34 billion (78% paid by Medicare)
  • This total cost may reach $67.7 billion by 2020
  • Even falls without injury can cause fear of falling, leading to physical decline, depression, and social isolation

The Solution Proven Community-Based Programs

A Matter of Balance

8-session workshop to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.

  • 97% of participants feel more comfortable talking about their fear of falling
  • 99% of participants plan to continue exercising
Otago Exercise Program

Individual program of muscle strengthening and balance exercises prescribed by a physical therapist for frail older adults living at home (aged 80+).

  • 35% reduction in falls rate
Stepping On

7-week program that offers older adults living in the community proven strategies to reduce falls and increase self-confidence.

  • 30% reduction in falls rate
Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi): Moving for Better Balance

Balance and gait training program of controlled movements for older adults and people with balance disorders

  • 55% reduction in falls rate

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